VERONA, NJ - The Junior Woman’s Club of Verona held a creative writing contest in December and is very pleased to announce the winners.

The contest received 71 entries in total and a panel of judges made up of six Verona residents picked the three winners who all attend HBW Middle School. First place was awarded to “A World With No Sound” by Katie Hunt, who is a 7th grader. Second place was awarded to “Applause “by Emily Wynne”, an 8th grader. Third place was awarded to “Always Remember” by Eleanor Newman, a 7th grader.

The contest was open to Verona residents in grades six, seven and eight. The first place winner received a $50 gift certificate to Barnes and Noble and the second and third place each received $25 gift certificates.

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Katie Hunt’s first place winning story will be submitted to the state-wide creative writing contest sponsored by the New Jersey Federation of Woman’s Clubs.

“The high quality of the creative writing in stories written by Verona’s 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students impressed the panel of judges,” said Christine McGrath and Julia Allen, Arts Creative Chairwomen for the Verona Juniors. “We loved reading all of the stories and look forward to hosting this contest again in the future.”

All of the winning stories can be found on our website