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4 WMA students win awards at statewide writing competition

4 WMA students win awards at statewide writing competition

What began as a writing assignment for a class at Wilbraham & Monson Academy turned out to be pieces of award-winning literature for two members of the Class of 2021.

Following a prompt in Mr. Tim Harrington’s AP Language class regarding a childhood memory, Norah Omar ’21 and Yusi “Christine” Mo ’21 earned silver medals in February for their submissions to the statewide Scholastic Writing Awards.

Three WMA students also earned Honorable Mentions honors: An Chuc “Ann” Tran ’21, Cole Salvador ’22 and Christine.


Christine on winning a silver medal: “I never thought I would be good at personal narrative – nonfiction. But once I started to write this year in AP Lang., I found out it’s a good way to express myself and talk about my experiences to share with other people. I find it intriguing and I like it a lot. I’m very surprised I won an award. I didn’t think my writing would be recognized like that. I’m very thankful toward Mr. Harrington.”

Christine on her entry, “If Only It Could Last Forever”: “It’s about a childhood memory, mostly between the relationship between me and my dad. It’s really personal and hard to explain. As a child I have this memory deep inside of me that was telling me not to put hope up that much. It’s a little disappointing.”

Norah on winning a silver medal: “I was humbled by it because this was something that was personal to me and I was vulnerable while writing it. I’ve never opened up about this to anyone really before. I’m also grateful I had the opportunity to write this because it opened my eyes to what I’m grateful for. I’m glad other people saw that in my writing, too.”

Norah on her entry, “Superman On A Rooftop”: “It’s about a trip I took to Bangladesh, which is where my parents were born. There were these two boys, and I think they were not even 5 years old, and I saw how independent they were. I admired that about them and I learned so much from that. But it was also frustrating because there was a certain helplessness. Growing up in the U.S., I have so many opportunities that these boys didn’t have, and that’s what I tried conveying in my story.”