Writers And Artists Shine

Writer at work
Writer at work

Nine Roslyn High School students submitted pieces to the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition, winning a total of 17 awards.

Heather Kim won both a regional and national Gold Key for her poem “They Sing of Heroes but Never of Sacrifice.” As a national winner, she has been invited to attend an awards ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Chloe Kaplan submitted four pieces to the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition, winning awards for all four submissions, including two Gold Keys. Her works and categories are as follows:

• “The Boy Who Rocked (Back and Forth)” in the poetry category, won a Gold Key.

• “Nothing Is Explained” in the flash fiction category, won a Gold Key.

• “I Remember” in the short story category, won a Silver Key.

• “(A)musing” in the poetry category, won an Honorable Mention.

Kaplan primarily worked on the pieces in various writing retreats during the summer months as well as in the English Department’s Independent Study program with her advisor, Matthew Vogt. English Chairman Joshua Cabat along with English teacher Marigrace Cirringione also helped Kaplan with selecting her pieces and revising various drafts.

Yena Kim won a Gold Key for her critical essay, “Raising Perfection.” She is a student of Marigrace Cirringione.

Stephanie Tom won a regional Gold Key for “Born of Blood and Other Lands; Goddesses Are Afraid of the Dark, Too.” Both Kim and Tom are Independent Study students of Scott Segal.

Felicia Hou earned Honorable Mention for two essays, one in the personal essay/memoir category entitled “Another Asian Essay by an Asian Girl about Asian Issues,” and one in the critical essay category. Her AP Language teacher Kristen Hamilton said, “This is quite an accomplishment considering this year there were over 320,000 essays submitted to the contest in total.”

Angela Tran, who also works with Mr. Vogt in the Independent Study program, won an Honorable Mention for a collection of her poems.

In the visual arts, Vicky Zhou submitted five art pieces and received two Gold Keys, two Silver Keys and an Honorable Mention for her works. Claire Hsiao submitted art work that was awarded a Gold Key, and Sharlene Deng received a Silver Key for her piece.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition was founded in 1923 and is open to teenagers in grades 7-12 in public, private and home schools though out the United States, its territories, and American-run schools abroad.


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Joe Scotchie is the editor of both The Roslyn News and New Hyde Park Illustrated News. In 2009, he won a New York State Press Association award for a sports feature. Joseph Scotchie’s past publications include biographies of Thomas Wolfe and Richard Weaver and a comprehensive history of the city of Asheville, North Carolina.


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