The 8th Annual Volunteer Square Teen Essay Contest, in partnership with the Patch, has come to a close. We received essays from 75 students in 35 high schools across Connecticut this year, truly an overwhelming response this year. The essays submitted truly represented how volunteering impacts the lives of teenagers in Connecticut. The essays were well written, thoughtful, and gave the reader a glimpse into the important volunteer work the students participate in.
We want to thank everyone that submitted an essay and to all that helped us promote this year's contest. Special thanks to our partners at Patch and to the Volunteer Square Board of Directors and Advisory Board for reading every essay and helping choose the winners.
And now, without further ado, we are thrilled to announce the 8th Annual High School Essay Contest Winners.
First Place was awarded to Michael Bellacicco, a senior at Westhill High School in Stamford. Michael's essay shares his journey of volunteering at a nursing home and how the relationships he's built are the most important part of his experience. "In my experiences, I have realized that I am not only impacting others, but they are also impacting me. I would have never imagined that I would have a friend who could recall her experience of Pearl Harbor. My experience at the nursing home went from fulfilling a requirement for volunteer hours, to a life altering experience. " Read Michaels's full essay HERE.