Thursday, June 24, 2010

Congratulations, Writopia 2010 Award Winners!

2010 Scholastic Writing Awards

FIRST: Over 80 works submitted by Writopia's middle and high school students received regional awards in the following cities: New York City; Washington, DC; and Los Angeles.
THEN: 15 of those works were honored on the national level at Carnegie Hall last week.
AND FINALLY: Two pieces were requested to be published in Scholastic publications!

Highlights from New York City:

  • Lena Beckenstein, 16, won a National Gold Medal, the National Constitution Center's Creativity and Citizenship Award, and a $1,000 scholarship!
  • Michael Gellman, 16, won a National Gold Medal and was the closing speaker at the 2010 Awards ceremony at Carnegie Hall! (He was invited to be published in one of Scholastic's publications but declined.)
  • Peter Cohen, 17, won a Silver Medal for his senior portfolio.
  • Dalia Wolfson, 16, won two National Gold Medals.
  • Emma Goldberg, 15, won two National Silver Medals.
  • Riley Pearsall, 13, won a National Gold Medal.
  • Izzy Udo, 14, won a National Gold Medal.
  • Abigail Savitch-Lew, 17, won a Gold Medal.
  • Charlotte Ahlin, 16, won a Gold Medal.

Welcome Writopia Lab LA and DC to the Scholastic Awards!

These two budding regions pulled in four national medals:
  • Los Angeles: Sam Schlesinger, 13, won two Gold National Medals and was published in Spark: Young Visions and Voices (a collection of Best Middle School writing)!
  • Washingon, DC: Naomi Shroff-Mehta, 14, won a National Gold Medal.
  • Washington, DC: Sydney Collins, 13, won a National Silver Medal.

Random House's 2010 Creative Writing Contest for High School Seniors

  • Sam Levine, 17, won second place and a $5,000 Scholarship! He was also published in their annual anthology of award-winning teen writing. (Sam also won a Scholastic regional gold key for his senior portfolio for other writings.)

2010 Young Playwrights "Write a Play!" NYC Festival

Three of our students won Best Play (three "Best Play" awards are honored per age group) and one won an Honorable Mention:
  • Middle School Division, Best Play:Serena Alagappan, 12
  • Middle School Division, Honorable Mention: Priscilla Guo, 13
  • Elementary School Division, Best Play: Jenny Richards, 10
  • Elementary Division, Best Play: Claudia Yanos, 10
And a play by two Writopia students, "Tuna Casserole...with a Hint of Orange," was a finalist in the Young Playwrights National Festival:
  • Jane Herz, 11 and Serena Alagappan, 12

June Publications

The following students were published recently or this month.
  • Stone Soup: Serena Alagappan, 12. Check out the upcoming issue!
  • Imagine Magazine: Dalia Wolfson, 16. Her piece "Vault Forward" won 1st place in the magazine's creative minds nonfiction contest and her piece "Aflight" received honorable mention in the same magazine's fiction contest.
  • Spark: Sam Schlesinger, 13. Check out Scholastic's collection of Best Middle School writing!

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