High School Writing Contest 2017

“My Story, My Vision”

Tri-Valley Writers presents our 6th Annual High School Writing Contest

This year, 97 students from 12 Tri-Valley high schools submitted 129 total pieces of writing.

Keynote Speaker, Patricia Munro, encouraged the students and the audience to tell the story.


Award Winners by Category


First place: Charlotte Miranda for “Bird Girl,” Livermore Valley Charter Preparatory HS

First place:  Kyeling Ong for “History in the Making,” California HS

Third Place:  Tiffany Jing for “Hide and Seek,” Amador Valley HS

Honorable Mentions

Crystal Wu for “Living Under the Moon,” Amador Valley HS

Fiona DeBernardi for “The Gamble,” Foothill HS

Luisa Taverna for “My Secret Journey,” Dougherty Valley HS

Rachel Lam for “Breaking Out of Water,” Amador HS

Essay Winners w/ TVW VP Connie Hanstedt




First Place: Vidhima Shetty for “When the Home No Longer Talks of Love,” California HS

Second Place: Saima Yunus for “Make Knowledge, Not War,” California HS

Third Place: Neha Harpanhalli for “The Fence on Pickett Street,” Dublin HS

Third Place: Jill Lee for “not that little,” Dougherty Valley HS

Honorable Mentions

Jack Dalisa for “Ode to Hard Work,” Livermore HS

Cianna Book for “Pretty Little Addict,” Monte Vista HS

Savita Pereira for “Damsel in Distress,” Foothill HS

Michelle Morris for “The Deadly Dream of Bartie B,” Dublin HS

Shangxi Wu for “Skateboard,” Amador HS

Poetry Winners w/ TVW VP Connie Hanstedt



Short Story Fiction

First Place: Anna Niu for “love you like a delusion,” Dougherty Valley HS

Second Place: Arushi Avachat for “Pinky Promises,” Foothill HS

Third Place: Cecil Choi for “Character,” Dublin HS

Honorable Mentions

Isabella Herndon for “Pharmacophobia,” Livermore Valley Charter Preparatory HS

Savita Pereira for “The Butler Did It,” Foothill HS

Short Story Winners w/ TVW VP Connie Hanstedt



Photo Gallery



Essay: Anne Koch and Patrick Coyle

Poetry: Juhi Kunde and Art Tenbrink

Short Story: Erika Gardner and Ed Miracle

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