American Scholastic Writing Awards Announced

Eleven Bishop’s students earned recognition for their written work submitted last fall to the Western Region-at-Large division. Six received the top regional award – the Gold Key – for their pieces. Gold Key winners’ work went on to the national competition, which announced all the medalists on Monday, March 16. A national silver medal was awarded to Bishop’s junior Jeffrey Wang for his poem, “I Know Nothing But This America.”

According to the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards website, the program established in 1923 recognizes “the vision, ingenuity, and talent of our nation’s youth, and provided opportunities for creative teens to be celebrated. Each year, increasing numbers of teens participate in the program, and become a part of our community—young artists and writers, filmmakers and photographers, poets and sculptors, video game artists and science fiction writers—along with countless educators who support and encourage the creative process.
Regional awards designations are Gold Key, Silver Key and Honorable Mention. Scholastic defines the awards as follows:
  • Gold Key
    The very best works submitted to Region-at-Large programs. Gold Key works are automatically considered for national-level recognition.
  • Silver Key
    Stand-out works submitted to Region-at-Large programs that demonstrate exceptional ability.
  • Honorable Mention
    Accomplished works submitted to Region-at-Large programs showing great skill and potential.
Gold and Silver Key award recipients were announced on Jan. 31 and received a key pin in the mail. 
Here are the Bishop’s students’ regional award designations, categories and submission titles:

Student Name
Award Designation
Category
Title-
Annie Fang ’22
Silver Key
Personal Essay & Memoir
“grow up, please”
Emma Hong ’22
Gold Key
Critical Essay
“China’s Gendercide Under the One Child Policy: What is Really to Blame?”
 
Silver Key
Flash Fiction
“White Rice”
 
Silver Key
Flash Fiction
“A Guidebook on Sisterhood: Lost, Found and Lost Again”
 
Silver Key
Short Story
“Don’t Leave Your Coins in a Jar”
Bela Kellogg ’21
Silver Key
Personal Essay & Memoir
“An Icaza Woman’s Affection for Jewelry”
Sean Kim ’21
Gold Key
Critical Essay
“One Size Fits…Most”
 
Silver Key
Poetry
“Poetry”
 
Silver Key
Critical Essay
“A Bruised Rainbow: A Case Study on Homophobia in Chechnya”
 
Honorable Mention
Poetry
“Call of God”
 
Honorable Mention
Poetry
“Me”
 
Honorable Mention
Personal Essay & Memoir
“Glass Noodles”
 
Honorable Mention
Personal Essay & Memoir
“To My Mother,”
Lucy Liu ’21
Gold Key
Personal Essay & Memoir
“I’ll Be There For You”
 
Silver Key
Personal Essay & Memoir
“Eulogy for the Death of a Gunman”
 
Honorable Mention
Poetry
“Nuclear Vacation”
Grace McInerney ’21
Silver Key
Critical Essay
“Ice Cream with Emily”
Miles McInerney ’20
Gold Key
Personal Essay & Memoir
“The Sweepmaster”
 
Silver Key
Personal Essay & Memoir
“Cracked Boys”
 
Silver Key
Poetry
“Heathrow Airport Terminal 4”
 
Honorable Mention
Flash Fiction
“The Earth Mover”
 
Honorable Mention
Short Story
“Alfred Nobel on Game Theory”
 
Honorable Mention
Poetry
“Seeking Cracked Boys for Clinical Trials”
 
Honorable Mention
Writing Portfolio
“Cracked Boys Become Men”
Alexandra Midler ’22
Gold Key
Flash Fiction
“Mixed Signals”
Eric Pan ’21
Honorable Mention
Poetry
“60% H2O & 98˚F”
Andrea Rix ’22
Honorable Mention
Science Fiction & Fantasy
“A Gift of Pure Evil”
Jeffrey Wang ’21
Gold Key
Poetry
“I Know Nothing But This America”
 
Silver Key
Critical Essay
“The Hockey Stick Distribution: Reanalyzing Social Policy in America”
 
Honorable Mention
Poetry
“Centrifuge to My Desire”
 
Teachers who oversaw the submission of student work include Amy Allen, Anna Clark, Adam Davis, Gary Hendrickson and Laine Remignanti.    
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