Congratulations to Rena Hollister, a 12th grader at Horace Greeley, for winning the Linda J. Zhang Award for Writing Achievement. Throughout her high school years, Rena has consistently participated in the Young Writers Contest and has won awards in fiction in all four of her high school years, including First Place in her senior year. Her excellent and consistent involvement made her the winner of this year’s award.

Rena received this prestigious Linda J. Zhang Award for Writing Achievement at the Young Writers’ Contest award ceremony, took place on June 6th, 2024 at the Chappaqua Library. Ms. Cathy Paulsen, head of Teen Services of the Chappaqua Library, introduced the award, established in 2021 by Linda J. Zhang Memorial Foundation in collaboration with the Young Writers Contest, the Friends and the Chappaqua Library, as a tribute to Linda J. Zhang. This annual award consists of a cash prize to the winner and a matching donation by the foundation on the winner’s behalf to a charitable environmental organization selected by the winner. Linda J. Zhang Foundation will also showcase an environmental-themed writing piece by the winner.

Previous winners and their writing pieces can be found in Linda J. Zhang Foundation website.