Bi-Cultural Students Win Literary and Writing Contests

Posted on: May 2nd, 2016 by admin
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Winners from the Stamford Literary Contest and their teachers: Front row: Talia Raich, Drew Leferman, Lev Shapiro, Brandon Shapiro, Emily Sherman, Yael Everett (missing: Naomi Listikin and Tani Smart) Back row: John Sakson, Laura Miller, Gretchen Mathews and Michelle Gordon (missing: Tricia Hoff, Liz Marriott and Helena Raffel) (Photo by Dora Salm)

Students from Bi-Cultural Day School recently received awards in two distinct and highly-regarded writing and literary award contents, earning recognition and achievement across many different divisions and genres.

Capturing the most awards from any other school, nine students swept the awards in the 31st annual Stamford Literary Contest sponsored by the Friends of the Ferguson Library. Each year, the Friends of the Ferguson hosts this event which encourages young writers to explore their creative and literary sides. Any student in grades 3 through 12 living in Stamford or attending either a public or private school in Stamford can submit original work in one of three categories — fiction, non-fiction and poetry. The winning pieces are compiled into a booklet that is distributed at the awards ceremony which took place on Sunday, April 17th, at the Ferguson Main Library. This year, the winners from Bi-Cultural were the following: Yael Everett (grade 4, 3rd place for the fiction story, “The Most Amazing Softball Supplies”), Isabella Kuhr (grade 5, 3rd place for the poem, “Fall”), Drew Leferman (grade 6, 3rd place for the fiction story, “Death from Above”), Naomi Listikin (grade 7, 2nd place for the non-fiction piece, “Don’t Give Up On Your Dreams), Talia Raich (grade 6, 1st prize for the fiction piece, “The Complex Life” and 2nd prize for the non-fiction piece, “The Amazing Invention of Paper”), Brandon Shapiro (grade 6, 3rd prize for the poem, “Ode to Fire”), Lev Shapiro (grade 6, honorable mention for the poem, “Ice Cold), Emily Sherman, (grade 4, 3rd place for the poem, “Tennis), and Tani Smart (grade 6, 2nd place for the poem, “Ode to Snow Forts”).

Nicole Tehrani and Erez Fass each won an honorable mention in poetry in the Connecticut Writing Project’s 2016 Student Writer’s Contest, sponsored by the University of Connecticut. (Photo by Dora Salm)

Nicole Tehrani and Erez Fass each won an honorable mention in poetry in the Connecticut Writing Project’s 2016 Student Writer’s Contest, sponsored by the University of Connecticut. (Photo by Dora Salm)

In addition to the local Stamford Literary Competition, two Bi-Cultural students received honorable mention at the statewide Connecticut Writing Project’s (CWP) 2016 Student Writer’s Contest sponsored by the University of Connecticut. This literary contest is a popular venue for student writing; all winning writing entries are published in the Connecticut Student Writers, a magazine established in 1987 by the CWP to honor excellence in writing by students from kindergarten through high school. From the more than 1,700 writing entries submitted to the content, 4th grader Erez Fass won an honorable mention for his poem entitled “Cedar Tree” and 5th grader Nicole Tehrani won an honorable mention for her poem entitled “Fall.”

“We are so proud of all our young writers here at BCDS,” said Rachel Haron, Bi-Cultural’s Associate Principal of General Studies. “Our writing and literature curriculum fosters such incredible creativity and imagination and our teachers work incredibly hard with our students so that everyone’s writing can shine. It’s such an honor to be recognized in these important writing contests.”