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BRENDAN BUMGARDNER was born in Manhattan, New York, in 1999. He considers himself a 90’s kid and hopes his writing reflects that. He enjoys reading newspapers, books, and internet breaking blog sites. Brendan has handed in numerous writing assignments at his high school in Darien, Connecticut, as well as submitting others to the popular website Turnitin.com. As writing is not his favorite activity, some of these grades were good, others were not. His literary courses in high school consists of English 9, English 10, American Literature, and Issues In Contemporary Poetry. His literary works consist of pieces such as “Come Along Old Sport: An Analysis of the Most Meaningful Line in The Great Gatsby” and “Young, Wild, and Free: An Analysis of The Change In Female Society During Early 1920’s America.” In the future, Brendan hopes to continue writing in school and enhance his writing capabilities.
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LIZA BURKE was born in Norwalk, Connecticut, in 1998 and was raised in Darien, Connecticut. She graduated middle school in 2013 and will hopefully graduate in the spring of 2017 from Darien High School. Burke has written many essays, poems, and short stories throughout her writing years. In April, 2010, Liza’s poem “Snow” was one of several hundred selected for the Young Writer’s of America contest. Liza enjoys focusing on many different writing styles, but her strongest writing comes from her personal pieces. She has continued her writing development in her current English class “Issues in Contemporary Poetry,” and she hopes that one of her assignments will soon be published somewhere.
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CHARLES HURFF CHRISTENSEN was born in Greenwich, Connecticut, on July 10th 1998. He is the author of over twenty decent essays. Christensen has yet to be awarded, let alone nominated for his writing pieces. He has been an indentured servant to the teachers at Darien public schools since his attendance of Middlesex Middle School from 2009-2013. His favorite books, but mainly films include Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin and Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling. Christensen can be found on Sundays watching NFL Red-zone while supporting the New York Giants and his successful fantasy team. Christensen often enjoys spending his leisure time on Barstoolsports.com where he reads sports blogs written “for the common man, by the common man.”
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RYAN CORNELL was born in Greenwich, Connecticut, in 1999. He has written numerous analytical essays that have not, as of this moment, received great recognition. He has followed MLA format for the past three years, and he has tried his best to make his papers as boring as can be. Ryan is currently enrolled in “Issues in Contemporary Poetry,” a different kind of class, one that does not demand that he only write formal analytical essays. Ryan enjoys this freedom, and he also enjoys writing articles where he can connect with his subject. Through it all, Ryan remains a young, aspiring writing, one who is looking to improve his skills.
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KOMAL DHULL was born in Stamford, Connecticut, in 1999 and is a current senior at Darien High School. Her favorite books are One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, and her favorite poets are T. S. Eliot and E. E. Cummings. She also likes spoken word poetry. In addition, she enjoys playing the violin and piano. She hopes to study computer science in college next year.
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BRETT DURBIN was born in Greenwich, Connecticut, on May 24th, 1999. He is the author of more than twenty essays including “The Greatest Athlete of All Time: Muhammad Ali.” His favorite author is Cynthia Kadohata, he has read several of her books, and some of them feature his favorite genre: historical fiction. Brett spends his free time watching USC football and visiting Jones Beach. Brett currently serves as a tutor for young students who are curious to learn more about the English language and as a cashier at a local country club. He currently resides in Darien, Connecticut, along with his younger brother and younger sister.
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KIRSTEN FRY was born in Seattle, Washington in 1999. She since then has relocated to Darien, Connecticut, at the discretion of her mother, wanting to move closer to “family.” Because she is passionate about the outdoors, conceptual art, and yoga, New England has proved itself a terrible place for Fry to reside in. As for literature, she enjoys Line Break poetry, the stylings of outspoken writers such as E.E. Cummings, and any prose using a deep sort of depth. She enjoys writing poetry for her own enjoyment and ease, but nothing that she deems worthy of the public eye. Planning to pursue higher education at Black Hills State, she looks forward to the future of her writing and consumption of other’s writing. She also looks forward to the rest of the semester in her Modern Poetry class, in which she hopes to expand her poetry horizons and literary knowledge.
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EDWARD M. FULLER, known as “Teddy,” was born December 2nd, 1998 and grew up in Darien, Connecticut. He is a senior at Darien High School and is enrolled in a class called “Issues In Contemporary Poetry” taught by Mr. Janosco. He spends his free time working at Rowayton Market and hanging with his friends. Teddy has just started to work with poetry, and though has not received any awards nor been featured in any major poetry books, he is making his way up the ranks in the poetry world. To date, none of his work has been published, and he is not trying to make any money from his written work.
