Annual Celebration Sunday, May 31, 2009
Mark Twain House & Museum
With Young Writers Supporters@ Southern Event
From left to right: Franz Douskey, founding board member, Connecticut Young Writers Trust; Dr. Cheryl Norton, President, Southern Connecticut State University; young poets and writers Felicity Sheehy, Evelyn Benvie, Dillon Jones and Aliza Gans; Dr. David Carter, the CSU System Chancellor. Complete list of all county champions, their schools and titles of their works, follows ....
-- Photo by Betsy Beacom, Assistant Director, Office of Public Affairs, Southern Connecticut State University
A few recent news clips:
Winners named in Connecticut Young Writers contest
Posted Apr 28, 2009 @ 8:09 PM
Willimantic, Conn. — Four young poets and writers from New London and Windham counties were announced as regional champions Tuesday night in the 2009 Connecticut Young Writers Competition.
During ceremonies at Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic, the quartet was among 37 poets and writers honored as county finalists.
The poetry county champions are Jhyde Ryals, 18, of Robert E. Fitch High School in Groton, for her poem, “To Jhyde: From Daddy,” and Yarelis Rivera, 14, of Windham High School, for her poem, “I Said No.”
The prose county champions are Hilary Sunderland, 17, of Griswold High School for her story, “Beauty in the Breakdown,” and Kianne Gaylor, 18, of Woodstock Academy for her story, “Illuminating the Shadows.”
More than 580 students entered the state competition this year.
The county champions each received $500 checks and are invited to the annual statewide ceremony and celebration May 31 at Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford. The state champions in prose and poetry will receive additional cash awards during the annual celebration.
On the Web
Connecticut State University System Young Writers Page: www.ctstateu.edu/community/impac.htm
Young Writers Trust: www.ctyoungwriters.org
Waterbury Paper Notes
Litchfield County Champions In Prose, Poetry
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Torrington, New Milford students win writing awards
A Torrington High School senior and a New Milford High School freshman have won the top awards from Litchfield County in the 2009 Connecticut Young Writers Competition.
Torrington’s Kevin Redmond,17, won the regional prize for his poem “The Cold Stare Of Infinity.” New Milford’s Clarissa Burch, 15, won for her story “Missing You.”
The awards were presented during ceremonies Thursday night at Western Connecticut State University for Litchfield and Fairfield counties. The winners received $500 each.
This year’s competition, which began in 1998, drew entries from 580 students throughout the state. Regional winners from each county will attend a statewide ceremony May 31 at the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, where Connecticut’s best prose and poetry entries will be named.
JI Notes A Tolland County Champion,
Journal Inquirer, Manchester, CT
Page 4, April 25, 2009
Local student wins writing contest; more than two dozen are finalists
By Journal Inquirer Staff
Rockville High School student Jessica Ruman was among four winners from Hartford and Tolland counties in this year’s Connecticut Young Writers Competition.
Ruman won in the prose category for her story, "Photo." She was honored April 20 during a ceremony at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain.
Some 580 students from across the state participated in county competitions, the third highest number of entries in the competition’s 12 years. The contest is sponsored by IMPAC and the state university system.
County champions each receive $500.
Area finalists in the prose category include:
Kaelyn Kelly-Colon from Manchester High School for "Queenie: The Cain and Abel Complex," Ryan Juliano from Windsor and Northwest Catholic High School in West Hartford for "Prologue To A Heist."
Dawn Rzeznikiewicz for "Love You Too," Katharine Vannier for "Edelweiss Ghost," Melanie Lieberman for "A Bird in the Hand, Worth Two in the Bush," Allison Burg for "Cappucino Girl," and Rose Goldich for "Laughter," all from Rockville High School.
Amanda Schroth from Ellington High School for "Pretty, Pretty Baby," Katie Angelica from Ellington Middle School for "Hearts Tide."
And, Elise Ursin for "Lost," Connor Tracy for "Spam," and Catherine Stanford for "Calling Down a Statue," all from E.O. Smith High School in Mansfield.
In the poetry category, area finalists include:
Thelma Boamah from East Hartford High School for "The Memories of Virginia Tech," Miriam Thompson of Manchester and Kingswood-Oxford School in West Hartford for "Nuclear."
Lauren Kidd for "Weeding," Amber Murphy for "The Guardians of Life," Kathryn Johndrow for "Early Frost," Jocelyn Weaver for "Champagne Dreams on a Beer Budget," Anne Buller for "Andrew," Patrick Crane for "Memories are Just as Flammable as Gasoline," Jordyn Woodtke for "Circuitous," and Amy Zylberman for "Falling into the Mosh Pit of Love," all from Rockville High School.
And, Aubrey Haboush for "Georgia O," Rachel Fuller for "Alarm Lullabies," Seanna Cottle for "The Secret," Caitlin Parmelee for "Something New," Miles Wilkerson for "The New World," and Jamie Phillips for "Longevity," all from E.O. Smith High School in Mansfield.
OF COUNTY CHAMPIONS / STATE FINALISTS
The poetry county champions are: Jhyde Ryals, 18, of Fitch Senior High School of Groton, for her poem, "To Jhyde: From Daddy;" Yarelis Rivera, 14, of Windham High School, for her poem, "I Said No;" Amanda Ball, 17, of Greenwich Academy, for her poem, "Snapshots Denied;" Kevin Redmond, 17, of Torrington High School, for his poem, "The Cold Stare Of Infinity;" Cara Dorris, 15, of Glastonbury High School, for her poem, "hors de Paris;" Jamie Phillips, 17, of E.O. Smith High School, for her poem, "Longevity;" Dillon Jones, 16, of Old Saybrook High School, for his poem, "Ode;" and Felicity Sheehy, 16, of Westover School of Middlebury, for her poem, "Evening Conversation."
The prose county champions are: Hilary Sunderland, 17, of Griswold High School, for her story, "Beauty in the Breakdown;" Kianne Gaylor, 18, of Woodstock Academy, for her story, "Illuminating the Shadows;" Emma Lowenberg, 16, of the Lowenberg Home School in Redding, for her story, "Bernard;" Clarissa Burch, 15, of New Milford High School, for her story, "Missing You;" Leah Shafer, 16, of Simsbury High School, for her story, "Snap;" Jessica Ruman, 17, of Rockville High School, for her story, "Photo;" Evelyn Benvie, 18, of Valley Regional High School of Deep River, for her story, "Once More;" and Aliza Gans, 16, of Educational Center for the Arts of New Haven, for her story, "The Mile."
The competition has inspired the participation of over 580 students this year -- the third highest number of entries in the competition's 12 years -- and is sponsored by IMPAC and the Connecticut State University System.
Regional ceremonies were held Tuesday at Eastern, Monday at Southern and last week at Central and Western Connecticut State Universities.
Since, 1998, the Trust has given more than $174,000 to Connecticut's best young writers.
About 6,000 students have participated in the program since 1998.
The county champions each received $500 checks and were invited to the annual statewide ceremony and celebration May 31 at Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford. Resuming a long-standing practice, the state champions in prose and poetry will receive additional cash awards during the annual celebration.