PARAMUS, N.J. -- Six Bergen County high school students won first-place in a writing contest sponsored by the English Department at Bergen Community College in Paramus, N.J.
The contest drew 250 submissions from high school juniors and seniors, according to the announcement.
The winners will read their works at the Oradell Free Public Library Wednesday, June 29 at 7 p.m.
The contest, co-directed by Bergen professors Geoffrey Sadock, Ph.D., and Peter Helff, featured six categories of submissions, scholarly essay, poetry, personal essay, short story, drama and recent American.
Judges were Bergen faculty. The work of 18 finalists became part of the College’s literary journal, “Pegasus,” published annually in June.
The first place winners are:
- Katia Hardesty, of Saddle River, Northern Highlands Regional High School: “A Thing of the Past” (Recent American)
- Erin Aslami, of Tenafly, Tenafly High School: “Fixating Fortitudo and Seeking Sapientia” (Scholarly Essay)
- Jacqueline Yang, of Ho-Ho-Kus, Northern Highlands Regional High School: “Satisfaction for the Soul” (Poetry).
- Maya Amitai, of Tenafly, personal essay
- Jessica Zhu, of Montvale, short story
- Arthur Dennis, of River Vale, drama
The winners received copies of the school’s literary journal and Amazon gift cards.