Scholastic Writing Awards – Pittsburgh Region 2014

Thank you to the many young writers in the Pittsburgh region who submitted work to the 2014 Scholastic Writing Awards competition.  Thank you also to the many inspiring teachers who support youth writing. Youth writing is thriving in Allegheny County!

 

The following “Gold Key” winners will advance to the National Scholastic Writing Awards competition in New York.

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Personal Essay/Memoir, Grades 7-8

Indra Alagar, “Braids And Toothpaste” (Homeschool, Grade 8)

Poetry, Grade 7-8

Weston Custer, “Thoughts On Kandinsky’s Improvisation 35” (Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12, Grade 8)

Suhail Gharaibeh, “Retrospect” (Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12, Grade 8)

Will Thayer, “Hysteria, Empty Eyes” (Pittsburgh CAPA, Grade 8)

Short Story, Grades 7-8

Samuel Tebbs, “Abandoned” (St. Sebastian, Grade 8)

Short Story, Grades 9-10

Laura Condon, “Got Run Over By A Crappy Purple Sion” (Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12, Grade 10)

Hannah Geisler, “Never Odd Or Even” (Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12, Grade 10)

Natalia Hajlasz, “Regret” (Allderdice High School, Grade 9)

Emily Schwager, “Andrew” (Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12, Grade 10)

Claire Zalla, “Polonius Laboratories” (Upper St. Clair High School, Grade 9)

Personal Essay/Memoir, Grades 9-12

Shakeria Carter, “Looks Can Be Deceiving” (Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12, Grade 12)

Zakiyyah Madyun, “Islamabad,” “Try to Remember Not to Forget” (Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12, Grade 12)

Suvir Mirchandani, “The Colors Of Silence” (Fox Chapel Area High School, Grade 9)

Alexis Payne, “God Help The Children” (Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12, Grade 11)

Bret Anne Serbin, “Mexico and Misconceptions,” “My First Best Friend”

Science Fiction/Fantasy, Grades 9-12

Brittany Creely, “Nocturnal Luminescence” (Carrick High School, Grade 12)

Taylor Fife, “Truth Is Escape” (Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12, Grade 11)

Short Story, Grades 9-10

Abbie Minard, “Vanished”

Short Story, Grades 11-12

Maia Rosenfeld, “Barb’s Sheets” (Winchester Thurston School, Grade 11)

Bret Anne Serbin, “A Letter to Congressman Keith Rothfus,” “An Empty Cup of Coffee,” “Ana’s Shadow”

Flash Fiction, Grades 9-12

Laura Condon, “A Man And His Cat” (Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12, Grade 10)

David Han, “Fruiting Bodies” (Fox Chapel Area High School, Grade 9)

Poetry, Grades 9-10

Victoria Cheng, “13 Ways Of Looking At A Pat Bus, ‘Mystery Of The World’s Most Kissed Woman’” (Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12, Grade 9)

Carrie Mannino, “Chapter,” “Drink Me,” “In the Mirror, High School Physics,” “Melting” (Winchester Thurston School, Grade 10)

Abbie Minard, “Goldfish Eyes: A Pantoum,” “Judge Taylor Of To Kill A Mockingbird: A Shakespearian Sonnet, Scout Of To Kill A Mockingbird: A Shakespearian Sonnet,” “She Wore Yellow”

Suvir Mirchandani, “Sonnet; Will color define me?; Question; Free?; Will I find inspiration, or will it find me?” (Fox Chapel Area High School, Grade 9)

Caylyn Smiley-jones, “13 Ways Of Looking At A Bicycle” (Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12, Grade 9)

Emily Watters, “The Littlest Matryoshka” (Quaker Valley High School, Grade 9)

Poetry, Grades 11-12

Shakeria Carter, “1955,” “It Takes Time,” “Look At Me,” “Straigh Face, Silent Tears Sestina,” “Your Worth” (Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12, Grade 12)

Madeline Colker, “We Caught Enough Fish To Live Off Of” (Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12, Grade 11)

Zakiyyah Madyun, “A Little Help from the Voodoo Queen Never Hurts, Run On” (Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12, Grade 12)

Maia Rosenfeld, “Organic,” “Salmon” (Winchester Thurston School, Grade 11)

Bret Anne Serbin, “Human Nature”

Madeline Smith, “Graveyard Horses:” (Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 Grade 11)

Tori Stone, “Fracturing, Discount, I Don’t Belong, For Sale” (North Allegheny Senior High School, Grade 12)

Dramatic Script, Grades 9-12

Brenna Gallagher, “Promenade” (Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12, Grade 11)

Zakiyyah Madyun, “Going Missing,” “Last Resort” (Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12, Grade 12)

