CT Young Writers Competition
DANBURY, Conn. -- About 150 young poets and writers, teachers and family members cheered county finalists and champions during regional awards ceremonies Tuesday at Western Connecticut State University.
Festivities took place in the student center ballroom at the Westside Campus. Young poets and writers heard encouraging words about their work and tales about the writing life from Western President James Schmotter, Chancellor David Carter and Writing Professor Lynn Paris Purtle.
County champions as noted below each received $500 checks or will receive them via certified mail.
FAIRFIELD COUNTY POETRY CHAMPION
Julia Albano, 18,
"Red In The Shade Of Salsa Diane"
Danbury High School
TEACHER: Deborah Casey
FAIRFIELD COUNTY PROSE CHAMPION
Zeena Advani, 17,
Westhill High School, Stamford
TEACHER: Robin Denninger
LITCHFIELD COUNTY POETRY CHAMPION
Carter Brown, 18,
Litchfield High School
TEACHER: Deborah Dove
LITCHFIELD COUNTY PROSE CHAMPION
Claire Burch, 16,
New Milford High School
TEACHER: Cheryl Morosko
They are now eligible for the state champion prizes, which include additional checks in the amount of $1,000.
State champions will be announced June 3 during the annual celebration at The Hartford Club.
Regional ceremonies conclude this week:
* Wednesday, April 28, at Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic, for New London and Windham counties.