Creative Writers to Compete Nationally
Posted on 02/02/2019
Scholastic Awards

Several creative writers from the CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts have been recognized for their poetry and essay writing with some taking home the top regional prize.

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards is a regional and national awards program which honors students from grades 7-12 within the 29 categories of art and writing. Submissions are judged first locally by a panel of accomplished visual and literary artists. Panelists look for works that exemplifies a student’s personal artistic voice, originality, and technical skills. They then award regional awards of Gold Key, Silver Key, and Honorable Mention. Gold Key winners will then attend a ceremony in New York City where they can win a $10,000 scholarship.

Three Academy students are Gold Key winners. They are seniors Danny Diaz-Villafane and Ben Dionne for their collection of original poems. Sophomore Laney Goral won for her short story “It Was a Nice Day.” They will go on to be judged on a national level.

Senior Alex Nordlund won a Silver Key for his essay titled “Censorship of Hate groups: The Dangerous Impact.” Also winning a Silver Key is sophomore Charlotte Watts for her poem “My Grandfather (Or Life In Italics.”) Winning an honorable mention is senior Rachel Justice for her poem “The Matchbox Collector.”

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