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Two Students Named Winners and Four Honorable Mentions Recognized in the Second NAfME Student Songwriters Competition

Christian Wissmuller • News • October 28, 2021

This year National Association for Music Education (NAfME) held its second Student Songwriters Competition for K–12 students. This competition provided students the opportunity to submit original songs for future performance. Cash prizes were awarded to winners and honorable mentions.  All entrants received written evaluations of their compositions.

NAfME member adjudicators selected winners from two categories: grades K–8 and grades 9–12. Each entrant must be sponsored by a NAfME member. Submitted compositions needed to be 5 minutes or less and include an audio recording and lyric sheet (lead sheet optional).

These students were recognized for their submissions:

K-8 Winner: “In the Night” by Benjamin Harrison

Gordon School, East Providence, Rhode Island

Teacher: Susan Hodgin


K-8 Honorable Mentions:

“Charades” by Evelyn Goldin

T. W. Pyle Middle School, Bethesda, Maryland

Teacher: Michelle Kim


“Unify” by Mila Misk

Glen Head Elementary School, Glen Head, New York

Teacher: Whitney Hackman


High School Winner: “Changes” by Sanjna Rajagopalan

Ridgewood High School, Ridgewood, New Jersey

Teacher: Susan McBrayer


High School Honorable Mentions:

“Robots” by Kiera McInally

Huntington Beach High School, Huntington Beach, California

Teacher: Danielle Collins


“Place Called Home” by Izzy Potter

Northport High School, Northport, New York

Teacher: Frank Doyle

Listen to all the winning and honorable mention student compositions here.

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