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Annual High School Writing Contest

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38th Annual High School Writing Contest Winner

POETRY

  • 1st Place
    • "Dung Beetle" by Morgan Varnado, Oak Park-River Forest High School, Oak Park, IL, Mr. Peter Kahn, 11th grade
  • 2nd Place
    • "the unit of happiness" by Shivani Parulekar, Bergen County Academies, Hackensack, NJ, Mr. Richard Weems, 11th grade
  • 3rd Place
    • "Confessions" by Makena Deveraux, Cape Elizabeth High School, Cape Elizabeth, ME, Dr. Lisa Melanson, 11th grade
  • Honorable Mention
    • "Flint" by Cassandra Eppler, Rockville High School, Vernon, CT, Ms. Victoria Nordlund, 11th Grade 
    • "plink plink" by Maya Berardi, Avonworth High School, Pittsburgh, PA, Ms. Melissa DeSimone, 11th grade
    • "The First Seashell Grave on Fox Hill" by Taylor Bechtel, Northern Highlands Regional High School, Allendale, NJ, Ms. Svea Barrett, 11th Grade
    • "Postcards From Him" by Sophia Bevacqua, Northern Highlands Regional High School, Allendale, NJ, Ms. Svea Barrett, 12th Grade
    • "the flooding", by Dana Chiueh, International Bilingual School at Hsinchu-Science-Park, Hsinchu, Taiwan, Mr. Alex Bleecker, 11th Grade
    • "Reading Between The Lines", by Kaileigh Mclaughlin, Allentown High School, Allentown, NJ, Ms. Cheryl Chambliss, 12th grade
    • "Shrunken Head Factory", by Ralfo Manzur, Miami Arts Charter School, Miami, FL, Ms. Ariel Lewis, 10th grade

ESSAY

  • 1st Place
    • "Returning to the Motherland" by Judy Xie, Mountain Lakes High School, Mountain Lakes, NJ, Mr. Jared Barin, 10th grade
  • 2nd Place
    • "Migration" by Danelle Antelo, Miami Arts Charter School, Miami, FL, Ms. Ariel Lewis, 12th grade
  • 3rd Place
    • "Immigration, Democracy, and the EU: An Essay on the Refugee Crisis in Eastern Europe" by Katherine Benjamin, Notre Dame High School, Lawrenceville, NJ, Mr. Robert Dingle, 9th grade

FICTION

  • 1st Place
    • "Red" by Simona Vigodner, Bergen County Academies, Hackensack, NJ, Mr. Richard Weems, 12th grade
  • 2nd Place
    • "Coffee for Breakfast" by Victoria Choe, Livingston High School, Livingston, NJ, Mrs. Susan Rothbard, 10th Grade
  • 3rd Place
    • "Seussophobic" by Jesse Miller, Polytechnic School, Pasadena, CA, Ms. Rachel Pringle, 12th Grade
  • Honorable Mention
    • "The Gateway to Hell" by Gillian Parker, Northern Highlands Regional High School, Allendale, NJ, Ms. Svea Barrett, 12th Grade
    • "Blue Popsicles" by Erika Kluge, Northern Highlands Regional High School, Allendale, NJ, Ms. Svea Barrett, 11th Grade
    • "Caffeine Deprivation" by Laura Bedser, Notre Dame High School, Lawrenceville, NJ, Ms. Wargo, 11th grade