Congratulations to the 2018 Student Writing Contest Winners!

Please join NJCTE in congratulating the winners of the 2018 High School and Middle School Student Writing contests! The winners will receive their awards at a reception on April 24, 4:30pm-5:30pm, at Union Catholic High School.

2018 Middle School Writing Contest Winner:
Kelly Xu, “Outside My Window,” Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School
Kristine Shurina, teacher

2018 High School Writing Contest Medal Winners:

Poetry
Winner’s Name School Name Sponsoring Teacher Title of Work Award
Madeleine Song Northern Valley Regional High School at Demarest Marisa Januzzi “Aquarius” Gold
Isabella Gonzalez Livingston High School Susan Rothbard “The Weight” Silver
Eloisa Sablan Livingston High School Susan Rothbard “An Almost Something: Lovefool” Silver
Maressa Park Mary Help of Christians Academy Elizabeth Evans “Beautiful.” Bronze
Stephanie Shue Bergen County Academies Richard Weems “Breathe” Bronze
Madison Wade Livingston High School Amanda Buyes “Don’t Ask Why, Ask Why Not” Bronze
Essay
Winner’s Name School Name Sponsoring Teacher Title of Work Award
Swathi Kella Ridgewood High School Patricia Hans “Family Recipe: How to Make an Indian Thanksgiving Dinner” Gold
Gillian Parker Northern Highlands Regional High School Brian Belluzzi “Communion Cake and Christmas Break” Gold
Elyse Genrich Morristown High School Allison Janosy “Childlike Curiosity” Silver
Amber Leung Pascack Hills High School Edward Sandt “Rice Cakes can Never be Uncrustables – And That’s Okay” Silver
Kathleen Parkhurst Northern Highlands Regional High School Philip Leib “Handstand” Silver
Lauren Hirschmann Livingston High School Jessica Rivchin “When Our Home Became Hers” Bronze
Sarah Lackey Bergen County Academies Richard Weems “A Tiger in Chinatown” Bronze
Short Story
Winner’s Name School Name Sponsoring Teacher Title of Work Award
Kushal Dhungana Livingston High School Mary Brancaccio “Lost in Thought” Gold
Hee Jae Jung Tenafly High School Lauren Malanka “Whole Again” Silver
Vani Shankar Bergen County Academies David Wilson “Tears of Yesterday” Silver
Camila Fang Wardlaw Hartridge School Stephanie Cohen “The Nature of Resentment” Bronze
Su Min Kim Bergen County Academies Richard Weems “To Us, He Is Eliah” Bronze

2018 High School Writing Contest Certificate of Merit Winners:

Winner’s Name School Name Sponsoring Teacher Title of Work Genre
Helaina Parejo Cinnaminson High School Amy O’Hearn “Jenkins Road” Short Story
Emma Cooke Immaculate Heart Academy Sue Kenney “Unrequited” Poetry
Cedrick Cantave Irvington High School Sarah Caddle “Brooklyn” Poetry
Kaja Owens Kinnelon High School John Penola “In the Straights” Short Story
Aidan Carter Madison High School Jason Ellrott “Haze” Short Story
Naima Troutt Montclair High School Beryl Steinbach “Life Without Orange” Short Story
Smruthi Sathya Morris County School of Technology Emily Bohn-Drake “Never Again” Poetry
Simone Dimatteo Princeton Day School Tom Quigley “Junk” Poetry
Deavihan Scott Rutgers Preparatory School Eireann Corrigan “Ice Cream” Poetry
Sydney Larino The Calais School Cynthia Polles “Challenges Led to Dreams from the Heart” Personal Essay
Julia Ozgar Union Catholic Regional High School John Rotondo “What We Do at Night” Short Story
Alyssa Kabezian Vernon Township High School Kathy Weyant “The Rose Poetry
Celia Murphy-Braunstein West Orange High School Janine Sullivan “A Life in Different Eyes” Short Story

The prompt for the Personal Essay Contest was:
Write a personal essay or narrative about an experience of race, ethnicity, class, religion or gender enlightenment that was significant for you.

We would like you to steer away from general to more personal experiences and observations.  For example, you may choose to write about particular toys that were or were not given to you because of your gender, the expectations of important individuals in your life, decisions about where to sit in the cafeteria or what classes to take, conflicts over what information to share or not share in school, decisions about where to go and if you should go to college; the possibilities are wide ranging.

This prompt may bring to your attention a preconception previously unnamed, but it may also enable you to speak about your strengths and joys, about what unites us instead of what divides us.

Check the NJCTE website for details about the 2019 writing contests!

New Jersey Council of Teachers of English, the New Jersey state affiliate of NCTE, the National Council of Teachers of English

Congratulations to the 2018 Student Writing Contest Winners!

5 thoughts on “Congratulations to the 2018 Student Writing Contest Winners!

  1. Entering the contest and engaging in the writing process has made every student who has submitted an entry a winner! Bravo! And, thank you to the teachers who see the value in the NJCTE Writing Contest. Next year, invite colleagues to enter the writing of their students. Each teacher may submit the ten best entries. The classroom teacher is our first round judge.

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