THE FINAL 16
THE HARTFORD CLUB
County writing champs now go for state title:
Norwich Bulletin 5-21-10
Young Writers awards are June 3
By SHARMA HOWARD
Posted May 21, 2010 @ 11:32 PM
A range of subjects were contemplated in the poems and prose of four New London and Windham county champions of the Young Writers Competition.
The annual competition is sponsored by the Connecticut State University System and the Connecticut Young Writers Trust.
An awards ceremony, which is open to the public, will be held June 3 at The Hartford Club. Out of 795 entries from Connecticut teenagers this year, a pool of county champions were selected. From that group, two writers from each of Connecticut’s eight counties will be named state champions at the awards ceremony. Those students will have the opportunity to have their work published in CT Review. Both county and state champions receive cash prizes.
About the student[s]:
Josh Bryer: The son of Michael and Cheryl Bryer, this 17-year-old student who attends Killingly High School is a resident of Killingly. He is a finalist for his poem “A Number of Thoughts.” The one-page poem expresses Bryer’s sentiments about education and was crafted in a classical way. “It was modeled on John Edwards, a Puritan writer, and follows a certain meter and writing pattern,” Bryer said. The poem points out that grades don’t reflect what a student truly knows and understands, he said.
Gloria Creamer, 16: The daughter of Terry and David Creamer, this Montville High student from Oakdale is a finalist for her 10-page short story, “Old Glory.” The story is about a boy who has returns from college and reflects on childhood. As he rummages through memories, he realizes childhood was more idyllic.
“He takes a look at himself and decides he can change how he’s living to make life resemble those days more and how life doesn’t have to be bad,” Creamer said.
Anna Nassiff, 18: The daughter of Tracy Duenzel, this student attends both Windham High School and the Arts at the Capitol Theater and lives in Columbia. Her short story, “Mrs. Warren in Color,” is about how a young girl who cares for an elderly woman begins to understand that age doesn’t separate them. “Writing is a way to express myself and the things that need to be expressed are going to be delved into further,” Nassiff said.
Grace Beggins, 17: The daughter of Anne and Tom Beggins, of Guilford, the Williams School student won for her poem, “Cloud Gazing,” which she described as an observation poem. With references to classics, she both created a poem that paid homage to the Greek classics as well as “looked at the clouds in a different way,” Beggins said.