NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Sophia Gomez, a student at New Providence Middle School, placed third in the Creative Communication essay competition.

The contest, “Celebrating What Is Important To Me,” was held for students in grades 4 through 12 and open to contestants from across the United States and Canada. The top 10 writers in each division received special recognition in the essay anthology, a free copy of the publication and a cash prize.

Gomez’s essay, “Slipping Sweet, Sugary Cocoa,” was selected from thousands of entries as one of the best in her age group—grades 7 through 9.

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An avid reader and writer, Gomez is a soprano for the New Jersey Youth Chorus and New Providence Middle School Chorus, straight-A student, and she studies tae kwon do and fencing. She is also a member of Peer Leaders, a service organization, and also fundraises for the New Providence branch of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

Essay submissions were selected for their literary merit, creativity and social significance. Poets and essayists are encouraged to submit their works to Creative Communication at These contests are sponsored to offer creative outlets, recognition, and motivation to young writers.

Creative Communication awards thousands of dollars to schools each year and in the past 20 years has given over $1 million in grants to students, schools, and teachers.