HYDE PARK, NY – “This year’s Writing about Place entries depicted a wide range of treasures from forests and ponds to the manicured landscapes of local mansions,” said Scott Keller, acting director of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area. “The students’ poems and essays remind us of the many places in our region that can provide us with comfort, inspiration, and a sense of community.”
Students who entered Teaching the Hudson Valley’s writing contest delighted readers with descriptions of – and feelings about – significant places in our area. In the coming weeks we’ll share their poems and essays on THV blog. In the meantime, we are pleased to introduce the top-scoring authors in


Sydney Corwin , one of three high school winners. She wrote
 a dreamy evocation of the landscapes at Vanderbilt Mansion
National Historic Site in Hyde Park Paradise in the Hills

This year’s overall results are a bit unusual as the winners in each category are all from the same school — high school, Newburgh Free Academy; middle school, Cornwall Central MS; and elementary, Riccardi ES, Saugerties Central Schools . Teachers and students will choose which of the winning places  to  visit with expenses paid by THV.

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