Watertown Student Wins Several Awards for Her Poetry in National Competition

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Watertown High School sophomore Montserrat Llacuna won five Silver Keys from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. (Courtesy Photo)

A Watertown High School student’s poetry earned her several awards in a national scholastic writing and arts competition.

WHS sophomore Montserrat Llacuna won five Silver Keys and two honorable mentions in the 2024 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

Llacuna, who is also an Advisory Council Member of the statewide student leadership program Project 351 submitted several of her social justice poems.

She was encouraged to submit her writing to the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and got help editing her work from ELA teacher William MacLaughlin and Casey Andrews, the head of the English Department.

Llacuna was not the only Watertown student to earn recognition. Jayden Connors, an eighth grader at Watertown Middle School received Honorable Mention for his submission in the Personal Essay/Memoir category.

Below are two of Llacuna’s award winning poems:

4 thoughts on “Watertown Student Wins Several Awards for Her Poetry in National Competition

  1. Are these poems available anywhere else by chance? My screenreader cannot ‘see’ the text & wordpress doesn’t have the capability for enlargement.
    Thanks in advance – would love to be able to access the award-winning work by local talent.

    Thanks for the work you do to keep us in the know about so many things happening here in our great city.

    • All her poems will be available at the Scholastic Awards web site but if you give me your email she can e-mail them to you so you can read them. She only e-mails .jpg files due to copyright.

  2. This young lady is ahead of her time! I love the way she describes. You can really relate to her emotions and that’s good poetry.

  3. Hi Ms. Evans, this is Montserrat, thank you so much for your kind words. Writing is a passion of mine and it brings me so much joy to be able to share my thoughts and emotions with others. Your comment means a lot to me and I am grateful that you appreciate the effort I put into my writing. It is truly rewarding to know that I am able to connect with people this way and to have my voice heard through my words. Thank you for your encouragement and support!

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