NEW LONDON, N.H. — Superintendent Winfried Feneberg is pleased to share that three Kearsarge Regional High School students won honors in The Center of the Arts Second Annual Teen Writers Project Competition.
The competition was open to local students ages 12-18. Competition categories include non-fiction, short fiction, and poetry. Entries were judged by award-winning writer and local author, Megan Baxter, who also teaches creative writing at Colby Sawyer College.
The winners are:
- Senior Katarina Nowicki, who won first place in the non-fiction category for her submission “If Batman Can Do It Then So Can I”
- Freshman Luna Landers, who was runner-up in the non-fiction category for her submission “My Biggest Lie”
- Freshman Lilah Bartholomew, who won first place in poetry for her submission “A Rant”
Baxter gave special recognition to Nowicki, commenting, “If I was to select an overall winner, this would be it!”
The students thanked teachers and faculty for supporting and inspiring them along the way. Nowicki thanked Lisa Cicoria, AP English Literature Teacher, while Landers credited Teacher Jeff Maguire, who advises the Kearsarge Middle School Writing Club.
The Center for the Arts, based in New London, helps artists of all ages and backgrounds in the Lake Sunapee/Kearsarge Region to share their work with the public. This is the second year it has sponsored the Writers Project Competition.
“I want to congratulate all of the students who were recognized,” said Superintendent Feneberg. “It is amazing to see what these students are capable of as writers. They are an inspiration to everybody who gets to read their work.”
“I am extremely proud of these students, who dedicate themselves to creating and revising their writing,” said Cicoria. “I am honored to teach kids that have such a passion for writing and I am so excited to see what else they have in store for us in the future.”
Winning submissions can be read at the Center for the Arts web page here.