Berkshire County Real Women Essay Contest winners honored

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PITTSFIELD — The Berkshire County Real Women Essay Contest Task Force has announced the winning essays written by area students for the 32nd Real Women Essay Contest. The contest was created to honor National Women's History Month each March as an effort to increase awareness of contributions made by women to our society and used to promote students' literacy and writing skills.

Founded in 1986, the Real Women Essay contest, invites Berkshire County students in kindergarten through Grade 12 to write an essay, poem, scripted conversation, first person monologue or journal recognizing a woman in their lives that has inspired them. Students can write about a role model or mentor, a woman on the national stage who has inspired them or an historical figure whose contributions have made a difference in their lives.



This year's winners are:

Kindergarten honors

Allendale Elementary School, Pittsfield: Caleb Koomson, Tyler LaCasse, Reese Moran; Egremont Elementary School, Pittsfield: Emma McCullough, Nathan Sykes.

First Place honors

Grade 1: Reese Albano, Williams Elementary School, Pittsfield; Grade 2: Lucas Parise, Stearns Elementary School, Pittsfield; Grades 3-4: Maya Kee, Crosby Elementary School, Pittsfield; Grades 5-6: Christopher Lyon, Morris Elementary School, Lenox; Grade 7: Matt Lee, Reid Middle School, Pittsfield; Grades 9-12: Kacie Copeland, Drury High School, North Adams.

Second Place honors

Grade 1: Liam McGrath, Allendale Elementary School, Pittsfield; Grade 2: Madilynn Breault, Stearns Elementary School, Pittsfield; Grades 3-4: Ava Boos, Stearns Elementary School, Pittsfield; Grades 5-6: Sophie Cohen, Morris Elementary School, Lenox; Grade 7: Aniyah Moody, Reid Middle School, Pittsfield; Grades 9-12: Cristina Cassidy, Drury High School, North Adams.

Honorable Mentions

Grade 1: Kristen Adjei and Edrisa Touray, Williams Elementary School, Pittsfield; Grade 2: Olivia Monti and Kalvin Phillips, Stearns Elementary School, Pittsfield; Grades 3-4: Alayna Osorio, Allendale Elementary School, Pittsfield; Grades 5-6: Belen Gavez and Marlene Valero-Calderon, St. Agnes Academy, Dalton; Grade 7: Jane Wong, Reid Middle School, Pittsfield; Grades 9-12: Domenica Gomez, Lenox Memorial Middle & High School and Jade Saldo-Torres, Drury High School, North Adams.



To learn more about the contest, visit http://brighamcenter.org/real-women.


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