Winners Chosen in Zane’s Cycles "What Are You Thankful For?" Essay Contest

New Haven, CT, December 08, 2011 --( Five smiling elementary students proudly displayed their winning essays amidst parents, grandparents, siblings and cameras flashing in Zane’s Cycles store. These five students, one each from Kindergarten through 4th grade, were chosen as having written a winning essay in his or her grade on the subject “What Are You Thankful For?”, sponsored by Zane’s Cycles of Branford. Each was awarded a $100 gift certificate from Zane’s Cycles.

Competition was very intense with over 400 entries sent in to the contest. “It was exceptionally difficult to choose a winner. All of the young writers showed great creativity and enthusiasm,” said Tom Girard, manager of Zane’s Cycles and presenter of the awards. “Many included an illustrated example along with their story. We relied on an independent panel of judges to choose the winning essays.”

Three judges, comprised of an elementary school teacher, an education consultant and a journalist, read all the entries. The contest was open to all elementary students from Grades K – 4.

The winners of the Zane’s Cycles “What Are You Thankful For?” Essay Contest 2011 are:

Kindergarten - Annabelle Tore, Mary T. Murphy School
Grade 1 – Anisa Palma, John Daniels School of International Communication
Grade 2 – Emerson Forbes, Mary R. Tisko School
Grade 3 – Jennifer Antell, Mary T. Murphy School
Grade 4 – Olivia Vitale, Mary R. Tisko School

Zane’s Cycles is located at 330 East Main Street in Branford, 203-488-3244 or at

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Lynn DeJoseph