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LILLY JOHNSEN was born in Greenwich, Connecticut in 1999 and was raised in Darien, Connecticut. She is currently a student at Darien High School and plans to graduate in the spring of 2017. Throughout her high school career, she has written many analytical essays, short stories, and poems. Out of all the writing styles she has explored, poetry is her favorite. Although her work has yet to be published, she has been working on many poems, including “Ode to Foetry,” in her Modern Poetry class at school. She plans to continue working on her writing pieces in the future and hopes to get one published some day.
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DAVID KRISTOF has been recognized as scholar in the early 320 BC and for his creation of geometry. His most fetch accomplishment was serving as a military advisor to Alexander the Great. During the Seige of Aornos, David took an arrow to the knee, but later staggered on yelling “My hands are of your colour, but I shame to wear a heart so white,” later quoted by William Shakespeare. David has been recognized for his courage as remembered by the song “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus. David has been noted for “[coming] in like a wrecking ball” and for never “[falling] under your spell.” David is well versed in ancient Greek, post-modern English, and is a world-recognized dragon slayer. David has now retired as a llama farmer, writes short stories about his tales of the interstellar travel to Narnia, and is casual acquaintance with Elvis Presley.
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EMILY LASHENDOCK was born on October 7, 1998 in Greenwich, Connecticut. Emily was raised by her parents, Michael and Kathryn, along with her older sister Kaitlyn and two yellow labs, Maggie and Chloe. After attending Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich for eleven years, Emily switched schools to pursue an academic career at Darien High School. Over the course of her time in high school, Emily has actively contributed to her Honors 10 English, American Literature, and Issues in Contemporary Poetry classes. One of her most memorable pieces arrived her sophomore year after reading Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar. Lashendock’s piece offered an additional chapter to the book, including a written-in character she modeled after herself. Also during her sophomore year, Emily completed an extensive poetry portfolio titled “Gray Matter,” which was comprised of a series of original work. Ms. Lashendock currently resides in Darien with her single mother and hopes to attend college in the South next fall.
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OLIVIA LEW is the coolest cat at DHS. When it comes to Theatre 308, she is responsible for lighting up the backstage world. Her work appears in several anthologies, including “Turnitin.com (2012-17),” Edmodo (2015-16), and “Those Dialectical Journals We Did for Mr. J.”
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RYAN LUTTRELL was born in Norwalk, Connecticut, in 1998. He is currently a senior at Darien High School. Ryan has taken English every year of high school, with senior year being the one year he is taking two English classes. Notable works of Ryan’s includes his Hobbit essay written in freshman year Accelerated English, a short story about the transition to college praised by Louise Dobson, and most notably a moving essay on the disparaging team name of the Washington Redskins in American Literature, taught by the inspiring Mr. Janosco. Ryan is known for his diction and style, attributes that he is able to bring over into his Spanish-writing life as well. As of 2016, Mr. Luttrell does not know where he is going to college, but believes there will be some more writing involved in his next chapter of education as well.
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MATT MEYJES was born in Greenwich , Connecticut on May 31st of 1999. From a young age he enjoyed writing and reading, and one of his favorite hobbies is reading and watching the Harry Potter series. He is the author of dozens of excellent essays, and aside from studying literature, Matt loves to support his favorite sports teams, the Chargers and the Clemson Tigers. Out of school, Matt takes his trait of perfectionism to work, where at the Westchester Golf Club, he makes sure the driving range stays in top shape.
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KELLY MORAN was born on June 24th, 1999, in New York City. She now lives in Darien, Connecticut, and is currently attending Darien High School as a senior. Though she has not published any literature whatsoever in the form of novels, poems, etc., she has published one article on her poetry class’ blog, entitled, Ashberyland. Throughout her time in this class, she will have more opportunities to publish her work. She has not won any awards for her writing but with the hopes of an aspiring writer, she aims to change that in the future. A passion that fuels her writing is music, and it helps that songwriting is more or less the same as writing poetry, although some that argue against Bob Dylan’s winning of the Nobel prize in literature might have something to say about that. She is most interested in writing about music and art, and tends to fill her pieces with emotion, which doesn’t always work out to her advantage especially when the majority of her writing assignments are rhetorical analysis essays, pieces where her voice does not seem to fit well. She is highly considering pursuing English in college, but is waiting to make that decision after she finishes her three English courses this year.
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A.J. SCOLARO was born in Stamford, Connecticut on April 8th, 1999. Scolaro currently resides in the small town of Darien, Connecticut. Scolaro’s poetry has never been published, but surely that will change this year. Although Scolaro has never received an award for his poetry, he aims to receive one by the end of 2017. Scolaro is passionate about spending time in nature, and much of his work reflects this.
