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High School Jessamyn West Writing Contest

Unfortunately, we will not be conducting the high school portion of our creative writing contest this year.  We will resume the high school contest in spring 2023. In the meantime, please congratulate our 2020 winners on their excellent writing.

It is our pleasure to share with you the winners of the 2020 Jessamyn West High School Writing Contest. We had many submissions for our fiction, poetry, and nonfiction categories from schools across the Napa District.

Anouncing the Winners in Fiction – Aaron DiFranco, NVC Professor of English, Judge
First Prize:        "The Life of a Pepper Gatherer" by Erin Meader (Vintage)
Second Prize:   "Ozymandias" by Conlan Harrington (St. Helena High)
Third Prize:       "Deja Vu" by Juliana Mari Lascano Pablo (American Canyon High)
Honorable Mention:    "You Don't Have to Run Away Anymore" by Natalie Schofield (American Canyon High)
Announcing the Winners in Poetry – Lisa Yanover, NVC Professor of English, Judge
First Prize:        "Zoe Had Always Loved San Francisco" by Denna Dom (New Tech)
Second Prize:   "Desolation Wilderness" by Vanessa Chen (Vintage)
Third Prize:      "The Essence of Adolescence" by Alexandria Holtslag (Vintage) 
Announcing the Winners in Nonfiction – Aaron DiFranco and Lisa Yanover, NVC Professors of English, Judges
High Excellence:     "The Lover Doves" by Alexandria Holtslag (Vintage)