Two students from Coleytown Middle School are award winners in the 2014 Connecticut Student Writers Contest sponsored by the University of Connecticut English Department.

Eighth-grader Eden Schumer is the winner of the Poetry Division for her piece entitled "A Drop in the Ocean."

Seventh-grader Victoria Cao was awarded an honorable mention for her personal memoir "First Day Jitters."

According to their teacher, Paul Ferrante, both students' pieces were the product of writing units in the Westport language-arts curriculum. "The girls wrote very personal pieces," he said, "and were not afraid to share their feelings and talent. There were over 900 entries in the contest, and their success is a reflection of the district's commitment to excellence in writing."

The students will be honored in a May 13 ceremony at the Jorgensen Auditorium on the University of Connecticut campus.