First Place Story
Caitlin Brannigan is a junior at the Academy of the Holy Angels in Demarest, NJ. As a child, she wrote stories about her favorite TV shows using markers and pieces of printer paper. Her love of writing broadened in sixth grade, when she began writing stories with her friends. She enjoys all kinds of writing, especially short stories, although she has recently developed a comparable interest in poetry. She is the recipient of the Sister Nonna Dunphy Scholarship and the Sister Catherine Green Kindness Award. In school, she participates in Blueprint Literary Magazine, Writers’ Society, and Concert Choir. She is also co-president of Psychology Club. She is a member of National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta (Math Honor Society), Science National Honor Society, and National Spanish Honor Society. Outside of school, she is a Church Lector, CCD co-catechist, and a volunteer one-on-one camp counselor working with special needs kids. Besides writing, she enjoys reading, playing piano, and knitting. She is very grateful for the support she has received from her family, friends, teachers, and peers. She is honored to receive a Governor’s Award.