Scholastic Writing Awards 2022

CWP Director Jason Courtmanche’s opening remarks

Jason Courtmanche talking

Jason Courtmanche is an Assistant Professor of English and Teacher Education, the Director of the Connecticut Writing Project and the Assistant Coordinator of Early College Experience English. Click to view his opening remarks for the 2022 Scholastic Writing Awards.

Author/ Illustrator Lizzy Rockwell’s Keynote Presentation

Author/ Illustrator Lizzy Rockwell’s Keynote Presentation

Lizzy Rockwell is an author/ illustrator. Lizzy is the 2022 Scholastic Writing Award keynote speaker. Click to listen to Lizzy's keynote presentation. To learn more about Lizzy and her work, visit her website.

Siwen Cui reads from “From the Founding Documents to the Beautiful Disney Princesses”

Siwen reads from her critical essay



Siwen Cui is a junior at Kent School. Exploring American values through the lens of her own culture offers her unique insights into gender studies and inspires her to write about how the conception of gender and sexuality subtly but persistently shapes history and culture. Her favorite pastimes include swimming, reading Greek mythology, and hanging out with her dogs. Her favorite Greek gods are Apollo and Artemis.

Siwen Ciu reads an excerpt from her critical essay “From the Founding Documents to the Beautiful Disney Princesses: the Ugly Truth About the Subjugation of Women in America.”




Sophie Marcus reads “Frozen”

Sophie Marcus reading her poem




Sophie Marcus is an eighth-grade student at Mansfield Middle School.  When she’s not scoring soccer goals or pitching shutouts in softball, Sophie is most at home on the stage – acting, singing, and dancing.  In addition, she is a talented baker and chef, inspired by the Great British Baking Show.  This is Sophie’s first award for writing.

This is her poem “Frozen.”

Gabrielle Wincherhern reads “Per Astra Ad Aspera”

Gabrielle reads her science fiction story.




Gabrielle Wincherhern is a senior at Amity High School. She loves stories of all kinds—whether they come in the form of writing, art, music, film, or games—and sees stories as a way to connect with and to inspire others. She enjoys birds, bubble tea, and the way humanity rises from tragedy.

This is her science fiction story “Per Astra Ad Aspera.”

Isabella Wu reads “I Will Find You With Golden Buns”

Isabella reads a personal essay




Isabella Wu is a sophomore at Choate Rosemary Hall. Her favorite pastimes are reading novels, writing short stories and poems, digital art, and playing music. In her writing, she strives to convey stories with her emotions and connect with readers through pieces about identity, love, regret, joy, and other themes, as well as elevate underrepresented voices.

This is her personal essay “I Will Find You With Golden Buns.”

Muriel Stankeviciute reads four poems

Muriel reads her poetry




Muriel Stankeviciute is a senior at Rockville High School in Vernon, CT. As a member of her school’s creative writing program, she explores writing structure and rhyme schemes to create pieces that mirror flowing streams of thought while developing a unique voice as a poet. In her free time she enjoys meditation, astrology, reading fantasy and historical fiction, and–of course–writing. Muriel is pursuing a career in secondary education, while working to establish her own role in the literary field.

She reads four poems here.