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Fairfield Students Win Awards For 'Dreaming Big'

Osborn Hill third-grader Lauren Ji won a state contest for the above drawing.
Osborn Hill third-grader Lauren Ji won a state contest for the above drawing. Photo Credit: CHET Dream Big Competition

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Two Fairfield elementary school students won a statewide competition for sharing their dreams of helping the environment when they grow up.

The Dream Big Competition, sponsored by the Connecticut Higher Education Trust, asked students in kindergarten through fifth grade across the state to submit creative pieces about their dreams for life after college. Kids from in kindergarten through Grade 3 turned in drawings, while fourth- and fifth-graders wrote essays for the contest.

Lauren Ji, a third-grader at Osborn Hill School, and Miranda Lien, a fourth-grader at Roger Sherman Elementary School, were both winners in their age group. Lauren’s entry says she hopes to “create clean energy to prevent oil spills” and “Save the sea animals.”

Miranda’s dream also has an environmental focus. In her essay , she says she wants to become a writer to compose books to encourage people to use greener appliances and energy sources.

“My dream of helping the environment came was inspired by the smokestacks off the highway,” Miranda wrote in her essay. “When I saw how much we were polluting the air, I wanted to help.”

One boy and one girl in each grade from each county were selected as winners. For the winning entries, each won a $300 contribution to a CHET college savings plan.

“We were impressed with the heartfelt essays and expressive artwork that our talented young entrants produced for this year’s competition,” State Treasurer Denise Nappier, a CHET Trustee, said in a press release. It was challenging to pick winners from among more than 2,200 submissions; all of the students put forth a great effort with their drawings and essays.”

You can see the rest of the state’s winning entries at the CHET website.

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