Five senior students win prizes from Catskill Heritage Alliance

Five local high school seniors received the Catskill Heritage Alliance (CHA) writing prize at graduation ceremonies held by the four area high schools. The winners included:
Anthony Mincarelli of Andes with a futuristic science-fiction view of his putative great-great-grandson considering the 21st- century generations from now;
Brandon LaBumbard of Margaretville writing about a life-changing experience gained in a summer naturalism program;
Alyssa Fane of Roxbury with an essay about how wide a world one can find in a small town;
Hannah Connelly of Onteora, in a rhythmically lyrical exploration of what the Catskills mean and Meaghan Harper of Onteora, with a richly poetic two-part evocation of the harshness and magnificence of a Catskills childhood.
The prize, open only to graduating seniors, is awarded for the best written entry on the subject of “My Catskill Heritage.” “Typically only one prize is awarded per school but this year,” says Susanna Margolis, who chaired the CHA’s jury committee. “there were so many entries from Onteora, and the quality of the entries was so excellent across the board, that we felt we needed to take a more proportional approach. In truth, we were sorry we could not award more prizes this year.”
Each student received $100 in scholarship money and a copy of A Catskill Woodsman, Mike Todd’s Story, published by Purple Mountain Press. All five copies of the book were graciously donated by Purple Mountain Press proprietor Wray Rominger.
The winning entries can be read on the CHA Web site,