Essay contest winners saluted

Local legislators on Nov. 18 hosted a reception at Bristol City Hall to honor area students who participated in an essay contest about what Bristol means to them.

Students from St. Joseph, West Bristol, and St. Matthew schools were recognized for their outstanding essays. The students’ writings build upon Bristol’s new “All Heart” brand, which emphasizes the caring culture of the city.

Sen. Henri Martin, Rep. Whit Betts, Rep. Cara Pavalock and Rep. Frank Nicastro commended the students on their efforts and extended special thanks to contest sponsor Thomaston Savings Bank, according to a press release.

Thomaston Savings Bank provided $50 and $25 gift cards to the winners and runners up.

City of Bristol and Greater Bristol Chamber of Commerce Brand Manager Mark Walerysiak, Thomaston Savings Bank Marketing Manager Dawn Nielsen, Rep. Cara Pavalock, Thomaston Savings Bank Branch Manager Marilyn Perzan, Emily Zarcone (runner up, West Bristol School), Peter Miller (winner, St. Joseph School), Carter Dossias (runner up, St. Joseph School), Elijah Gonzalez (winner, West Bristol School), Ryder Raymond (winner, St. Matthew School), Thomaston Savings Bank Branch Manager Phyllis Tucker, Sofia Veronesi (runner up, St. Matthew School), state Rep. Frank Nicastro, and state Sen. Henri Martin.

City of Bristol and Greater Bristol Chamber of Commerce Brand Manager Mark Walerysiak, Thomaston Savings Bank Marketing Manager Dawn Nielsen, Rep. Cara Pavalock, Thomaston Savings Bank Branch Manager Marilyn Perzan, Emily Zarcone (runner up, West Bristol School), Peter Miller (winner, St. Joseph School), Carter Dossias (runner up, St. Joseph School), Elijah Gonzalez (winner, West Bristol School), Ryder Raymond (winner, St. Matthew School), Thomaston Savings Bank Branch Manager Phyllis Tucker, Sofia Veronesi (runner up, St. Matthew School), state Rep. Frank Nicastro, and state Sen. Henri Martin.