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8 ACT & 5 QMC Students Win Poetry, Writing Awards

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Thirteen EASTCONN magnet high school students have won awards for their works of poetry and fiction in two different contests this year.        

Eight students who attend EASTCONN’s Arts at the Capitol Theater (ACT) magnet high school in Willimantic won awards in the 2020 Connecticut Student Writers (CSW) contest. This year, the contest drew more than 2,000 entries from K-12 students statewide. 

The contest is held annually by Connecticut Student Writers, a magazine established in 1987 by UConn’s Connecticut Writing Project to honor excellence in students’ creative writing. ACT’s 2020 CSW winners include: Kayla-Mae Morgan, Alaina Rousseau, Annabel Brown, Madison Stevenson, Olivia Scheck, Rachel Charron, Ellis McGinley-Knapp and Lauren Ruggiero. Contact ACT Principal Sarah Mallory at smallory@eastconn.org to learn more about ACT’s Creative Writing Program. 

Five of EASTCONN’s Quinebaug Middle College (QMC) magnet high school students have won awards in the Julius O. Sokenu annual poetry contest, sponsored by Quinebaug Valley Community College.      

The Sokenu contest was established in 2007 at QVCC to encourage college students, and more recently, EASTCONN QMC students, to pursue their poetic talents and dreams by participating in the contest.
QMC’s student winners this year include: Jennifer Oldroyd, first prize; Andrew George, second prize; Abby Fowler, third prize; and honorable mentions, Evey Wehner and Sierra Girard. QMC is co-located with QVCC on its Danielson campus.

Learn more about QMC by visiting www.eastconn.org/qmc, or by contacting QMC Principal Mary Kay Tshonas at mtshonas@eastconn.org