2012 Scholastic Writing Award Winners
Congratulations to 25 Medford High students selected for achievement in the 2012 Boston Globe Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, administered by The Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have an impressive legacy dating back to 1923 and a noteworthy roster of past winners, including Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, John Lithgow, Robert Redford and Joyce Carol Oates. Panelists look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill and the emergence of a personal voice or vision. Teens in grades 7 through 12 can apply in 28 categories of art and writing for the chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited or published. Recognition is awarded in three levels of distinction at the regional level: Gold Key, Silver Key, and Honorable Mention.
Click on the names below to read the winning entries. Entries are being posted as they become available.
In the Writing Awards, the following MHS students received recognition in the following levels of distinction:
Gold Key winners:
- Callaghan Todhunter (Personal Essay) – “My Metal-Penny, Orange Flavored Victory”
- Alyssa Valentyn (Personal Essay) – “M&Ms, Beanie Babies”
Approximately 7-10% of all regional submissions are recognized with Gold Key Awards and all are considered for national-level recognition.
Silver Key winners:
- Kylie Baker (Poetry) – “Love Song of the Schizophrenic,” “Glass Footprints” and “You and I on Fire”
- Matthew Beckshaw (Personal Essay) – “Be the Best You Can Be”
- Kayla Greeley (Flash Fiction) – “I Run”
- Clare Kelley (Personal Essay) – “Grammy’s Necklace”
- Brennan Miller (Personal Essay) – “And He’s Finished”
- Julia Shoop (Personal Essay) – “My Reality”
- Jagia Tamburini (Personal Essay) – “The Story”
Approximately 10-15% of all regional submissions are recognized with Silver Key Awards.
Honorable Mention winners:
- Nicole Avella (Humor) – “A Modest Proposal”
- Jennifer Duong (Poetry) – “Porcelain Masks”
- Patricia Healion (Personal Essay) – “Lonely Piano”
- Kha Huynh (Personal Essay) – “Twan, the Lonely Island Monster”
- Leanna Kantt (Personal Essay) – “Cut, Then Scarred, For Life”
- Winny Kwong Sito (Short Story) – “Devil’s Glass”
- Cynthia Miguel (Personal Essay) – “The Unforgettable Fragment of My Memory”
- Abigail Morse (Flash Fiction) – “Danaus Plexippus”
- Evan Nigro (Poetry) – “What Keeps You Going” and “Hope”
- Shahrayz Shah (Science Fiction) – “Zrockgar”
- Thomas Southwick (Poetry) – “Avert Your Eyes” and “My Only Solution”
Approximately 15-20% of all regional submissions receive Honorable Mention Awards.
Silver and Gold Key recipients will be honored in an awards ceremony on March 11 at John Hancock Hall. We express appreciation to Nicole Chiesa (Interim Director of English Language Arts), Richard Trotta (Director of Media, Technology and Fine Arts), Art teachers Candace Van Aken, Michelle Mackenzie, and English teachers David Ambrose, Douglass Bowen-Flynn and Jody Liu for their support of all the students who submitted entries.