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Annual High School Writing Contest

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40th Annual High School Writing Conest

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Essay: Write a personal essay, labeled ESSAY, on a topic of your choice of no more than five double-spaced, typed pages.

Fiction: Write a short story, labeled FICTION, of no more than five double-spaced, typed pages.

Poetry: Write a poem of no more than 50 lines.

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Entries must be mailed in postmarked no later than December 20, 2019.

39th Annual High School Writing Contest Winners

POETRY

  • 1st Place
    • “You Don’t Taste the Brokenness” by Maya Miller, Polytechnic School, Pasadena, CA, Ms. Marion, 10th grade
  • 2nd Place
    • “We Meet Again, Beethoven” by Nathan Phuong, Homestead High School, Fort Wayne, IN, Dr. David Price, 11th grade
  • 3rd Place (tie)
    • “Happy Half Birthday” by Taylor Bechtel, Northern Highlands Regional High School, Allendale, NJ, Ms. Svea Barrett, 12th Grade
    • “Dear Society” by Maelle Rosser, Montclair High School, Montclair, NJ, Ms. Corporan, 11th Grade
  • Honorable Mentions
    • “China Girl, China Town” by Marlena Manubag, Livingston High School, Livingston, NJ, Mrs. Susan Rothbard , 9th grade
    • “Shrimp Hate Them” by Erika Kluge, Northern Highlands Regional High School, Allendale, NJ, Ms. Svea Barrett, 11th Grade
    • “August in Mulund” by Shaam Beed, Livingston High School, Livingston, NJ, Mrs. Susan Rothbard, 12th Grade
    • “It’s Hunting Season” by Grace Morrissey, Northern Highlands Regional High School, Allendale, NJ, Ms. Svea Barrett 12th Grade
    • “interview (at the women’s shelter)” by Jessie Lin, Princeton Day School, Princeton, NJ, Mr. Thomas Quigley,  10th grade
    • “August Elegy” by Jonathan Chen, Livingston High School, Livingston, NJ, Mrs. Susan Rothbard, 12th grade
    • “Grandfather in Minor Key” by Jeffrey Liao, Livingston High School, Livingston, NJ, Mrs. Susan Rothbard, 11th grade

ESSAY

  • 1st Place (tie)
    • “My Imperfect Legacy” by Melanie Nolan,  Pennsbury High School, Fairless Hills, PA, Ms. Maryann Daley, 12th grade​
    • “The Autopsy” by Raven Horan, West Catholic Prep High School, Philadelphia, PA, Str. Ave Armstrong,  12th grade
  • 2nd Place
    • “Elevation” by Athira Sivadas, The Tatnall School, Wilmington, DE, Mrs. Carroll, 12th grade
  • 3rd Place
    • “Things I Could Tell You About My Mother” by Jonathan Chen, Livingston High School, Livingston, NJ, Mrs. Susan Rothbard, 12th grade
  • Honorable Mention
    • “A Mirror in Romania” by Dana Serea, Rutherford High School, Rutherford, NJ, Ms. Melissa Dougard, 9th grade

FICTION

  • 1st Place
    • “Only Us” by Hye In Lee, Bergen County Academies, Hackensack, NJ, Mr. Richard Weems, 11th grade
  • 2nd Place
    • “Waterproof Mascara” by Hannah Ahn, Tappan Zee High School, Orangeburg, NY, Ms. Lauren Calcaterra, 11th Grade 
  • 3rd Place
    • “Bittersweet Kheer” by Aditi Desai, , Livingston High School, Livingston, NJ, Mrs. Susan Rothbard, 11th Grade
  • Honorable Mentions
    • “Caroline” by Charis Shin, Bergen County Academies, Hackensack, NJ, Mr. Richard Weems, 12th Grade 
    • “To Catch a Falling Star” by Vanessa Silva, Bergen County Academies, Hackensack, NJ, Mr. Richard Weems, 12th Grade
    • “A Knife, a Shovel, and an Ex-Girlfriend Go to the Grocery Store” by Taylor Bechtel, Northern Highlands Regional High School, Allendale, NJ, Ms.   Svea Barrett, 12th Grade
    • “Late Parents” by Anthony Burger, Bergen County Academies, Hackensack, NJ, Mr. Richard Weems, 11th grade
    • “Safe” by Analisa Faulkner, Montclair High School, Montclair, NJ, Jamie Siwinski, 9th Grade
    • “Valeria” by Peren Teshyurt, Bergen County Academies, Hackensack, NJ, Mr. Richard Weems, 12th grade
    • “Grace” by Katherine Nikolau, Cherokee High School, Marlton, NJ, Mrs. Pulverenti, 10th grade