In educational improvement contest: GHS student places second

Greenwich High School may have a future teacher walking its hallways, considering that one of its students, Erik Milbauer, recently won second place in the educational improvement video contest known as Student Voices.

Back in February, the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS) and The Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS) challenged students in grades sixth to 12th to develop short videos highlighting their best ideas for improving education.

The contest premise? Effectively transforming education in Connecticut requires “student voices.” Four months later, the videos have been reviewed by a panel of educational and community leaders, the public has voted and the results have been determined.

“Every video we received was creative, engaging and revealed a passion for improving public education in Connecticut,” said Joseph J. Cirasuolo, executive director of CAPSS. “We congratulate the students on their achievements and commend them for taking the time to develop such creative and engaging videos.”

Erik, a Riverside resident, tied for second place in the high school division of the competition.

In the high school division, the awards will be in the form of scholarship money as follows: $1500 for first place, $700 for second place and $350 for third place.

Featured among the top entries were ideas for integrating more technology into the learning process, recommendations for new classes, suggestions for more collaborative learning and strategies for restructuring the school day so students can learn more and learn better.

Karissa Niehoff, executive director of CAS, said, “I am so pleased that all the student entries were creative, thoughtful, and provided great suggestions for how we can improve schools. It is important for us to listen to students, consider their ideas, and involve them as appropriate in the work of bettering our schools. After all, schools are for kids.”

The Student Voices video contest was inspired by the CT NextEd Report, which provides a robust set of practical recommendations for how to reimagine Connecticut’s educational system.

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