Bergen County, NJ, schools, education, Bergen Community College

From more than 300 submissions of high school juniors and seniors, six Bergen County students claimed first-place honors in the 41st annual Bergen County High School Writing Contest sponsored by the Bergen Community College English department.

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 Americans – judged by Bergen faculty. The work of 22 finalists became part of the College’s literary journal, “Pegasus,” published annually in June.

First Place Winners

  • Liv Glassman, of Closter, Bergen County Academies: “The Jew Who Hates Chinese Food” (Drama)
  • Hannah Rosen, of Tenafly, Tenafly High School: “Bay State Botany: An Analysis of Foliage in Ethan Frome and The Scarlet Letter” (Scholarly Essay)
  • Jacqueline Yang, of Ho-Ho-Kus, Northern Highlands Regional High School: “The Heart Is” (Poetry)
  • Cleopatra Lim, of Tenafly, Tenafly High School: “Hand in Hand” (Personal Essay)
  • Sara Schapiro, of Bergenfield, Maayanot Yeshiva High School: “The Dawes Act” (Short Story)

Shannon Zhang, of Fair Lawn, also received a first-place award, but could not attend the ceremony.

The teen writers will participate in a public reading of their work at the Oradell Free Public Library Monday, June 19 at 7:00 pm.

In recognition of their efforts, students received copies of the school’s literary journal and Amazon gift cards.

Open to high school juniors and seniors, the annual countywide literary contest started accepting writing submissions in December 2016. Submissions were judged based on effective persuasion, clarity, reasoning, concept, style and thematic development.

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College, a public two-year coeducational college, enrolls 15,000 students at locations in Par