Early in March, Mt. Hebron language arts teacher Sheila Frye and her seventh- and eighth-grade SAIL students learned that 9 Gold Key awards had been won in the Region-at-large division of the annual Scholastic Writing Contest (see March 12 article). As state finalists in the competition, the Mt. Hebron students became eligible for national recognition … and this week, that recognition came.
||Mt. Hebron language arts teacher Sheila Frye. |
Two students, seventh grader Lin Li of House 4 and eighth grader Victoria Riker of House 1, have been named recipients of Silver Awards in the national division of the Scholastic contest. Li and Riker’s essays placed in the top 1% of all submissions nationwide, with just 1,000 students (out of 10,000 total entries) awarded this honor in the U.S.
According to the Scholastic rules of competition, the student writing was judged on “originality, technical proficiency and the emergence of an authentic voice and vision,” Frye said.
Li and Riker will accept their awards along with the other Gold and Silver Award winners in a ceremony at Carnegie Hall on June 5.
Winners are also invited to participate in creative industry workshops the following day, June 6, in New York City. There they will have the opportunity to meet with fellow writers and learn about future career and cultural opportunities in the field of writing.
Upon hearing of the national win, proud teacher Frye exulted, “Go, Li, Victoria and Mt. Hebron!”