High school students recognized with English Studies awards

May 2, 2023
Photo of English Studies high school writing contest

Fitchburg State University recently recognized the winners of its annual High School Writing Contest during an event in Presidents’ Hall. The contest is sponsored by the university’s English Studies Department. (See photos from the event online.)

The contest recognizes writers from local high schools whose work was selected by a committee of university faculty readers. Prizes included gift cards to the university bookstore of $50 (for first place) and $25 (for honorable mention winners). First-place winners read from their work to the audience.

University students whose work was selected in the campus creative writing contest were also recognized at the ceremony.

This year marked the first in-person celebration since the pandemic, so included acknowledgement of winners from 2020 and 2021.

First place winners included:

  • Anna Fandy, Shrewsbury High School
  • Aislynn Paradis, Nashoba Regional High School
  • McKinley Chabot, Oakmont Regional High School
  • Lily Killeen, Nipmuc Regional High School

Honorable mentions included:

  • Carla Vielevski, Nashoba Regional High School
  • Nina Santiago-Garcia, Leominster High School
  • Dorthea Gibbons, Groton Dunstable Regional High School
  • Joseph Carlucci, Oakmont Regional High School

Also recognized were Joenys Carrasquillo, graduate of Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical High School, for the 2020 contest; and Annie Skamarycz, graduate of Oakmont Regional High School, for the 2021 contest.

The university’s Louis P. Shepherd prize winners included:

  • Susannah Meszynski
  • Ava DePasquale
  • Kyle Lockwood
  • Matilda Goad

The university’s Matti N. Antila prize winners included:

  • Michael Burns
  • Joseph Asare
  • Rachel Silva

The contest committee is co-chaired by Fitchburg State English Studies Department faculty members Wendy Keyser and Steven Edwards, with faculty members Ben Railton and DeMisty Bellinger-Delfeld also serving.