Students Earn Scholastic Writing Awards

Congratulations to Emma Keuler ’20, Lucia Rondini ’20, and Lisa Wong ’20, who won a total of four state writing awards from the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition, including two Gold Keys.

In addition, Wong received a Gold Medal and the American Voices Medal for her short story, “Silence is the Loudest Scream.” The American Voices Medal is the highest regional honor, given to one writer and one artist from each region. Wong won the Gold Key and American Voice nomination at the regional level, which allowed her short story to move on to a national level. The story was then judged in New York City, and she earned a Gold Medal and the American Voice Medal for this region.

There are more than 330,000 art and writing entries at the regional level throughout 100 affiliates, and only 5 to 7 percent of those receive Gold Keys and have their work judged again for national consideration. Out of those that are judged, only about 1 percent receive national medals.

Gold Medal and American Voices Medal:
Lisa Wong ’20 for her short story, “Silence is the Loudest Scream”

Gold Key:
Emma Keuler ’20 for her poem, “Willows”
Lisa Wong ’20 for her short story, “Silence is the Loudest Scream”

Silver Key:
Lucia Rondini ’20 for her poem, “After the Storm”

Honorable Mention:
Lucia Rondini ’20 for her short story, “The Sparrow”
Lisa Wong ’20 for her personal essay, “Worlds Apart”
Lisa Wong ’20 for her critical essay, “The Instrument of Death”

In addition to the achievements in Scholastic Writing, read about the 19 USM students who received awards from the Scholastic Art Competition.
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