2023 Young Writers Contest Results
. . .from the Friends of the Chappaqua Library. . .
This year, the Friends of the Chappaqua Library received nearly 200 submissions from middle and high school writers throughout the Chappaqua Central School District. The authors of the winning nonfiction, fiction, and poetry works were celebrated at an award ceremony on June 1st in the Chappaqua Library Courtyard.
This year's recipient of the Linda J. Zhang Award for Writing Achievement is Alexa Troob. Alexa is student at Horace Greeley who has won Young Writers Contest awards in all three categories during her high school years. Her consistent and excellent work in all three categories each year made her a standout candidate for this year's award. In addition, like Linda, Alexa has demonstrated through her award-winning writing, a passion for environmental stewardship.
CONGRATULATIONS TO. . .
Middle School Nonfiction
1st Place: Arjun Jangi, Why I'll Think Twice Before I Pick Up a Bag of Chips
2nd Place: Cecilia Valdes, How Everyone Impacts The Ocean
3rd (tie): Serene Jourdy, Movement
3rd Place (tie): Chanakya Nayudu, Space Debris: A Looming Crisis in the Final Frontier
Middle School Fiction
1st Place: Violet Clinton, Answer
2nd Place (tie): Natalie Jong, Daughter of the Moon
2nd Place (tie): Mila Rymarczyk, Dewhurst Hollow
2nd Place (tie): Luke Scholl, Paintball
Middle School Poetry
1st Place: Arjun Jangi, Good Enough
2nd Place: Cecilia Valdes, We Never Saw It Coming
3rd Place (tie): Brandon Roô, Roses Are Red, But Are Violets Blue?
3rd Place (tie): Aditi Vijil, Parks and Ice Skating
3rd Place (tie): Gigi Wheeler, Innocence
High School Nonfiction
1st Place: Roshan Dhand, My Dad is a Barber
2nd Place: Sean Patrick-Sasaki, It's Coral
3rd Place: Nora Gross, Childless
Honorable Mention (tie): Zoe Chung, Meok
Honorable Mention (tie): Warren Fu, Sack of Rice
High School Fiction
1st Place: Rory Frasch, Life and Death and Everything In Between
2nd Place (tie):& Charles Peterson, Capturing Cold
2nd Place (tie): Alexa Troob, The Full Picture
Honorable Mention: Rena Hollister, Two Halves Make a Whole
High School Poetry
1st Place (tie): Tessa Wheeler, The Othello Poems
1st Place (tie): Hudson Warm, Sea, Sky, Land
3rd Place: Jude Al-Mufti, Credit to the Cradle
Honorable Mention: Lucy Johnson, They Won't Be Watching
Honorable Mention: Azalia, The Forgotten Love