The After School Arts Program in Washington recently hosted its 12th annual Celebration of Young Writers at The Gunnery in Washington.

This year’s writers included 12 students from Litchfield, New Haven and Fairfield counties.

The young writers include Charlotte Blair, Sara El Moustakim, Reese Evans, Sophia Granata, Ciara Lynch, Carter Orr, Illianna Martinez, Dean Saccardi, Nico Sorce, Elaina Stumpf, Maya Woodhall and Xavier Williams.

Each writer was celebrated as he or she read his or her piece on stage to an audience of more than 350.

Actor and musician Michael Lombardi, best known for his role as Mike Silletti on the critically acclaimed FX cable hit series, “Rescue Me,” hosted the event.

Jill Faherty Lloyd was this year’s honoree. Lloyd served on the ASAP board for nearly 10 years and as president for seven, leading strategic planning, finance, budgeting, and major donor development efforts.

The evening concluded with a presentation of the Frank McCourt Prize for Excellence in Teaching from Ellen McCourt to Kim Harrell, a teacher at King Philip Middle School in West Hartford.

The Frank McCourt award honors the spirit of McCourt, a teacher for more than 30 years before gaining distinction with his Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir, “Angela’s Ashes,” followed by “ ’Tis” and “Teacher Man.”