WASHINGTON — ASAP!’s 15th annual Celebration of Young Writers invited students from public and private schools as well as home-schooled children to submit poetry and prose.
The selection process was blind: a panel of judges selected pieces where names and schools were removed. ASAP! received over 150 submissions from 55 schools and home-schooled students throughout Connecticut. ASAP! is thankful to all the participating schools for encouraging their students to share their love of writing, said an email from the organization.
ASAP! announces the top thirty-two 2020 Celebration of Young Writers selections from each grade level:
Elementary School - Analisa Albaridi of Mill Hill Elementary School in Fairfield, Nhyira Anderson of Children’s Community School in Waterbury, Sophia Anderson of Washington Primary School, Washington Depot, Summer Copen of Washington Montessori School in New Preston, Annabel DiCostanzo of Mitchell Elementary School in Woodbury, Zoe Ericson of Washington Montessori School in New Preston, Emily Halliwell of Rotella Interdistrict Magnet School in Waterbury, Hayden Hughes Homeschooled, Violet Hughes Homeschooled, Faith Theisen of Washington Montessori School in New Preston, Zoë Woodhall of Washington Montessori School in New Preston.
Middle School - Malin Adams of Litchfield Middle School in Litchfield, Avery Foss of Litchfield Middle School in Litchfield, Maeve Hickey of Litchfield Intermediate School in Litchfield, Carolyn Huegi of Education Without Walls in New Milford, Morgen Kleppin of Schaghticoke Middle School in New Milford, Mary Cate Neary of Litchfield Middle School in Litchfield, Sophia Pang of Litchfield Middle School in Litchfield, Sophie Perkel of Litchfield Middle School in Litchfield, Sam Quigley of Litchfield Middle School in Litchfield, Noah Sedlak of Litchfield Middle School in Litchfield.
High School - Evan Briatico of Wamogo Regional High School in Litchfield, Teigan DaCunha of Chase Collegiate School in Waterbury, Laura Gutaman of Bethel High School in Bethel, Katherine Jimenez of Derby High School in Derby, Wyatt King of Shepaug Valley High School in Washington, Dylan Miller of The Gilbert School in Winsted, Linda Petersen of Genesis Program in Wilton, Joyce Tao of Cheshire Academy in Cheshire, Sarah Walsh of Nonnewaug High School in Woodbury, Sompour Wolfe Homeschooled in New Milford, Lauren Young of Trinity Catholic High School in Stamford.
In place of ASAP!’s typically live and in-person Celebration of Young Writers, they are presenting a pre-recorded event featuring the top 12 young writers of 2020. This event will be presented by guest host, Congresswoman Jahana Hayes, and released in August. Details on how to view this event will be shared on the ASAP! website and social media platforms. All top 32 writing submissions will be published on the ASAP! website following the Celebration of Young Writers event in August. ASAP! thanks all the young writers that participated in the 2020 Celebration of Young Writers and encourages everyone to keep on writing.
The annual Celebration of Young Writers was inspired by ASAP!’s passion to encourage children’s creativity and imagination in the literary arts and was established with the help of Ellen and Frank McCourt, Ann and Denis Leary, and Susanna Salk as a way of supporting a love of writing.
ASAP! is a social profit arts organization that reaches 9,000+ children a year throughout Connecticut. For more information about this event please visit their website at www.asapct.org.