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PHOEBE SLAUGHTER, born September 8, 1998, is the daughter of Tim and Margaret, has grown up in Darien, Connecticut, and at the age of 18, she still resides in the same yellow house. Graduate of New Canaan Country School in 2014, she now attends Darien High School as a part of the class of 2017. Her older sister Megan, is a student at the University of Virginia. At Darien High School, Phoebe has been a part of various English courses such as American Literature and Issues in Contemporary Poetry with teacher, Mr. Janosco and English 10 with Mrs.Record. Some of her most memorable piece of writing is known to be her “Living Without Conformity” piece, a research based essay on Into the Wild, and her writing “The Power of the Supreme Being: Desire of the Colonies.” Along with this, Phoebe held positions in which she helped contribute and edit the “Beginning to End,” a yearly book through New Canaan Country School, and along with this helped form the school chronicle alongside Topsy Post. She likes to write about the simple things and current events going on in the world. Phoebe still lives with her mother and yellow lab in Darien, Connecticut and hopes to be attending a university in the fall.
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HANNAH VOGEL is a senior at Darien High School in Connecticut. Born in New York City, she has since moved and grown up in the town of Darien. Vogel has had work appear on TeenInk, as well as in the Sarah Lawrence Summer Writing Program booklet, “Upside Down Ceilings and Other Names for a Floor.” Besides attending the Sarah Lawrence Creative Writing Program, Hannah has attended the Columbia Creative Writing Workshop. Hannah is part of two literary clubs at her high school including DHS’ literary magazine club, “Current,” as well as the poetry club, “Poetea.” Her project for the 2016-2017 school year is completing the final rough draft of a novel she is writing. Hannah enjoys British literature, specifically the works of Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, and Oscar Wilde and often draws inspiration from the works of these authors. In addition, she is a fan of David Sedaris and tries to emulate his sense of self, voice, and comedic timing. Hannah considers writing to be a big part of who she is even though she hates it most of the time. Her writing motivation often occurs she has something else she is supposed to be doing.
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CANDICE WANG is a senior at Darien High School, Connecticut, who loves to dabble in many aspects of the arts, especially writing and music. To further her exploration of creative writing, she ventured to Northampton, Massachusetts in the summer of 2014 to take part in a summer program at Smith College, where her eyes opened to various types of short story and poetry styles. Then, starting in the spring of 2015, she dived into playwriting and dramaturgy, and discovered that she loved it. She joined the Student Productions of 2015 and 2016 as a director and playwright, and had a wonderful time working with Theatre 308 to unveil one-act plays in May. She is also involved in Current and PoeTea Club at DHS. Whenever she has a pocket of time on the weekends, she loves to read works by Haruki Murakami, Tennessee Williams, Margaret Atwood, and Sylvia Plath. At college next year, one of her aspirations is to continue her involvement with theatre, and possibly join a literary publication group.
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TED WOLL was born in Washington D.C. in December of 1998. Moving nearly every two years of his life, he ended up in Darien, Connecticut as a sophomore. Before writing poetry, he attended multiple classes in American studies, before becoming known as a ¨perfect human¨. On the advice of an almost amusing video determined to lure students to a poetry class, he joined, on the idea of analyzing poetry. From there, he went on to write multiple pieces of poetry, such as “Class Syllabus'” a piece focused on the mystery behind Mr. Janosco´s green pants, and “An ode to speech,” which featured 5 minutes of the conversations of those around him.
One of his favorite formats of writing is the random displays of work. While he may take work seriously, such as poetry analysis, his own works can often appear as improvised: they focus on whatever he thinks of writing about at any given moment. This opens a large amount of possibilities for his work, as even he doesn’t know what a poem will look like at any given time. He progresses through the year in hopes of finding interesting writing styles blended with analysis of important ideas from other poets.
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E.A. WRIGHT grew up in Darien, Connecticut and was born on November 25th 1999. Eden has lived in Darien her whole life and will be moving to New York in 2017 to attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. During the summer of 2014, Eden began her theatrical journey at Crystal Theater in Norwalk Connecticut and is currently in her final production there before she graduates. Eden is currently playing the role of Rosalind in “As You Like It” at Darien High School and enjoys the poetry and verses of William Shakespeare immensely. She plans to continue her study of Shakespeare in her future.
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KATIE WRIGHT was born in Kansas City, Missouri on September 5th, 1998. She lived in Kansas City, Kansas for a year and later moved to Darien when her father started working in the city. She attends Darien High School and will graduate in the spring of 2017. Throughout high school, she has written numerous essays, stories, and poems that reflect her growth as a student. Her recent poem was dedicated to, “Clam Ode”, where she wrote about her french bulldog, Ozzie. Another piece of her work was a reflection on Martha Silano’s “Love” poem, and it was later published to ashberyland.com. She plans to further her education in poetry and widen her genre of writing styles. Katie also hopes to publish more work to ashberyland.com and to write more poems in her free time.
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