Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Poetry, Prose Champions

Noted By Courant

Prose, Poetry Earn
Two High School Students
Trip To Dublin Festival

June 5 2007

Students at Rockville High School and the Educational Center For The Arts in New Haven have won the top statewide prizes in prose and poetry in the 10th annual IMPAC-Connecticut State University Young Writers competition. Melanie Lieberman, 16, of Vernon, won for her story, "Mashed Potato Boy And My Fifth Grade Romance." Maya Polan, 18, of New Haven, took home the poetry prize for her poem, "Unruly Sonnets Written In A Midwestern Key."

At the annual dinner Friday at the Litchfield Inn, both students were awarded full-expense-paid trips to Dublin for a week of festivities connected with the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Dublin Writers Festival. They were awarded $1,000 in April after being named winners in their respective counties and categories. The Young Writers Trust also is sending a parent of each winner to Dublin. The program has given more than $150,000 to teenagers since 1998. About 4,000 students have participated in the program.

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