New Jersey Council of Teachers of English – 1st Place Poetry
My name is Catherine Park, and I’m a junior in the Academy for Business and Finance at the Bergen County Academies in Hackensack, NJ. At school, I am a member of the French National Honor Society as well as an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma candidate. I am also president of my high school Key Club and co-president of the Model UN club, as well as managing editor of my high school newspaper. Last year, I was named a National Gold Medalist in Poetry in the Scholastic Art and Writing competition, as well as the recipient of the Silver Medal in Poetry in last year’s NJCTE 2019 writing contest in my sophomore year. Besides writing, I have a passion for advocacy and a strong interest in various social and cultural issues of the 21st century. In my free time, I enjoy reading everything from news articles to YA novels, listening to music, and watching Netflix documentaries.