League of Women Voters Announces “Dear Madam Vice President” Essay Contest Winners

The League of Women Voters of Greenwich and their affiliate high school clubs are pleased to announce the winners of their second annual essay contest for students in grades K-12. This year’s essay contest celebrates the first female vice president with the essay prompt, “Dear Madam Vice President”.

Students were encouraged to write a letter to Vice President Harris, sharing their stories, advice, and wishes.

The League received close to 200 submissions. Students wrote an essay of up to five-hundred words. A panel of high school student judges followed an anonymous judging protocol to review the essays and choose three winners: one each for elementary school (K-5), middle school (6-8), and high school (9-12), along with honorable mentions in each category. Children of the League of Women Voters of Greenwich board members were not eligible to participate.

Winners have been notified via email. They have each been asked to provide a video recording of themselves reading their essay aloud for future presentation on the League’s website.

High School Division (Grades 9-12)
Winner: Amrutha Nandakumar, 9th, Greenwich High School
Honorable Mention: Brinkley Blum, 11th grade, The Winchendon School
Honorable Mention: Spencer Emil Elkind, 10th grade, The Harvey School
Honorable Mention: Hannon Stern, 9th grade, Greenwich High School
Honorable Mention: Grace Turner, 11th grade, Greenwich High School

Middle School Division (Grades 6-8)
Winner: Arya Devi Pelletier, 6th grade, Greenwich Country Day School
Honorable Mention: Rhys Brooks, 6th grade, Brunswick School
Honorable Mention: Olivia Figueiredo, 7th grade, Sacred Heart Greenwich
Honorable Mention: Gabrielle Hughes, 6th grade, Sacred Heart Greenwich
Honorable Mention: Elan Suttiratana, 7th grade, Whitby School

Elementary School Division (Grades K-5)
Winner: Madeline Liew, 5th grade, International School at Dundee
Honorable Mention: Kent Como, 5th grade, Whitby School
Honorable Mention: Arabella McKersie, 1st grade, Cos Cob Elementary School
Honorable Mention: Ellie Osnoss, 5th grade, Greenwich Academy
Honorable Mention: Catherine Riley, 4th grade, Whitby School