Writing Awards Given to Dutchess, Orange, Ulster, & Westchester students - Daily Hudson Valley News

Writing Awards Given to Dutchess, Orange, Ulster, & Westchester students

Jan 27th, 2013 | By | Category: In Your Town

Teaching the Hudson Valley (THV) is pleased to announce the winners of its second annual K-12 “Writing about Place” contest. Each winning author will host his/her classmates or family on an all-expense paid trip to the place they wrote about or another site of cultural, historic, or natural significance in the region. Elementary school students submitted poems; middle and high school students wrote short essays. Winners are:

Elementary school

Ava Jolley, grade 4, Pequenakonck ES, North Salem, Westchester County, Ichabod’s Recollections; her class will visit Washington Irving’s home, Sunnyside. Tristan Brideweser, grade 4, Chester ES, Orange County, Minnewaska the Majestic; his class will visit the John Jay Homestead with bus service provided by Friends of John Jay. Diego Sanchez, grade 4, St. Peter’s, Poughkeepsie, The Bardavon; his class will visit the Poughkeepsie Farm Project at Vassar College. Christian Zuklis, grade 4, JDWR IS, Arlington, Dutchess County, A Haiku: Summer in Pleasant Valley’s Community Garden; he will receive a family pass to visit the Mohonk Preserve.

Middle school

Preston Button, grade 6, Fox Hill School, Walden, Orange County The Wallkill River; his class will visit a site to be determined. Dalton Demers, grade 8, Dover MS, Dutchess County, Nature’s Secret Wonders; his family will receive four day passes to Olana State Historic Site. Heather Graham, grade 7, West Point MS, Orange County, My Favorite Place in the Hudson Valley; her family will tour the Horace Greeley House in Chappaqua courtesy of the New Castle Historical Society. Sabina Vail, grade 6, Warwick MS, Orange County, Bethel Woods; her class will participate in a program with educators from the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies.

High school

Claire Houston, grade 10, Poughkeepsie Day School, The Forgotten Land, about Fishkill Reformed Cemetery; her class will receive a field trip to be determined. Maia Baskerville, My Bookish Paradise, about the Montgomery Free Library, and Vladimir Beagué, Sarah Lane Park, grade 12, Orange-Ulster BOCES Career and Technical Education Center; their class is preparing for a sail on the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater. Megan Carney, grade 11, Yorktown HS, Poets’ Walk Park; her class will participate in a special program with Scenic Hudson’s educator, Susan Hereth. Scenic Hudson manages Poets’ Walk.


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