Young Writers Contest

Congratulations to the Outstanding Authors!

Our 42nd Annual Young Writers Contest was a success! We received over 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. Please see below for a list of the 2022 winners and to view their written work.

The Linda J. Zhang Award for Writing Achievement 2022: Devisi Goel

The Linda J. Zhang Award for Writing Achievement is sponsored by the Linda J. Zhang Foundation, in remembrance of Linda. The award is given toward a gifted Chappaqua student that has shown a special dedication and achievement in writing showcased in the Young Writers Contest consistently over the years.

Congratulations, Devisi!

Winners of the 2022 Young Writers Contest

High School Nonfiction

First Place: Anonymous, 10th Grade, Respire

Second Place: Roshan Dhand, 9th Grade, Contemplations of a Candy Criminal

Third Place (tie): Netra Easwaran, 11th Grade, Anubhav, An Unapologetically Indian Experience

Third Place (tie): Dani Halperin, 10th Grade, My Grandpa's Diary

Third Place (tie): Alexa Troob, 10th Grade, Maybe Tomorrow

Honorable Mention: Nate Johnston, 10th Grade, Growing Up Asian

Honorable Mention: Joyce Chen, 11th Grade, Idea of Ancestry


High School Fiction

First Place (tie): Cassidy Weddle, 10th Grade, Through the Looking Glass Darkly

First Place (tie): Hudson Warm, 11th Grade, Lola

Second Place (tie): Daphne Cao, 11th Grade, Split

Second Place (tie): Rena Hollister, 10th Grade, Always and Forever

Third Place: Devisi Goel, 11th Grade, The Rivers of Time

Honorable Mention: Ian Cressman, 10th Grade, The Perfect City

Honorable Mention: Netra Easwaran, 11th Grade, Precious Fairy


High School Poetry

First Place: Tessa Wheeler, 11th Grade, Whip Stitch

Second Place: Neel Roy, 10th Grade, Injustice

Third Place: Alexa Troob, 10th Grade, A Hummingbird's Schedule

Honorable Mention: Gabrielle Wheeler, 11th Grade, Why'd you do it?

Honorable Mention: Maya Schwartzreich, 9th Grade, I Need to Be More Like a Bird


Middle School Nonfiction

First Place: Warren Fu, 8th Grade, U-turning on the International Highway

Second Place: Gloria Moraes, 8th Grade, Failing and Falling

Third Place (tie): Eliza Fink, 8th Grade, Misogyny in the Music Industry

Third Place (tie): Serene Jourdy, 7th Grade, The U.S. Should Shift to a Vegetarian-Based Diet

Honorable Mention: Naveen Talla, 8th Grade, Fact or Fiction: Misinformation and How to Identify It


Middle School Fiction

First Place: Arjun Jangi, 6th Grade, Bahadur

Second Place: Olivia Regan, 7th Grade, Night of the Moon

Third Place (tie): Violet Clinton, 6th Grade, Clarisse's Story

Third Place (tie): Nicolas Tejada Tilghman, 6th Grade, The Only Road Home

Third Place (tie): Bailey Card, 8th Grade, This Cycle

Honorable Mention: Zoya Nabeel, 8th Grade, Mirchi Masala (Pour a Little Mirchi Masala On It)

Honorable Mention: Hadley Robertson, 8th Grade, Beneath the Surface

Honorable Mention: Calvin Xu, 7th Grade, Countdown


Middle School Poetry

First Place: Arjun Jangi, 6th Grade, One Day

Second Place: Jude Al-Mufti, 8th Grade, Dahlia's in Darkness

Third Place: Patrik Ula, 7th Grade, Soldier Mom

Honorable Mention: Wania Syeda, 8th Grade, Gone

Honorable Mention: Sophia Levenson, 8th Grade, 6 Paces to Truth

Honorable Mention: Caroline Sunwoo, 6th Grade, Stress


Congratulations to the 2021 Winners!

You can find a list of the 2021 Winners here.

New Award for the 2021 Young Writers Contest

The Linda J. Zhang Award for Writing Achievement is sponsored by the Linda J. Zhang Foundation, in remembrance of Linda. The recipient of the inaugural award, Erica Dunne, was a senior at Greeley. Erica had won multiple awards in the Young Writers Contest, in multiple categories: poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Congratulations, Erica!

Erica Dunne with the Zhang Family