Writers Head to National Competition

Competition
Several original writings created by R.C. Murphy Junior High School students have earned prestigious honors during this year’s Regional Scholastic Art and Writing Competition, with two scholars earning Gold Key awards signifying their placement among the top qualifying students in New York State.  

According to their website, The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards recognizes student achievement in the visual and literary arts in 29 categories, including editorial cartoon, poetry, graphic design, fashion, science fiction, video game design and more. Since 1923, the Awards have recognized and encouraged millions of students, including Truman Capote, Sylvia Plath, Andy Warhol and John Updike, who won when they were teenagers.  
   
The works created by the Gold Key winners will move on to the national level, where they will be considered for a Gold Medal. National medalists will be announced in the early spring.

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards is one of the nation's largest, longest running, most prestigious literary arts programs that honors students in grades 7-12 for their original works.

Gold Key
Karen Xie (Grade 9) – Flash Fiction, “Broken Time”
Adena Shahzadi (Grade 8) ¬– Poetry, “Fanaa”
 
Silver Key
Julia Match (Grade 9) ¬¬– Flash Fiction, “Unreality”
Ally Chun (Grade 9) ¬– Flash Fiction, “Stay Inside the Frame”
Adena Shahzadi (Grade 8) – Poetry, “A Bloody Bouquet of Roses” and “ Candles of Death”        
Claire Yang (Grade 7) – Flash Fiction, “Used”
 
Honorable Mention
Andrea Mosca (Grade 9) – Flash Fiction, “Seven Years Bad Luck”
Faith Fraas (Grade 9) – Flash Fiction, “Finding Tomorrow”
Madison Saavedra (Grade 9) ¬– Flash Fiction, “Across the Table”
Adena Shahzadi (Grade 8)  – Poetry, “My Dear”
Carolyn Liu (Grade 7)– Poetry, “Sonnet I, The Raging, Storm” and “The Phoenix, Home”