Two dozen Harker student writers were honored in this year’s Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the awards have existed since 1923. Prominent past winners include Andy Warhol, Langston Hughes, Judy Blume and Wangechi Mutu.
Twenty-three Harker upper school students and one middle school student were honored this year. Arushee Bhoja, grade 9, received a Gold Key award in the flash fiction category, and a Silver Key and honorable mention in poetry. Sophomore Emily Chen received two Gold Keys in poetry and a Silver Key in short story. In personal essay/memoir, junior Alexis Gauba earned an honorable mention. Senior Kaity Gee won two Gold Keys in flash fiction, as well as one in poetry and one in writing portfolio. She also received a Silver Key and eight honorable mentions in poetry.
Jordan Goheen, grade 11, received an honorable mention for poetry, while fellow junior Joyce Huang hauled in a Gold Key and a Silver Key in the critical essay category and an honorable mention in personal essay/memoir. Junior Angela Kim’s pair of entries in the personal essay/memoir category earned her a Silver Key and an honorable mention.
Junior Sarisha Kurup earned three Gold Keys – two in short story and one in poetry – and three Silver Keys in the same categories. Kurup was also awarded five honorable mentions for poetry. Junior Chen Yu Li’s “The Dance Room” won her an honorable mention in personal essay/memoir, and Erin Liu, grade 9, received a Gold Key in the same category for her work, titled “In Our Hands.”
Rajiv Movva, grade 10, received an honorable mention for his critical essay “On Cancer Research,” and junior Jordan Murtiff won a Gold Key in personal essay/memoir. In poetry, Evani Radiya-Dixit, grade 11, was awarded two honorable mentions for her pieces “Gunshot” and “The Mirror.” Andrew Rule, also a junior, submitted four short stories to the contest, which earned him two Gold Keys, a Silver Key and an honorable mention. “Gravity” a personal essay/memoir earned senior Samali Sahoo a Silver Key, while junior Vedaad Shakib’s “A Constructive Use of Time” was awarded a Silver Key in the same category.
Five of senior Elisabeth Siegel’s poems were winners in the contest, earning her a Gold Key, a Silver Key and three honorable mentions. Her short story, “Clean,” also won a Silver Key. Sophomore Sahana Srinivasan received an honorable mention for “The Stages of Reading a Book” in the personal essay/memoir category. Three of junior Meilan Steimle’s entries in personal essay/memoir received Gold Key awards, while her flash fiction piece, “Postcards,” won her a Silver Key. Steimle also earned honorable mentions in flash fiction, personal essay/memoir and short story.
Maya Valluru, grade 11, was awarded a Silver Key and an honorable mention in poetry, as well as an honorable mention in flash fiction, and Eleanor Xiao, grade 10, received two Silver Keys for her entries in personal essay/memoir. Freshman Alexander Young received an honorable mention in critical essay, and Tiffany Zhu, grade 11, earned two honorable mentions for dramatic script and flash fiction.
At the middle school level, eighth grader Cynthia Chen received an honorable mention for her poem, “Reflections.”
Congratulation to these tremendous talents!