To help forget the incessant rain we’ve experienced so far this spring, let’s re-visit the NJCTE 2019 High School Writing Contest Award Reception. We honored over 20 young authors at this event, which was held on a rare, sunny day, on April 12, 2019, at Union Catholic High School.
Julius Gottilla, former NJCTE Executive Board Member, opened the event and acted as host. He also coached the readers.
50-60 students, parents, teachers, and judges enjoyed refreshments and listened to Union Catholic students dramatically interpret excerpts from the winning works.
Michele Marotta presented the awards to the Poetry, Personal Essay, and Short Story Winners.
David Messineo, an NJ literary magazine editor, poet and historian, ended the program with a reading of selected poems from his eight published volumes. His emphasis on forgotten history and neglected American social groups was timely and thought provoking!