Local Students Receive First Place Honors in Bergen Community College Writing Contest

2018 Bergen Community College Writing Contest Winners
Isabelle Kang, Angela Youn, Eden Witelson, Norah Gordon

2018 Bergen Community College Writing Contest Winners: Of nearly 350 submissions received from high school juniors and seniors, six Bergen County students claimed first-place honors in the 42nd 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 20 finalists became part of the College’s literary journal, Pegasus.

First-place winners:

  • Isabelle Kang of Tenafly, Tenafly High School: Heewon (Recent Americans)
  • Angela Youn of Tenafly, Tenafly High School: Violoncello (Poetry)
  • Eden Witelson of Tenafly, Tenafly High School: Hidden Memories (Personal Essay)
  • Norah Gordon of Waldwick, Bergen County Academies: A Most Unusual Hat (Short Story)

Students who also placed first are Stephanie Shue of Saddle River, scholarly essay; and Vanessa Silva of North Arlington, drama.

In recognition of their efforts, students received copies of Pegasus and Amazon gift cards.

Open to high school juniors and seniors, the annual country-wide literary contest started in December 2017. Submissions for the 2018 Bergen Community College writing contest 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 celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017-18, enrolls 14,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack and Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst. The College offers associate degree, certificate and continuing education programs in a variety of fields. More students graduate from Bergen than any other community college in the state.

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