Vestal High School English students awarded writing honors


Students in English classes at Vestal High School have recently been recognized with several awards from the Scholastic Writing Awards program as well as the Tri-Cities Women’s Club Writing Contest.

The Vestal High School English department is pleased to announce that Mira Dhakal won a Silver Key award in the 2018 Regional Scholastic Writing Awards for her personal essay entitled “My Global Citizenship.” Hannah Gennett also won a Silver Key award and an Honorable Mention for her personal essays “Normal People” and “Sometimes I Forget to Smile.” 

Receiving Honorable Mentions were Alyssa Dudinyak (Flash Fiction category for “Fallen Stars”);  Grace Kim (Personal Essay category for “Andante”); Sana Malik (Poem category for “Sedated”) and Shaniya Morrison (Poem category for her untitled poem). All of this year’s winners were seniors.

Three of these very talented student writers also won awards in the Tri-Cities Women’s Club Youth Poetry and Short Story Contest. Shaniya Morrison took first place in poetry, with Sana Malik placing second in the same category for her poem “Good Morning.” Alyssa Dudinyak earned second-place honors with her short story.

The students were awarded their Tri-Cities Women’s Club certificates by the president of the GFWC Tri-Cities Women’s Club Dorothy Bachman on February 12. Shaniya’s poem was sent up to be  judged by the Central District of the New York State Federation of Women’s Clubs. The results of that judging were just received, and Shaniya was awarded second place at the district level!

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