Greenwich student tops in essay test

Greenwich High school junior Kiana Comizio showed her prowess at essay writing during this year’s Connecticut Foundation for Open Government (CFOG) high school essay contest.

She won third prize and $300 for her essay about whether 911 calls and crime-scene photos from the 2012 Newtown school shooting and other homicide cases should be made public.

“When evidence is broadcast that displays the brutality of an event, people are more likely to be agents of change and attempt to better society,” she wrote. “History has proven that the release of photographs can inform the nation and spur positive change.”

CFOG, a nonprofit educational organization, sponsors the essay contest annually to encourage thought and debate among students on public and freedom of information issues and to increase student knowledge of the value of open government in a democratic society.

Judges for the contest were Janet Manko, George Krimsky, Martin Margulies, Lyn Hottes, Forrest Palmer and Mary Connolly.

Honorable mention awards of $50 were awarded to Katie Williams, Christopher Fenaroli and Lindsay Pecora of Greenwich High School.

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