Connecticut Student Writers Recognition Night 2021

Welcome to our 2021 virtual awards ceremony! Below are 15 videos--an Introduction from CWP Director Jason Courtmanche, a keynote address from author Veera Hiranandani, and then 13 videos from students from Kindergarten through twenth grade. Co-sponsorship has been provided by the English Department, the Neag School of Education, the Early College Experience and Pre-College Summer Programs, and Dodd Human Rights Impact. A PDF of the magazine can be downloaded here.

Jason Courtmanche, Assistant Professor of English and Teacher Education, Director of the Connecticut Writing Project, and Assistant Coordinator of the Early College Experience English program. Read his talk here.
Veera Hiranandani, author of The Night Diary, winner of the Malka Penn Award for Human Rights in Children's Literature. Read her talk here.
TJ Wells is a Kindergartener at CREC Ana Grace Academy of the Arts Elementary Magnet School in Avon. His teacher is Sue Files. His essay is titled "My Story."
Owen Geitzen is a 1st grader at Northeast Academy Arts Magnet School in Mystic. His teacher is Allison Brown. His poem is titled "Our Walks."
Claire Stephenson is a 2nd grader at Squadron Line Elementary School in Simsbury. Her teacher is Maureen Billings. Her peom is titled "Winter Dance."
Tharan Chimmiri is a 3rd grader at Buttonball Lane School in Glastonbury. His teacher is Genessa Zickefoose. His short story is titled "Operation Oxygen."
Kinley Cincotta is a 4th grader at Eli Terry Elementary School in South Windsor. Her teacher is Jacquie Childree. Her short story is titled "Dan the Lion."
Allison Lang is a 5th grader at Lake Street School in Vernon. Her teacher is Nicole Guillet. Her poem is titled "Elementary School Classroom."
Miranda King is a 6th grader at Schaghticoke Middle School in New Milford. Her teacher is Amy D'Orio. Her poem is titled "Fall."
Riley Anderson is a 7th grader at East Granby Middle School. Her teacher is Renee Klucznik. Her essay is titled "My Hidden Truth."
Sadie Cuneen is an 8th grader at Amity Middle School-Bethany. Her teacher is Thomas Ward. Her poem is titled "Living History."
Sarah Fortin is a 9th grader at Amity Regional High School in Woodbridge. Her teacher is Emily Clark. Her short story is titled "Lost in My Mind."
Clarissa Halpryn is a 10th grader at Rockville High School in Vernon. Her teacher is Vicky Nordlund. Her short story is titled "The Last Light of a Dying Star."
Kaylin Maher is an 11th grader at Rockville High School in Vernon. Her teacher is Vicky Nordlund. Her poem is titled "Envy."
Cory Nocton is a 12th grader at EO Smith High School in Storrs and Solterra Academy in New Britain. Cory's teacher is Becky Mitelman. Cory's play is titled "New Haven Lofts."