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CGA Creative Writing Competition winners announced

February 8, 2011

Congratulations to all of the students who entered the 3rd annual creative writing competition. 277 entries were received and evaluated by our great judging panel (each entry was reviewed by at least 3 judges). The winner is the submission receiving the highest overall ranking by the 3 judges. Additionally, each entry that was ranked 1st, 2nd or 3rd place by a judge in a category will be included in the book of finalists. The book will be available for purchase in March 2011.

The book release party will be April 7, 2011.

Also, each CGA Campus Rep has certificates to award to each of the finalists, and at the elementary level for participants. We are proud of everyone who entered this competition — it takes a truly passionate writer to put his or her writing out there for other people to judge. (click here if you have not received your certificate yet to contact your campus rep).

Esteemed judges:

  • Kim Smith: author of Sydney Wakefield, Into the Faraway
  • Matt Bowden: Coppell High School Teacher
  • Nicole Scott: Pinkerton Teacher
  • Jill Haltom: CISD Language Arts Coordinator
  • Jennifer Judd: author
  • Jennifer Miller: author
  • Debra Marshall: Wilson Librarian
  • Laila Sanguras: CMS West Teacher
  • Catherine Vanover: Spanish teacher; professional photographer
  • Todd Kettler: CISD Director of Advanced Academics
  • Lexanne Seifert: CHS Librarian
  • Michael Cooke: CHS Librarian
  • Becky Bouchard: Cottonwood Creek Librarian
  • Andi Feille: Wilson Teacher
  • Lynette Fortson: retired Mockingbird librarian
  • Liz Tanner: Lakeside Teacher
  • Cacey Narez: Lakeside Teacher
  • John Scott: Teacher
  • Jill Haltom: CISD Language Arts Coordinator

THE WINNERS (the following authors winning entries will appear in the book to be published and released on April 7, 2011):

Fiction (3rd-4th)

  • winner, Kelly Wei
  • honorable mention, Jenna Brown
  • honorable mention, Kazimir Carlsen-Phelan
  • honorable mention, Jayashree Ganesan
  • honorable mention, Maguire Mathis
  • honorable mention, Katelyn Raffenbeul
  • honorable mention, Eva Theel

Fiction (5th)

  • winner, Mina Yu
  • honorable mention, Meghan Bauer
  • honorable mention, Audrey Friend
  • honorable mention, Abbie Hall
  • honorable mention, Maydha Kohli
  • honorable mention, Ashna Pathan
  • honorable mention, Claudia Wang

Fiction (6th-7th)

  • winner, Tori Hotchkiss
  • honorable mention, Nikita Belathur
  • honorable mention, Nimit Kalra
  • honorable mention, Sajani Raja
  • honorable mention, Rebekah Su

Fiction (8th-10th)

  • winner, Aimee Hyndman
  • honorable mention, Kelly Hall
  • honorable mention, Aadam Husain
  • honorable mention, Kayla Tabuena
  • honorable mention, Shelby Truax

Fiction (11th-12th)

  • winner, Kristin Miller
  • honorable mention, Cody Davis
  • honorable mention, Mattie Lonborg
  • honorable mention, Sam Medley
  • honorable mention, Shehryar Siddiqui
  • honorable mention, Kelly Stewart

Graphic Novel (Elementary)

  • winner, Matthew Gaffney
  • Sushant Gupta
  • honorable mention, Joanne Hong
  • honorable mention, Riley Sanders

Graphic Novel (Middle School)

  • winner, Lexie Yut
  • honorable mention, Shreya Chandrasekar
  • honorable mention, Maria Licona

Non-fiction (Elementary)

  • winner, Liberty Chanin
  • honorable mention, Lekhitha Ammaresh
  • honorable mention, Aimee Hou
  • honorable mention, Shradha Panatpur
  • honorable mention, Mina Yu

Non-fiction (Middle)

  • winner, Jeanna Carlsson
  • honorable mention, Nicholas Jang
  • honorable mention, Aparna Panatpur
  • honorable mention, Christine Prichard
  • honorable mention, Trinity Sullivan
  • honorable mention, Lexie Yut

Non-fiction (High School)

  • winner, Dani Pearsall
  • honorable mention, Nicole Bartley
  • honorable mention, Priya Gupta
  • honorable mention, Sam Medley
  • honorable mention, Kristin Miller
  • honorable mention, Michela Morales
  • honorable mention, Shehryar Siddiqui

Poetry (3rd – 4th)

  • winner, Catherine Guo
  • honorable mention, Vanuli Arya
  • honorable mention, Nikita Dubey
  • honorable mention, Anna Judd
  • honorable mention, Alex McCord
  • honorable mention, Emilie Sangerhausen

Poetry (5th)

  • winner, Mina Yu
  • honorable mention, Abbie Hall
  • honorable mention, Maydha Kohli
  • honorable mention, Allie Saunders
  • honorable mention, Monica Su
  • honorable mention, Shruti Vellaturi

