Ten LWV Greenwich member-volunteers judged the essays. To them, all essays were anonymous both by individual
and by school. Every submitted essay was read by at least two judges. The top ten essays, by
score, were read by four judges.
The grading rubric included assessments of the essay’s organization, of the
persuasiveness of the argument, and of whether the author documented their research. The
essays submitted by all winners were checked to ensure original work.
The judging panel included Greenwich Selectpersons Lauren Rabin and Janet Stone McGuigan, LWV Greenwich President Sandy Waters, and seven former educators: Caroline Adkins, Jean DiVincenzo, Ann Edwards, Anthony Moor, Barbara O’Neill, Susan Rattray, and Ann Sampson. Waters, Rabin, and O'Neill all formerly served on the Greenwich Board of Education; Waters and Adkins are current LWV Greenwich Board members and Stone McGuigan is a past member.
Each of the essays represents dedication and a commitment of time to research, to write, and to submit. All were impressive and deserving of individual recognition for each student's contribution. The honorable mention papers are below.