WAYLAND — Everyone has a voice that is waiting to be heard.


On May 2 four students from Wayland-Cohocton Central not only had their voices heard, but were awarded for the words they spoke.


Starred Magazine is a Wayland-Cohocton Central student run magazine. The Wayland Lowell Club awarded them a certificate and money for the work they shared.


First place winner,Grace Sellers, wrote a story entitled “One Day Late” and it talks about one man’s point-of-view on September 11.


Second place winner, Cora Fraim, wrote a story entitled “The Tree That Listened” and it is about a little girl named Emma with aspergers that befriends a tree.


Third place winner, Ashley Page, wrote a poem “400 meters” that is about the heartbeat of a track star.


Fourth place winner, Brendan Duemmel, wrote a political poem “Red vs Blue” that is about how his family is divided due to the political climate.


Two judges looked through the student magazine, and found the voices to be very insightful.


Marge Shepard and Nancy McIntrye said they enjoyed seeing the unique voices from the students.


Sellers was a toddler when the tragedy of September 11 took place. She wrote the 500 word essay as a contest submission to SUNY Geneseo. It is about a man who is late for an important meeting, and heads to the towers the moment of the tragedy.  


“I fling the door open and stand in the doorway trying to catch my breath. All eyes in the room turn their attention to me. I now fully take a look at the scene before me,” she wrote. “There are figures stationed all over the room, not one sitting in their seats. There was a crowd forming around the windows facing the nearby tower.”


Fraim said she wrote her story based on an assignment she got about seeing the world through a tree’s eyes.


“I remember when I first met her, the little girl filled with uncertainty, now has blossomed into a young adult,” she wrote. “But when I looked down at her cobalt blue eyes filled with tears, I see the same little girl I met eight years ago that filled my heart with happiness.”  


Duemmel said the the political topic is very heavy in his household.


“Political parties are the death of the United States as a whole,” he wrote. “Our nation is divided because of one election.”


Page is a track star at Wayland-Cohocton Central.


“I’m standing on the start line, Trying to ignore the chills going up my spine,” she wrote. “I can feel the burn of shin splints, All I want is to finish this sprint.”


Be it poems, essays, short stories, photos, or quotes these students are reaching deep inside and pulling out their inner voice.