Wachtel Literary Awards for 2017 - winners :

[Peyton Andrysiak picture]

Peyton Andrysiak

... Peyton Andrysiak, currently a freshman at Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana, received a matching award for her essay sponsored by the Friends of Polish Art, Detroit. Peyton is majoring in Finance and planning to become a certified Financial Advisor. She is involved in various activities including Saint Mary's Dance Marathon, Toastmasters, Belles in Business and has helped plan the winter formal. She is looking forward to all of the opportunities that await her in the coming years as a result of her education.

The Friends of Polish Art sponsored the Suzanne Marie Margaret Sloat Youth Literary Competition. Entrants in the high school Level III (10th-12th grades) were asked to write on the following theme: Tadeusz Kosciuszko (Polish Patriot and Soldier 1746-1817) asserted "There is a time when you have to sacrifice everything to have everything saved." What do you think Kosciuszko meant by this statement and why or why not?

Peyton's essay Tadeusz Kosciuszko is posted here. (go to essay text)


Friends of Polish Art, Detroit, MI - Literary Competition (see information page)

[Gabriel Gelkepicture]

Gabriel Gelke


Gabriel Gelke is currently a sophomore at McQuaid Jesuit High School in Rochester, New York. Gabe has 4.0 GPA and is a starting Varsity Football player. He is also co-editor of the yearbook, a member of the High School Chorus and Music Ministry. He recently sang in the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra's Gala Holiday Pops Show as a member of the High School Chorus. Gabe is an altar server at his local parish and participates in many community service opportunities organized by his school. Gabe plans to go to college to study International Relations and hopes to someday work for the State Department.

Gabriel's essay Mike Krzyzewski: A Proud Polish-American is posted here. (go to essay text)


Polish Heritage Society, Rochester, NY - Literary Competition (see information page)


History: The Literary Awards (formerly Competition) was established in 1995 by Estelle Wachtel-Torres MD (see bio) in memory of her father, Stanley Zenon Wachtel. (read his complete biography) Mr. Wachtel was a pioneer of Chicago's Polish Theatre. In Detroit, he became the long-time producer of the Polish Language Radio Program on WJLB, WEXL and WNBC. Plus, he was a lead writer as well as an announcer on Polish radio. Gertrude Wachtel, his spouse, was also active in the theatre and looked after the finances of the programs.

Purpose: The Literary Awards (Competition) was established to foster the endeavors of Polish American Youth in the fields of journalism and/or literature. In order to be considered for an award, the age criteria is from junior high school until the age of 30 (in case of an individual studying for a doctorate or master's degree). The American Council for Polish Culture will match the first prize awards up to $750.00 per affiliate on an annual basis.

Criteria: For a matching award an affiliate or supporting organization must notify the Literary Awards Chair with the following information.

    1. A notification of the date of the competition.
    2. Rules of its competition.
    3. The size of the award.
    4. The winner's name and any other requested data must be forwarded after the judging.
    5. Forward a copy of the winning entry plus a photo of the 1st place recipient to the Literary Awards Chair via an e-mail attachment to:
      Carolyn L. Meleski clmele@comcast.net