Outstanding written pieces created by R.C. Murphy Junior High School and Ward Melville High School students garnered recognition at this year’s Regional Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Competition. Sixteen students were honored in the contest, and four, who received the highest honor of being named Gold Key winners, will now have their submissions judged at the national level.
Ward Melville High School senior Erika Riley received a Gold Key for her short story “Bad Ideas”; senior John Raney received a Gold Key for his poems “Poet’s Fire,” “Seeds,” “The Great Beast,” “Bookworm” and “On the Wings of a Letter”; and junior Eleni Aneziris received a Gold Key for her poems “To Dust” and “The View from the Couch in the Far Left Corner.” R.C. Murphy Junior High School ninth-grader Cameron Liquori won a Gold Key for her short story “Hero.”
Gold Key winners are recognized as the top 1 to 2 percent of all participants in the Northeast region. Their writing will be forwarded to the national level, where it will be considered for a Gold Medal. National medalists will be announced in mid-March.
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.
Congratulations to the following honorees:
Ward Melville High School
Eleni Aneziris: Gold Key in Poetry; four honorable mentions in Poetry; one honorable mention in Memoir
Amanda Liu: Silver Key in Poetry
Sachin Patnaik: Silver Key and honorable mention in Poetry
John Raney: Gold Key in Poetry, Silver Key in Writing Portfolio;
honorable mentions in Poetry (two), Flash Fiction (two) and Writing
Erika Riley: Gold Key in Short Story; honorable mention in Flash Fiction, Writing Portfolio and Poetry
R.C. Murphy Junior High School
Samarah Ahmed: Honorable mention
Maddy Avni: Silver Key
Justin Diamond: Silver Key
Ivy Guan: Honorable mention
Julia Hu: Honorable mention
Noor Kamal: Honorable mention
Cameron Liquori: Gold Key in Short Story
Serena Liu: Honorable mention
Ilsa Shahzadi: Honorable mention
Emily Toth: Honorable mention
Amy Xie: Silver Key