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Seven King students honored for their work in Stamford Literary Competition

Congratulations to a group of King students who were awarded prizes in the Annual Stamford Literary Competition, which is sponsored by the Friends of The Ferguson Library and celebrates excellence in student writing. The Competition is open to students in grades 3-12 and they are encouraged to submit their work in one of three categories: fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. The 2020 awards ceremony will be rescheduled when the Library re-opens.

Grades 7-8
Fiction
3rd prize Matthew Graham Brown "The Day the Birds Stopped Singing
Honorable Mention Anya Anderson "The Pacific"

Poetry
Honorable Mention Kate Persily "I Lay Alone" 

Grade 9
Poetry
Honorable Mention: Al Nickerson "Then and Now"

Grade 11
Nonfiction
1st prize Samantha Berman "Pacemaker" 
2nd prize Alesia Paz "Pocahantas"

Poetry
2nd prize J.C. Fredette "The Abyss"
3rd prize Samantha Berman "Dust"

Carolyn Patten, Chair of The English Department, offered the following messages to her students:

JC: "Your poem "The Abyss" is clearly deserving. The vivid imagery and honest narration that surrounds the idea of the unknown are wonderfully resounding."

Sam: "You have been incredibly proactive about your writing this year, and it is so nice to see your work being validated in the greater community. Your sophisticated voice and series of woven images and anecdotes made for a beautiful read." 

Alesia: "Your essay is a beautiful tribute to heritage, identity, and self; your passion for the subject and your genuine desire to work on the essay clearly paid off!"

Daniel Block, English Faculty, commented on Al's work, "Al Nickerson's poem, "Then and Now," was inspired by his deep engagement with Robert Frost, whose verse Al's father encouraged him to memorize. "Then and Now" revisits Al's precious memories of walking along the beach one winter morning. The poem offers an evocative description of "les lieux de memoire," or places of memory, that sustain us through the years and ground our true self."

Students add their thoughts:

JC Fredette: "I wrote this poem as an assignment to write something in the style of Whitman's "Song of Myself." Ms. Patten spent quite a bit of time working with me to refine the poem after the first draft and then encouraged our class to enter the competition. I'm very happy with the final product, and honored to have it recognized like this." You can read JC's poem "The Abyss" here. 

Al Nickerson: "I worked hard to base most of this poem on my emotions and feelings. It is essentially about me going for hikes down the beach when I was younger, and how I have less time to hike nowadays. I appreciate the recognition of my work, and I thank Dr. Block for encouraging me to submit my work." You can read Al's poem 'Then and Now' here. 

Matthew Graham Brown: "I was so pleased to learn that I had won an award in the competition. I really had this idea back in seventh grade but never really acted upon it until a couple of months ago, I worked really hard and I hope the community enjoys my writing." You can read Matthew's "The Day the Birds Stopped Singing" here. 

At King, we emphasize the importance of cultural, contextual, and technical aspects of written expression, and we equip students with a set of tools enabling them to read, think, write, and speak about a text on personal, communal, and global levels. Learn more about our program here.