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The Office of the Secretary of the State annually sponsors the 8th Grade Excellence in Citizenship Award to recognize outstanding students throughout Connecticut who are active participants in their community and their school.

Civic participation is a critical element in the vibrancy and health of our democracy, and students who devote time and energy to these pursuits are worthy of recognition for their efforts. Citizenship awards provide encouragement for students to continue these endeavors throughout their school years and beyond. All Connecticut schools are invited to participate.

The 8th Grade Excellence in Citizenship Award recognizes one eighth grader from each participating school who demonstrates the qualities of active participation in civic or community activities, good scholarship and school involvement.

Contest Timeline:

  • March 18, 2013 - Must be postmarked or hand delivered by March 18, 2013.
  • April 1, 2013 - Judging deadline.
  • April 15, 2013 - Winners will be posted on the SOTS website.
  • TBD - A citation will be mailed to each student at the address which is provided on the ENTRY FORM. Our judges will select one winner from each Congressional District to receive a $100 prize and a citation which will be presented to the winning student at the event listed on the ENTRY FORM.

Please Note: In the event that the Secretary’s schedule does not allow her to attend your event we will schedule a press event so the Secretary can present the award at that time.

Guidelines and Information:

  • The student must be a current 8th grader in the State of Connecticut.
  • An ENTRY FORM must be sent in with each submission.
  • Only one submission may be submitted by each school/establishment.
  • Submission may be made by anyone (teacher, parent, etc.)
  • ENTRY FORMS and SUBMISSIONS may be emailed to on or before March 18, 2013.
  • Mailed ENTRY FORMS and SUBMISSIONS must be postmarked on or before March 18, 2013.
  • Submissions must not exceed five pages (one sided only).
  • Paper size must be 8 ½ x 11 or 11 x 17 only (no binders or plastic covers please).
  • Submissions must be typed or hand written neatly with pen.
  • Submissions will not be returned so please make a copy prior to mailing them in.
  • The following information must be included on the front page on the upper right corner:
    • Student’s Name
    • Congressional District of student’s home address (1-5).
  • All students will receive a citation signed by the Secretary. One student from each congressional district will be chosen to receive a monetary award to be presented by the Secretary of the State along with their signed citation.
  • Judging will be based on the students’ profile (academics, community involvement, leadership, and personal achievements).
  • The contact person listed on the ENTRY FORM will be contacted only if their submission is selected to receive the $100 prize.
  • The winning submissions will be available to view on the SOTS website.

Mailing Checklist:

  • In the upper right corner of the submission please write: Student’s name and Congressional District of their residence.
  • ENTRY FORM is complete and legible.
  • EMAILED ENTRY FORMS and SUBMISSIONS may be emailed to on or before March 18, 2013.
  • Mailed ENTRY FORMS and SUBMISSIONS must be postmarked on or before March 18, 2013.
  • Mailing Address: Office of the Secretary of the State
    210 Capitol Avenue, Room 104
    Hartford, CT 06106
Question: I have a question about the 8th Grade Citizenship Award.  I am unclear as to what constitutes a submission?  I know submissions may only be up to 5 pages but what is supposed to be submitted - a resume, official school transcript, teacher or counselor recommendations?  Is the student to write an essay about their activities and achievements?
Answer: Any and/or all of the above. Anything which explains how the student meets our criteria. The student may, but is not required to write an essay. In many instances, students are not aware that they are being submitted to receive this scholarship by a school administrator.


  • Volunteer Service to the community
  • Involvement in citizenship or character building organizations
  • Good scholastic record
  • Participation in student government programs or activities
  • Faithful school attendance
  • Leadership ability to motivate other to actions to benefit the community
  • Supporting information
  • Only 1 person may be submitted by each school