*Angela Youn, of Tenafly, Tenafly High School: “Violoncello” (Poetry);
*Eden Witelson, of Tenafly, Tenafly High School: “Hidden Memories” (Personal Essay); and
*Norah Gordon, of Waldwick, Bergen County Academies: “A Most Unusual Hat” (Short Story).
Students (not pictured) 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 the literary journal and Amazon gift cards.
Open to high school juniors and seniors, the annual countywide literary contest started accepting writing submissions in December 2017. Submissions were judged based on effective persuasion, clarity, reasoning, concept, style and thematic development.
Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu), 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.
Caption: Isabelle Kang, Angela Youn, Eden Witelson, Norah Gordon