A Staples High School freshman won first-place prizes in two categories at the 35th annual Trumbull Arts Festival Literary Competition held Sept. 15 at the Trumbull Library.

Emily Schussheim's poem "My All" won the poetry cetegory while her essay "On the Clasped Hands of Giants" won the nonfiction middle school category, Staples said in a news release.

Schussheim's poem describes the inspiration and safety a teenage girl finds in the sanctuary of her own room, Staples said, while her essay describes an intimate experience with nature during a ski trip.

Winning pieces were published in PenWorks, the literary journal of the festival.

Shussheim was originally introduced to the competition through her Coleytown Middle School English teacher, Paul Ferrante, according to the release.