Wesley George Szollosy-Hallock, a student at Sarah Noble Intermediate School in New Milford, was among a half-dozen Litchfield Country students honored recently in the statewide Connecticut Higher Education Trust "Dream Big!" competition.

The contest asks students to share their dreams about life after college through drawings and essays.

Overall, 63 winners including Wesley were selected from nearly 4,000 entries.

Aspiring doctors, police officers, teachers, charity workers and more participated in this year's competition.

Wesley earned a $500 contribution to a CHET college savings account.

"Dream Big! emphasizes the notion of going to college for students," said state Treasurer Denise L. Nappier, a CHET trustee.

"We're pleased that, through CHET, we can introduce so many families to the importance of saving for college early," she added, "and give them a head start in planning for their children's education."

The Dream Big! competition, which ran from Jan. 27 through March 26, is aimed at getting students to think early about college.

It features two entry categories based on grade level. Students from kindergarten to third grade submitted drawings expressing what they want to do after college. Students in fourth and fifth grades wrote an essay answering the question, "How will I change the world after college?"

Entries were judged based on five criteria: creativity, originality, portrayal of theme, spelling and grammar.

All winning students were recognized during a ceremony at Rentschler Field in East Hartford.

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