Eight sixth-grade students from four Fairfield middle schools won U.S. Savings Bonds in a Women's History Month essay contest that concluded with a ceremony at the Pequot Library on April 30.

Winners and runners-up from four schools also were honored with citations from the Connecticut General Assembly.

The essays were about women in history who stood against conventional attitudes and made a difference for the future. Winners received $100 bonds and runners-up $50 bonds.

Winners and runners-up and the women they wrote about are:

Roger Ludlowe Middle School

First place: Emma Kolakowsi -- Patricia Reilly Giff

Runner-up: Paul Jeon -- Harriet Beecher Stowe

Fairfield Woods Middle School

First place: Natalie Pippolo -- Caroline Maria Hawkins

Runner-up: Madeline Russell -- Donna Lopiano

St. Thomas Aquinas School

First place: Connor Sendzik -- Rosa DeLauro

Runner-up: Emma Geckeler -- Ella Grasso

Tomlinson Middle School

First place: Phoebe Cardenas -- Lydia Huntley Sigourney

Runner-up: Corinne Wilklow -- Dorrit Hoffleit