Monday, February 15, 2010

Winners of the 2010 APP Competition

I am happy to report that APP's First Annual Poetry Writing Competition received thirty-nine entries by the January 15th deadline. A week later, ASA board member Alice Movsesian, and APP friends Rachel Goshgarian, PhD, and Silva Ajemian both of New York City, got together to jury the entries. As administrator of the competition, I kept a list of names but identified each entry by a number and category, presenting the names only after the winners were selected.

Teen-age category
Winner: SIMONE AKGULIAN is a 16 year old young lady who attends the Oak Park River Forest High School. She wins this category with her poem “Roll Call”.
Honourable mention to: Ashley Merdkhanian, age 13, who attends the St. Gregory A. & M. Hovsepian School, in California.

College age category
Winner is 20 year old NAIRI KHATCHADOURIAN for her Armenian poem Անանուանելի ինչ որ զգացում. She attends The American University of Paris and is in the U.S. alternate semesters.

23 years and older category
Winner is ALEXANDRA BEZDIKIAN, who hails from SF. Her poem is entitled “Berated”.

I take this opportunity to thank the ASA Board for its sponsorship of the 1st annual APP Poetry writing competition.

Many thanks to all those who participated in the U.S. and Canada. The winning entries will be posted starting today.

Lola Koundakjian, APP Curator and Producer

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