35th Annual High School Writing Contest Winners

POETRY

  • 1st Place
    “Malignant” by Alexis Annunziata, Livingston High School, Livingston, NJ,  Ms. Susan Rothbard, 12th grade
  • 2nd Place
    “Freshwater Aquarium in the Lobby of a Children’s Hospital” by Alexandra Spensley, Avon Lake High School, Avon Lake, OH, Mrs. Stacey Hallett
  • 3rd Place
    “The Kitten” by Jackie Yang,  Northern Highlands Regional High School, Allendale, NJ, Ms. Svea Barrett, 10th grade
  • 3rd Place
    “Autumn Swim” by Nicole Steinberg, Northern Highlands Regional High School, Allendale, NJ, Ms. Svea Barrett, 11th Grade
  • Honorable Mention
    “For Lily” by David Barsamian, Northern Highlands Regional High School, Allendale, NJ,  Ms Svea Barrett, 10th Grade
    “Ode to Abraham Lincoln” by Katie Boyajian, Northern Highlands Regional High School, Allendale, NJ, Ms. Svea Barrett, 11th grade
    “7 Billion Little Children” by Jay Morris, Charter Tech High School for the Performing Arts, Somers Point, NJ, Ms. Carrie Brisbin, 12th grade
    “72 Beats per Minute” by Hajra Jamal, Dr. Ronald E. McNair Academic High School, Jersey City, NJ, Ms. Jennifer Dwyer, 12th grade
    “Last Year to Summer’s Shore I Did Return”, by Jaclyn Mule, The Westminster Schools, Atlanta, GA, Kyle Healy, 9th Grade
    “Desert”, by Sophya Giuddici-Juarez, Miami Arts Charter School, Miami, FL, Ms. Jen Karetnick, 9th Grade

ESSAY

  • 1st Place
    “Family History” by Emily Zhang, Richard Montgomery High School, Rockville, MD, Mr. Klotz, 11th grade
  • 2nd Place
    “Backstage” by Sabrina Li, The Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, NJ, Dr. Chris Cunningham, 11th grade
  • 3rd Place
    “Of High School and Hair Dye” by Kelley Lynne Moncrief, Toms River High School North, Toms River, NJ, Mrs. Susan Kelly, 12th grade
  • Honorable Mention
    “Shore” by Catherine Valdez, Miami Arts Charter School, Miami, FL, Ms. Jen Karetnick, 12th Grade
    “No Longer Ruminating on the Past” by Chao li Zhang, Dr. Ronald E. McNair Academic High School, Jersey City, NJ, Ms. Jennifer Dwyer, 12th grade

FICTION

  • 1st Place
    “Catch Me If You Can” by Tiffany Wang, John H Guyer High School, Denton, TX,  Ms. Kim Carver, 11th grade
  • 2nd Place
    “Shooting Star” by Betsy Zaubler, Newark  Academy, Livingston, NJ, Ms. Tess James, 10th grade
  • 3rd Place
    “I am Ricky” by Kristen Caron, Lenape Valley Regional High School, Stanhope, NJ, Mrs. Judi Grow, 12th grade
  • Honorable Mention
    “Grow” by Gavin Murtha, Northern Highlands Regional High School, Allendale, NJ, Ms. Svea Barrett, 10th grade
    “Greetings from Mystery Island” by Gabrielle Walters, Northern Highlands Regional High School, Allendale, NJ, Ms. Svea Barrett, 12th grade
    “Dear Nicole” by Samantha Pappas, Northern Highlands Regional High School, Allendale, NJ, Ms. Svea Barrett, 12th grade
    “Skin” by Sabrina Li, The Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, NJ, Dr. Chris Cunningham, 11th grade
    “Fourscore and Seven Years Ago, Mary” by Zachary Ball, Chatham High School, Chatham, NJ, Ms. Oona Adams, 11th grade
    “The Shoprite Chronicles” by Joline Hartheimer, Northern Highlands Regional High School, Allendale, NJ, Ms. Svea Barrett, 12th grade