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Scholastic Recognizes 11 Seven Hills Student Writers, Poets

In an extraordinary achievement, 11 Middle and Upper School students have received recognition from the prestigious 2017 Scholastic Writing Awards. The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards are the country’s largest and oldest student writing competition. To put this accolade into perspective, alumni of the highest level of the Scholastic Awards are Truman Capote and Sylvia Plath, and more recently, Stephen King, Myla Goldberg, and Lena Dunham. The competition is divided into regions, and Seven Hills students compete in the Midwest Region, which includes Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, and Ohio. The Belin-Blank Center at the University of Iowa has announced the regional award recipients of the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Presented by the nonprofit organization, the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the country’s longest-running and most prestigious scholarship and recognition program for creative students in grades 7–12. This program year, more than 330,000 works of art and writing were submitted to 118 Affiliate regions across the country. The following students received Gold Keys, Silver Keys, Honorable Mentions. Seven Hills students who received recognition in the personal narrative competition are: 

Personal Narrative

Reagan Brackett won a Regional Silver Key for In Which We Begin Not to Understand. 

Seth Friedman received an Honorable Mention for My Improbable Tool

Jasmyne Lindsey won a Regional Silver Key for Intermission: Flower


Short Story

Jenny Hu won a Regional Silver Key for Fragments



Kay Kemp won a Regional Gold Key for House of Winds and received an Honorable Mention for Synesthesian Constellations. 


Critical Essay

Nina Martinez Diers won a Regional Silver Key for The Power of Two (or More) 

Megan McLennan won a Regional Gold Key for Chaucer’s Pilgrimage to a New Society

Anika Parameswaram received an Honorable Mention for Unveiling the Disguises in The Canterbury Tales

Madison Peltier received an Honorable Mention for We are All Evil; Can We Be Saved?: Symbolism of Darkness in Heart of Darkness

Uma Shenai won a Regional Silver Key for Knowing is Only Half the Battle: Rising to Adulthood in Homer’s Odyssey

Andrea Stancescu received an Honorable Mention for Women in Beowulf

Only five students in the entire state of of Ohio earned Gold Keys in the Critical Essay category. All Regional Gold Key winners advance to the National Competition. Silver Keys are awarded to the top 7-10 percent of all entries. Honorable Mention is awarded to the top 10-15 percent of all entries. Seven Hills has the highest number of students recognized in the critical essay category than any in our region. 

English teacher Marielle Newton congratulated our students and shared the following about Kay Kemp: “Kay, who earned a Gold Key, wrote all the pieces for the Scholastic Portfolio for my Creative Writing class. Kay did a remarkable job of using the writing techniques learned in the course, along with the various exercises we did in voice, economy of language, various writing principles, and poetic modes. Because Kay worked so hard to implement each and every piece of advice I gave and revision suggestions classmates and I offered, the final pieces are so polished that, I think, they rival the quality of many contemporary poets. Kay’s recognition was well-deserved, and I was lucky to share a classroom with Kay.”

English teacher Mark Beyreis said, “I am proud of ALL the students who submitted their work, and I’m excited for those who had their work recognized by the judges. Much more important than the applause at an awards ceremony, however, is that moment of wild courage it takes to put your writing out there and share with other people what is on your mind and in your heart. I think we are seeing that Seven Hills is the kind of place that nurtures confident writers who know how to make the most of that moment.”