Congratulations to juniors Bazil Frueh and Natalie Timmerman for earning regional high marks from the Scholastic Writing Awards.
Bazil earned a Silver Key for his poem “Cabin Fever” and a Gold Key for his poem “The Jungle.”
Natalie earned four Gold Keys with her stories “For Everest,” “Puppy,” “K0K0-MO,” and screenplay excerpt “EVE.” Even more impressive, her “For Everest” short story was one of five nominated for national judging for the American Voices Medal.
In addition, Natalie is invited to the NPR station in Fort Wayne to record a reading of this story. She also received honorable mention honors for her stories titled “Curtain Call” and “A War Between Tourist Traps.”
Bazil and Natalie accounted for 10 percent of all Gold Keys in our region as only 52 submissions earned Gold Keys in total. Our OH students now proceed to national adjudication as their works earning Gold Keys will be judged with all other Gold Key recipients across the United States. Job well-done to both.
At the Regional Awards level, entries are considered for Gold Key, Silver Key, Honorable Mention, American Visions Nominee, and American Voices Nominee Awards.
At the National Awards level, Gold Key entries are automatically considered for national awards, including Gold Medal, Silver Medal with Distinction, Silver Medal, and direct scholarship awards.
Learn more about the awards
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards were founded in 1923 and, for nearly a century, have inspired bold ideas in creative teens throughout the country. The awards are presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. The Alliance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to identify students with exceptional artistic and literary talent and present their remarkable work to the world through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. The Awards give students opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication, and scholarships. Students across America entered nearly 320,000 original works in 2020 in 28 different categories of art and writing.
(Thanks to English teacher Sam Abbott for sharing this news!)