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ACT Student Work is Honored by Connecticut Writing Project

CTWritingProjectWinnersPhoto: 13 ACT stuents were recognied by UCONN's prestigious Connecticut Writing Project for the quality and creativity of their written works.

UCONN’s Connecticut Writing Project (CWP) contest has again honored Creative Writing students at EASTCONN’s Arts at the Capitol Theater (ACT) magnet high school for their original works of writing and poetry. Of the 13 students recognized, 5 have been selected for publication in the CWP-sponsored 2017 Connecticut Student Writers magazine. 

 “The support we receive for our art at all levels at ACT is key to the success of the writers,” said ACT Creative Writing teacher John Wetmore. 

Wetmore was one of three teachers statewide who received a Gold Award in the Secondary category from CWP for having multiple students published. 

Students whose work will appear in the magazine include sophomore Jordan Pelletier, poetry; junior Alex Castro, poetry; junior DJ Hettinger, fiction; junior Mae Santillo, poetry; and senior Juliet Duchesne, poetry. 

Annually, more than 1,000 Connecticut students submit their works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, two-dimensional art or photography to the CWP. Just 81 students statewide, from kindergarten through grade 12, will be published in the 2017 Connecticut Student Writers edition.

“This is the first time my work has been published and I feel very accomplished,” said ACT Creative Writing student DJ Hettinger. 

The mission of UCONN’s CWP is to improve student achievement by improving the teaching of writing and improving learning in the nation’s schools. 

ACT is currently accepting new enrollments, grades 9-12, for 2017-2018. To learn more about ACT or its Creative Writing program, contact ACT Principal Sarah Mallory at 860-465-5636 or visit www.eastconn.org/act.