Scholastic Writing Awards Ceremony 2021

Jason Courtmanche 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.

 

For a complete list of honored students, go here.

Stacy DeKeyser Stacy DeKeyser is the author of six books for young readers. Her latest novel, The Rhino in Right Field, has been nominated for readers’ choice awards in six states, represented Wisconsin literature at the National Book Festival in 2019, and was a finalist for the Connecticut Book Award. She lives in Simsbury. To learn more about Stacy, please visit her website: https://www.stacydekeyser.com/
"A Different Tale," by Maisie Bilston, Junior at Hopkins School in New Haven – Teacher: Ian Melchinger

"A Different Tale," by Maisie Bilston, Junior at Hopkins School in New Haven – Teacher: Ian Melchinger

Maisie Bilston is a junior at Hopkins School. Some of her favorite writers include Virginia Woolf, James Baldwin, T.S. Eliot, and Philip Larkin. She’s currently working on a poetry collection called “Paving Paradise,” as well as a novel about four high-school seniors. Maisie has lived in Germany and England, as well as the United States.
"June's Box," by Angela Yuan, Senior at Miss Porters – Teacher: Alyssa Auriemma

"June's Box," by Angela Yuan, Senior at Miss Porters – Teacher: Alyssa Auriemma

Angela Yuan is currently a senior at Miss Porter’s School. Originally from Beijing, China, Angela rejoices in the duality of voices offered by her travel experiences. Some of her passions include historical fiction, skiing, and black coffee. Pursuing the path of journalism, she vows to uplift every unheard voice hidden in corners of the world.
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"America's Segregated Classroom: an unending cyle of poverty and prejudice," by Justin Wu, Junior at Loomis Chaffee School – Teacher: Kate Saxton

A Chinese-American student, Justin is currently a junior in the Loomis Chaffee School. Justin’s investigation into racial segregation was sparked by his history class, which focuses on minority representation and the portrayal of an “equitable history.” Through his writing, Justin hopes to shed light on today’s most contentious issues.
"A Scholar on a Battlefield," by Sofia Schaffer, Sophomore at Hopkins School – Teacher: Lena Roy

"A Scholar on a Battlefield," by Sofia Schaffer, Sophomore at Hopkins School – Teacher: Lena Roy

Sofia Schaffer lives in Ridgefield, Connecticut, and attends Hopkins School in New Haven where she is currently a Sophomore. Sofia’s favorite pastime is reading, but she also loves writing short stories, birdwatching, and illustrating scenes from books. Her favorite things to read are fantasy novels and anything with animals in it.

"To Be Normal," by Sabrina Lam, Senior at Manchester High – Teacher: Nicole Gamberale

I am currently a junior at Manchester High School. My favorite pastimes include painting European landscapes, learning groovy riffs on guitar, journaling about film, and most importantly, expressing myself through writing. I especially love car rides at night, summer rain, coffee shops, and lighted cities. I hope to one day pursue a career in journalism and travel the world.