Poetry (6th)

  • winner, Chase Price
  • honorable mention, Emaan Bangash
  • honorable mention, Alexandra Bowles
  • honorable mention, Ruhi Deshmukh
  • honorable mention, Taylor Dubey
  • honorable mention, Meryl Xiong

Poetry (7th)

  • winner, Arthi Tarugu
  • honorable mention, Linda Castranova
  • honorable mention, Ali Gentry
  • honorable mention, Maha Haque
  • honorable mention, Sajani Raja
  • honorable mention, Katy Yut

Poetry (8th-10th)

  • winner, Katy Li
  • honorable mention, Aadam Husain
  • honorable mention, Aimee Hyndman
  • honorable mention, Sabur Khan
  • honorable mention, Aparna Panatpur
  • Poetry (11th-12th)

    • winner, Kristin Miller
    • honorable mention, Nicole Bartley
    • honorable mention, Austin Herrin
    • honorable mention, Mattie Lonborg
    • honorable mention, Tisha Morales
    • honorable mention, Dani Pearsall
    • honorable mention, Shehryar Siddiqui
    • honorable mention, Jiayin (Julie) Tan

    PARTICIPANTS (listed in alphabetical order)

    Laasya Achanta
    Aishwarya Addepalli
    Sabrine Alsalih
    Rhea Bachani
    Anastacia Badillo
    Noor Bairuty
    Kira Barr
    Nicole Bartley
    Hannah Bauer
    Eric Benenson
    Sneha Shree Bhatia
    Anika Biju
    Camila Boccalandro
    Peyton Borel
    Mariana Bulgarelli
    Serena Bulone
    Bharathi Caldwell
    Bharathi Caldwell
    Ilse Carrasco
    Jennifer Chavarro
    Sumedh Chilakamarri
    Haemin Chong
    Rayan Chowdhury
    Emerson Clark
    Adrian Crawford
    Cody Davis
    Luke Depperschmidt
    Aisha Espinosa
    Dante Ewell
    Caroline Ferree
    Erin Folk
    Sara Fuerst
    Elizabeth Fullwood
    Susmitha Gaikwad
    Eva Gamboa
    Ananya Ganeriwalla
    shivani ganesh
    Reece Gardner
    Elena Gillis
    Natalie Green
    Katie Griffing
    Elena Grijalva
    Manasa Gudavalli
    Sai Gundupalli
    Riya Gupta
    Shaira Hai
    Kelly Hall
    Emily Han
    Jerry Harris
    Charlotte Hayden
    Rheaven Hicks
    Maddie Hood
    Mike Hulcy
    Shannon Huurman
    Shishir Jessu
    Richard Jo
    Vignesh Joglekar
    Colleen Jones
    Autumn Jones
    Alisha Kalangara
    Nimit Kalra
    Sneha Karkala
    Bhavana Keepudi
    Carsyn Kennedy
    Asad Khawaja
    Lydia Kim
    Joshua Kim
    Andrew Kim
    Amy Kitzman
    Daniel Koh
    Sara Koh
    Kovida Koneru
    Rachel Kruse
    Surbhi Kumar
    Ashwin Kumar
    Asad Lakhani
    Kritima Lamichhane
    Sierra Latshaw
    Madison Lee
    Beverly Lo
    Mahita Maddukuri
    Riya Mahesh
    Chandrika Manikandan
    Anu Manjesh
    Siddharth Marella
    Isy Martinez
    Naoya Matsumoto
    Sam Medley
    Caleb Moen
    Payton Molina
    Tisha Morales
    Gaby Mungo
    Bhargav Nallanthighal
    Daniel Norman
    Anais Ocegueda
    Nithin Panchakarla
    Prayusha Pandey
    Rahi Patel
    Ashna Pathan
    Dani Pearsall
    Zoe Peterson
    Archana Prabhakar
    Arthi Prabhakar
    Shivrinith Prasad
    Chase Price
    Christine Prichard
    Lina Pyon
    Hoopman Rachel
    Anjali Raghavan
    Mayuri Raja
    Shreyas Rajagopal
    Ananya Rajesh
    Riddhi Rane
    Maggie Roberts
    LIllie Saunders
    Arnav Saxena
    Jishnu Shah
    Hannah Sidwell
    Anand Singh
    Akansha Singh
    Johanna Skarbek
    Harrison Smith
    Connor Smith
    Cassidy Smith
    Harrison Smith
    Margaret Snyder
    Woojin (Sam) Song
    Cate Stuart
    Gina Su
    Trinity Sullivan
    Meghna Suresh
    Aakash Talathi
    Andrew Tao
    Karina Teruya
    Brittany Thompson
    Tristan Trevino
    Reid Valentine
    Marco Vega
    Shruti Vellaturi
    Shruti Vellaturi
    kerrigan visoski
    Benjamin Wang
    Caylee Webb
    Alwin Wen
    Meryl Xiong
    Stella Yan
    Janice (Haejun) Yoo

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