CT Young Writers Competition
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- About 75 young poets and writers, teachers and family members cheered county finalists and champions during regional awards ceremonies Monday at Southern Connecticut State University -- despite a power failure and police blockades.
Festivities took place on the first floor of the Adanti Student Center in the elegant hallway by the information center. Young poets and writers heard encouraging words about their work from Southern President Cheryl Norton, who posed for pictures with many county finalists. Ct Young Writers Trust Administrator Elaine Clarke handed out certificates.
County champions as noted below each received $500 checks or will receive them via teacher or certified mail.
MIDDLESEX COUNTY POETRY CHAMPION
Olivia DelGiudice, 17,
Old Saybrook High School
TEACHER: Susan Murphy
MIDDLESEX COUNTY PROSE CHAMPION
Chelsea Melanson, 17,
The Morgan School, Clinton
TEACHER: Leslie Chausse
NEW HAVEN COUNTY POETRY CHAMPION
Mary Margaret Meehan, 17,
Westover School, Middlebury
TEACHER: Bruce Coffin
NEW HAVEN COUNTY PROSE CHAMPION
Noah Perito, 15,
Branford High School
"Dead Card Players Tell No Tales"
TEACHER: Wendy Grehl
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 continue this week:
* Tuesday, April 27, at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, for Fairfield and Litchfield counties; and
* Wednesday, April 28, at Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic, for New London and Windham counties.