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Local students excel in Scholastic Writing awards

  • Thursday, February 21, 2013

South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities (SCGSAH) creative writing students received 251 total awards in the recent Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards for the Southeast Region. Courtney Carrick of Mount Pleasant earn a Gold Key in flash fiction and short story and honorable mentions in humor and poetry. She

attended the Charleston County School of the Arts her freshman and sophomore years. It is the first year all 26 creative writing junior and senior students received awards.

“The fact that every one of our young writers was recognized by Scholastics speaks to their discipline and hard work,” says Scott Gould, creative writing department chair. “It also speaks to the chemistry that develops between these writers. They truly support each other and work daily to make each other better. It’s nice when someone else – like the folks at Scholastics – recognizes their efforts.”

The nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers administered the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. The students’ work was judged on the regional level within the Southeast Region, including Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

From the regional level, Gold Key work is submitted for consideration at the national level. SCGSAH students were recognized with 76 Gold Keys. Of those 76, nine students were awarded Portfolio Gold Keys. If chosen for a national award in this category, they will also receive a $10,000 scholarship. National winners are celebrated at a prestigious Carnegie Hall ceremony and have their work showcased in reputable galleries in New York City. These winners will be announced on Friday, March 15.

The Creative Writing Program at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, developed by professional writers, is intensive and highly challenging to ensure talent development and productivity. Students concentrate on sound writing techniques in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction and screenwriting. The goal of the Creative Writing Program is to recruit and mentor the finest young writers in South Carolina. The program offers a creative, supportive atmosphere and a course of study supervised by practicing, published writers.

The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers identifies teenagers with exceptional artistic and literary talent and brings their remarkable work to a national audience through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. The awards, which have recognized more than 13 million students, continue to be the longest-running, most prestigious program for creative teens and the largest source of scholarships for young artists and writers. The program is generously supported by Scholastic, Maurice R. Robinson Foundation, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, Command Web Offset, AMD Foundation, The New York Times, Dick Blick Co., Ovation and New York Life Foundation.

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