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Tri-Valley writers club honors teens for their works

Contest draws entries from nine local high schools

Eighteen students from nine Tri-Valley high schools were honored for their essays, poetry and short stories in a contest sponsored by the Tri-Valley Writers, a branch of the California Writers Club.

The students were recognized at a weekend ceremony in the Livermore Library on May 19.

"The high school writing contest is an important part of our work," contest coordinator Patricia Boyle said. "We are proud of all students who entered their work."

The contest had 87 entries by 66 students from nine local high schools, Tri-Valley Writers vice president Marilyn Dykstra said. Speaking to the finalists during the ceremony, she noted that much of writing is rewriting and rewriting.

"We encourage you all to persist," she said.

Keynote speaker was Vidhima Shetty, a recent graduate from California High School and author of the book, "An Adolescent's Guide to ME/CFS: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome." She noted that if people are passionate and want to change the world, writing is one way to do it.

"Writing has always been something so magical to me," she said.

Essay winners honored were: First place, Lipi Buch, "A Eulogy for Insecurity" (Dublin); second place, Katherine Mudge, "Frankly, I'm Uncomfortable" (Amador); third place, Jacob Zhou, "Stars" (Dublin); honorable mention, Neha Prasad, "The Force" (California); honorable mention, Anika Nicolas, "National Parks are Worth Preserving" (Amador Valley); and honorable mention, Shangxi Wu, "How I Built Up Confidence to Speak in Public" (Amador).

Poetry awards went to: First place, Anna Chuang, "To Be Thin" (Amador); second place, Claire McNerney, "phased" (Foothill); third place, Connor Diaz, "Aggravated" (Dublin); honorable mention, Melanie Kim, "The Great Beasts" (Monte Vista); and honorable mention, Gita Supramaniam, "Wherefore Art Thou Unpredictable?" (Dougherty Valley).

Short story award recipients were: First place, Arushi Avachat, "California" (Foothill); second Place, Anjali Zyla, "Imagining Us" (Monte Vista); third place, Anna Niu, "the inevitable passage of time" (Dougherty Valley); honorable mention, Eva Shen, "Lost Translation" (Dougherty Valley); honorable mention, Nisreen Hitti, "Tomorrow" (Granada); honorable mention, Nirajara Dungwatanawanich, "Fear" (Livermore); and honorable mention, Jennifer Huang, "Words I Didn't Say" (Dougherty Valley).

Contest support came from the Alameda County Arts Commission, Corner Bakery, Livermore Public Library Civic Center, and donors Jordan Bernal, Patricia and James Boyle, Pat Coyle, Paula Chinick, Marilyn Dykstra, Connie Hanstedt, Haihong Liao, Lani Longshore, Diane Stephenson and Kathy Urban.

The CWC Tri-Valley Branch invites writers of all genres and experience levels to learn about their craft at its monthly meetings. For more information, visit http://www.trivalleywriters.org.

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