Canterbury Students Go "Write" to the Top in Scholastic Writing Competition
Canterbury Students Go "Write" to the Top in Scholastic Writing Competition
Jessica Morales, Director of Enrollment Management

You may wonder what Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Bernard Malamud, Marc Brown, and Myla Goldberg all have in common with Canterbury School. These world-renowned writers are notable alumni of the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and recently, 43 Canterbury students across Grades 7 – 12 were recognized in this year's Scholastic Writing Competition, adding their names to that same list of alumni.

Canterbury High School celebrated ten Honorable Mentions, six Silver Key winners, and four Gold Key winners in this year's competition. One senior, Grayson Toole, won three Silver Keys and a Gold Key, and another, Jesa Kummer, took three Honorable Mentions and a Gold Key.

English Department Chair and High School English teacher, John Stephens, shared his congratulations.

"I really love the Scholastic Writing Competition because it always reveals something new to me about a few of my students," said John. "I am usually well aware of who is a strong analytical writer in my classes, but the creativity that leads to success in the Scholastics is sometimes hidden from me until a student asks my opinion about which of a pair of poems I prefer, or wants some feedback on whether the dialogue they've written in a short story sounds natural. Sometimes I'm blown away by what our kids are capable of, and am always so happy for them when the results come back."

He went on to explain how some students are so surprised by some of the judges' choices after the announcement. "When a student has submitted multiple poems, for example, it's often the one they had the lowest expectations for that win the gold, or vice versa. I think this just points out how hard it is to be objective about our own work, " said John.

Canterbury Middle School celebrated nineteen Honorable Mentions, nine Silver Key winners, and three Gold Key winners. The Gold and Silver Key winners were in the Short Story category, with one Silver Key winner in the Flash Fiction category. This year, Grade 7 and 8 students took to the Writing Lab classes to express themselves on paper and submit their favorite pieces to the competition.

"Scholastic provides a wonderful opportunity to share their voices through story, poetry or exposition," said Shawnda Hamilton, Middle School English Teacher. "It's always exciting when students hear that their pieces are chosen as some of the best in our region. "It's a joy to know so many young people are inspired to write."

Please join us in celebrating our student writers and their Scholastic accomplishment!


2018-19 Scholastic Writing Awards (by Category)

Flash Fiction

First Name

Last Name

Grade

Title

Award

Jesa

Kummer

12

The Door

Honorable Mention

Ashton

Dressler

7

Journey to the Colosseum

Honorable Mention

Ali

Ghazali

7

The Coin

Honorable Mention

Riley

Mitchell

7

The Musket

Silver Key

Michael

Posner

7

The Big Game

Honorable Mention

Caleb

Walda

7

Time Travel

Honorable Mention


Novel Writing

First Name

Last Name

Grade

Title

Award

Dolores

Federspiel

7

When Summer Changed

Honorable Mention


Short Story

First Name

Last Name

Grade

Title

Award

Grayson

Toole

12

Breathe and Release

Silver Key

Luke

Chaille

7

The Civil War Journey

Honorable Mention

Dolores

Federspiel

7

A Tunnel to the Truth

SIlver Key

Safiya

Thomas

7

Backwards on the Railroad

Gold Key

Aishani

Valluru

7

The Helper

Silver Key

Monica

Wojewuczki

7

The Purple Amulet

Honorable Mention

Alexander

Bayburt

8

The College Murder Case

Honorable Mention

Amber

Choi

8

A World of Dreams

Gold Key

Camille

Coker

8

Doomed to Repeat

Honorable Mention

Mick

DeSalvo

8

The City In Waste

Silver Key

Hannah

Durnell

8

Shattered

Silver Key

Hannah

Eilers

8

My Other Half

Silver Key

Ben

Finkel

8

The Statue of Vanity

Honorable Mention

Naomi

Gephart

8

Virgo

Silver Key

Maria

Krotov

8

The Inseparable Orphans

Honorable Mention

Julianna

Kummer

8

Guilty

Honorable Mention

Ysabella

Liu

8

Petrichor

Honorable Mention

Adel

Quta

8

Captain Captious

Honorable Mention

Akacia

Shuttleworth

8

Love-Hate

Honorable Mention

Lucy

Somers

8

Golden

Honorable Mention

Elliot

Straka-Kitch

8

We All Have Our Embarrassing Moments

Silver Key

Edward

Sun

8

Spiraling Out of Control

Honorable Mention

Marissa

Toole

8

The Sorrowful People on the Clouds

Gold Key

Megan

True

8

Love's Regrets

Silver Key

Tommy

Tsai

8

A World Unknown

Honorable Mention


Science Fiction/Fantasy

First Name

Last Name

Grade

Title

Award

Jason

Wang

7

Klein's Story

Honorable Mention


Critical Essay

First Name

Last Name

Grade

Title

Award

Grace

Bechdol

12

Test

Honorable Mention

Lucas

Steffy

10

A Brave New World: How Genetic Engineering will Change Society

Silver Key


Personal Essay/Memoir

First Name

Last Name

Grade

Title

Award

Georgia

Gray

9

Old Home

Silver Key

Kyle

Lawson

9

The Mystic Winter Night Sky

Gold Key

Zoraiya

Limzerwala

9

Twisting Through Time

Silver Key

Jesa

Kummer

12

Up and Out

Gold Key

Nikita

Lebedz

10

To Live Is To...

Honorable Mention

Sarah

Stevenson

10

Accepting the Unknown

Honorable Mention


Poetry

First Name

Last Name

Grade

Title

Award

Chloe

Cameron

12

In Five Senses

Honorable Mention

Chloe

Cameron

12

Opium of the People

Honorable Mention

Mikala

Holder

12

A Toast to You, to Me, to Falling Apart

Honorable Mention

Grayson

Toole

12

Gaia's Scalp

Gold Key

Grayson

Toole

12

Reflections

Silver Key

Grayson

Toole

12

Weathering

Silver Key

Gabriel

Gabriel

12

Blue of Rose and Cory

Honorable Mention

Jesa

Kummer

12

Mother Has Been Plagued by Her Child's Ploy

Honorable Mention

Jesa

Kummer

12

When It All Falls Apart

Honorable Mention


Writing Portfolio

First Name

Last Name

Grade

Title

Award

Jesa

Kummer

12

Disencumbrance

Silver Key


Dramatic Script

First Name

Last Name

Grade

Title

Award

Sarah

Stevenson

10

Accepting the Unknown

Honorable Mention