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Hall Students Recognized in Connecticut Student Writers Contest

Nine students from West Hartford’s Hall High School have been recognized, and two will have their works published.


In its 31st year, Connecticut Student Writers is the oldest and largest writing contest for K-12 students in the state of Connecticut, and its popularity has grown dramatically in recent years. This year, more than 1,800 students from across the state submitted their poetry, fiction, and nonfiction to CSW.

Hall had nine students recognized. Seven earned honorable mentions and two will be published in CT Student Writers Magazine.

Michael Cherny (2020) will have his non-fiction piece, “American English: A Means of Exclusion” published in the magazine, and Sarah Lewis (2019) will have two pieces – “Song of the Universe” (poetry) and “Unlaced” (fiction) published.

The following other students were recognized:

  • Marian Chen (2020); Honorable Mention: “How Accents Tend To Be Perceived In Society” (non-fiction)
  • Alicia Chiu (2020); Honorable Mention: “Friends With Unfavorable Ends” (poetry)
  • Juliana Hu (2020); Honorable Mention: “Neutrality on Race Equality and its Effects” (non-fiction)
  • Rose Kitz (2020); Honorable Mention: “A Body to Run For” (poetry)
  • Sarah Lewis (2019), in addition to published pieces; Honorable Mention: “Amber” (non-fiction); Honorable Mention: “Fibonacci Staircase” (artwork)
  • Julia Madonick (2020); Honorable Mention: “You’re Breaking Mine” (poetry)
  • Lauren Mahler (2020); Honorable Mention: “Transforming Political Culture with Simple Syntax and Diction” (non-fiction)
  • Zaria Pena (2019); Honorable Mention: “a father” (poetry)

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