Four Artists, 26 Writers Win Scholastic Arts & Writing Awards

From left are MS Scholastic Awardees Nina Pavlatos ’20, Riley Levine ’20, and Kirin Mueller ’20

Thirty Dwight-Englewood students won a total of 71 regional awards in the 2016 Scholastic Arts & Writing Awards. This is a record for D-E, which has had a handful of Middle and Upper School students win in each of the past five years. These awards have recognized the creative talent of students in grades 7–12 nationwide since 1923, when educational publisher Scholastic Inc. founder Maurice R. Robinson also founded the awards. Students enter their works in 29 categories for a chance to be exhibited and published. In its 93-year history, the awards have honored student artists Joyce Carol Oates, and Robert Redford. Now run by the New York City-based nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the awards not only provide scholarships for national winners but also programming support for all honored students.

The awards begin with a regional round, in which students may be awarded Silver and Gold Keys, as well as honorable mentions.

Those pieces that receive Gold Keys move on to compete in the national round for Silver and Gold Medals awarded in June.

Arts Winners

Silver and Gold Key winners in the arts, honored in a ceremony on February 18, had their work exhibited at the Montclair Museum of Art in Montclair, NJ. D-E’s winners were:

Sofia Cox ’16—Honorable Mention, Sculpture; Silver Key, Illustration
Madeleine Kachikian ’18—2 Honorable Mentions, Photography
Lucy Plowe ’16—Gold Key, Portfolio
Peony Xie ’17—2 Gold Keys, Painting and Digital Art

Writing Winners

D-E students received a total of 62 writing awards, 14 in the Middle School and 48 in the Upper School:
Riley Levine ’20—Gold Key, Poetry; 4 Silver Keys, Poetry; Silver Key, Short Story; 3 Honorable Mentions, Poetry
Kirin Mueller ’20—Gold Key, Critical Essay; Gold Key, Poetry; Silver Key, Poetry; Honorable Mention, Personal Essay/Memoir
Nina Pavlatos ’20—Honorable Mention, Poetry
Anne Choi ’19—Gold Key, Science Fiction/Fantasy
Will Chung ’17—2 Silver Keys, Critical Essay; Honorable Mention, Flash Fiction
Savannah DiGiovanni ’16—3 Honorable Mentions, Poetry
Sophia Kim ’16—Honorable Mention, Critical Essay
Christine Kim ’18—Gold Key, Poetry; Silver Key, Poetry; Honorable Mention, Poetry
Joel Lee ’17—Gold Key, Poetry
Susie Lee ’19—Silver Key, Poetry
Noa Levin ’17—Honorable Mention, Flash Fiction
Nasrin Lin ’16—2 Gold Keys, Critical Essay; Silver Key, Portfolio; Honorable Mention, Critical Essay
Jeremy Meier ’17—Silver Key, Journalism; Honorable Mention, Personal Essay/Memoir; Honorable Mention, Poetry
Addie Model ’17—Gold Key, Short Story; Gold Key, Flash Fiction; 2 Silver Keys, Science Fiction/Fantasy
Leslie Moreaux ’16—3 Silver Keys, Poetry; Honorable Mention, Flash Fiction
Maxine Musto ’17—Gold Key, Short Story; 2 Silver Keys, Poetry
Kevin Nouri ’19—Silver Key, Personal Essay/Memoir; Silver Key, Critical Essay
Emma Plowe ’19—Silver Key, Poetry; Honorable Mention, Poetry
Belicia Rodriguez ’17—Silver Key, Poetry
Grace Rosenberg ’19—Honorable Mention, Poetry
Amy Rosner ’17—Honorable Mention, Critical Essay
Michelle Rowicki ’16—2 Gold Keys, Poetry; Silver Key, Personal Essay/Memoir; Silver Key, Poetry; Honorable Mention, Poetry
Amina Sadural ’18—Honorable Mention, Poetry
Daniel Schwartz ’18—Honorable Mention, Poetry
Kenneth Yan ’19—Honorable Mention, Poetry
Angie Zhang ’18—Honorable Mention, Poetry

Of our 26 student writers, three were also awarded national medals:

Nasrin Lin ’16—Silver Medal, Critical Essay, “Nietzsche is Dead, and so Am I”
Addie Model ’17—Silver Medal, Flash Fiction, “Blood Diamonds”
Kenneth Yan ’19—Gold Medal, Poetry, “Chicken”

While Kenneth and all gold medalists were invited to receive their awards during the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards National Ceremony at Carnegie Hall on June 2, all three of D-E’s national medalists were invited to display their work at the Art.Write. Now.2016 National Exhibition, held at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons School of Design at The New School and Pratt Institute’s Pratt Manhattan Gallery from June 2 to 12.


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