SOA students to be honored at Carnegie Hall

  • Thursday, April 25, 2013

Students from the SOA Creative Writing major will be recognized nationally in New York City. Fourteen middle and high school students will be distinguished by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards in May during a ceremony at Carnegie Hall in their honor. Last year’s keynote address was delivered by Meryl Steep. Also while in Manhattan, they will attend workshops presented by publications like the New York Times and Rolling Stone Magazine.

Several students received more than just a gold or silver medal. Grace Collins, a senior, received the New York Life Scholarship for her work that addresses grief and the grieving process. This award carries with it $1,000 to be used for the college of her choice.

Seventh grader Cora Schipa and eighth grader Emily Shorter are designated Best Writers in the entire country. Schipa received the best-in-grade for fiction and Shorter also received the best-in-grade award for fiction. These awards are particularly special because only one is given at each grade level per year from the thousands of stories submitted from all over the United States. 

This is the third year in a row an SOA student has received the best-in-grade award and the first ever by two in the same year, an incredible accomplishment.

Congratulation to all 14 award winners.

12th grade: Grace Collins

11th grade: Harris Lynam

10th grade: Zoe Abedon, Graham Crolley

Ninth grade: Julia Goller, Maddie DePuy,

Eighth grade: Clare McTighe, Sterling Windham, Madison Harden, Emily Shorter, Aurelyn Van Kirk

Seventh grade: Carson Peadon, Cora Schipa, Eli Braddock

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards have an impressive legacy dating back to 1923 and a noteworthy roster of past winners including Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford and Joyce Carol Oates. The awards are an important opportunity for students to be recognized for their creative talents.

Each year, the alliance partners with more than 100 visual and literary-arts focused organizations across the country to bring the awards to local communities. Teens in grades seven through 12 can apply in 28 categories of art and writing for the chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited or published.

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