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Scholastic Recognizes 30 Seven Hills Student Writers, Poets

In an extraordinary achievement, 30 Middle and Upper School students have received recognition from the prestigious 2019 Scholastic Writing Awards. Seven of those students recently received top recognition in their categories. The competition is divided into regions and Seven Hills competes in the Southwest Ohio, Northern Kentucky, and Southeastern Indiana region. The Belin-Blank Center at the University of Iowa has announced the regional award recipients of the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. The Scholastic Art & 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. 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.

Some of the Seven Hills teachers who participated in the Scholastic Awards are Mark Beyreis, Marielle Newton, and Caleb Paull.

The seven Seven Hills students to receive Gold Keys will go on to compete on a national level. They are:

Critical Essay – Junior Anika Parameswaran for two essays; and juniors Alex Grass, Megan McLennan, and Matt Wabler

Short Story – Freshman Jenny Hu

Personal Essay/Memoir – Junior Maddy Kennebeck

Film and Animation – Freshman Elsa Lick

American Visions Award – Freshman Elsa Lick

Seven Hills English teacher Mark Beyreis said, “We are most excited about how many students participated and put their work out there courageously,” said Beyreis. “Seven Hills claimed five of the nine Gold Keys in the state of Ohio, in the critical essay category. That is the fifth highest total in  that category of any high school in the country.”

Seven Hills English teacher Marielle Newton said she was inspired by all students who entered. “Katie Remaklus, who earned an Honorable Mention for an essay from my Honors British Literature class, is the embodiment of the attitude we hope students will bring to our English classes at Seven Hills. She wrote an essay on how she saw the ancient Old English text, ‘Beowulf,’ connecting to modern political conflict in America. When students can use their writing to find relevance between what we read and the real world around them, it makes the literature come alive. We are proud of Katie, and we are glad that the Scholastic Competition is honoring students who seek to connect the things they read to the world they will soon enter as young adults.”