National Honor for Poet

R.C. Murphy Junior High School seventh-grader Adeena Shahzadi was named a National Silver Medal winner in the 2016 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards contest.

Adeena was honored for her poem “I’m Sorry,” which told the story of a remorseful individual reflecting on the tragic loss of a friend.
Adeena was honored earlier this year as a Regional Gold Key winner in the contest.
According to the organization’s website, the contest is the longest running and most prestigious recognition initiative for creative teens and boosts famous alumni such as Stephen King, Sylvia Plath and Andy Warhol. The program receives more than 300,000 entries for adjudication on the regional level annually and only 1,900 receive national recognition.