Drew Praskovich, “Dream House” (Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12, Grade 11)

Claire Zalla, “Delia” (Upper St. Clair High School, Grade 9)

Persuasive Writing, Grades 9-12

Abbie Minard, “The Power Of Humans: Humanism’s Influence On Renaissance Society,” “The Roman Republic Blame Game”

Gold Keys For Senior Writing Portfolios

Shakeria Carter, Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12, Grade 12

Zakiyyah Madyun, Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12, Grade 12

Bret Anne Serbin

 

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The following students are awarded Silver Keys:

 Short Story, Grades 7-8

Lebrew Hana 8 A Watchful Gaurdian St. Sebastian
Melchiorre Dominic 8 Pow : The Story Of Dustin Saint Sebastian
Owens Ayden 8 Ringing The Wrong Bell St. Sebastian

Flash Fiction, Grades 7-8

Alagar Indra 8 Sunset Skate Home School
Alagar Rajan 8 Creature From Coney Island Home School

Poetry, Grades 7-8

Baton Maisha 8 Lists Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Kunkel Jessica 8 The Middle Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Magley Zoe 7 Black And White, Twin Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Mondor Katarina 7 Man At The Window Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Sing Ciara 8 Identity Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12

Personal Essay/Memoir, Grades 7-8

Edgecombe Margaret 8 A Runner’s World Dorseyville Middle School

Short Story, Grades 9-10

Britton Jessica 10 Compulsion To Move Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Reddy Mahima 9 Surviving The Gunmetal Skies Upper St. Clair High School
Shimada Naomi 10 The Prince’s Song Shady Side Academy Senior School
Sutton Timothy 9 The Blood That Runs Between These Fields Fox Chapel Area Senior High School

Short Story, Grades 11-12

Babbar Meher 12 Blue Stars Pine-Richland High School
Babbar Meher 12 The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things Pine-Richland High School
Billingsley Ra’naa 11 Ally And Peter Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Payne Alexis 11 Vanilla Fruit Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12

Flash Fiction, Grades 9-12

Dregalla Clara 10 Bellyache Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
El-Dehaibi Mayah 12 Extinguished: The Vilna Ghetto Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Hudson Tyler 12 Untasted Indigo Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Hudson Tyler 12 On To Bigger And Better Things Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
nix anna 12 The Great Flea Epidemic Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Trimbur Anita 12 Winter Arson Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Trimbur Anita 12 Gaia’s Vineyard Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12

Science Fiction/Fantasy, Grades 9-12

Rao Rahul 11 I Don’t Have A Gun North Allegheny Senior High School
Reddy Mahima 9 Evolving A Competition Upper St. Clair High School

Dramatic Script, Grades 9-12

Aikins William 11 For a Town St. Joseph High School
Babbar Meher 12 Rats Pine-Richland High School
Bruce Kenzie 11 The 27 Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Kenney Jazmyne 11 Currents Events Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Trimbur Anita 12 Strategy Game Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12

Personal Essay/Memoir, Grades 9-12

Fan Ryan 12 The Old Man Who Lost His Horse Mt. Lebanon High School
Fan Ryan 12 Misty Mt. Lebanon High School
Minardnix Abbieanna 1012 Reflections On Encountering A SwanThriving N/APittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Zhao Yiyi 12 My Archenemy Fox Chapel Area Senior High School

Humor, Grades 9-12

Babbar Meher 12 Khomeini Claus Pine-Richland High School

Poetry, Grades 9-10

Best Maya 10 9 Ways Of Looking At A Mirror Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Mannino Carrie 10 Can You Hear?, She Winchester Thurston School
MinardMonroe AbbieIsaac 1010 wind of winterMarked At Birth N/APittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Paulini Emma 9 Celestial Beings Fox Chapel Area Senior High School
Paulini Emma 9 What The Son Said Back, A Response Poem To Langston Hughes’s “Mother to Son” Fox Chapel Area Senior High School
Paulini Emma 9 Pure Vitality Fox Chapel Area Senior High School
Savage Eliza 9 You Didn’t The Ellis School
Watters Emily 9 I’m From Me Quaker Valley High School

Poetry, Grades 11-12

Babbar Meher 12 Two O’ Clock With Dr. Bender Pine-Richland High School
Beckford Sean 12 Breathe Shady Side Academy Senior School
Beckford Sean 12 Cold Diamonds Shady Side Academy Senior School
Beckford Sean 12 Broken Shady Side Academy Senior School
Beckford Sean 12 Silent Heroes Shady Side Academy Senior School
Beckford Sean 12 The Brook Shady Side Academy Senior School
Beckford Sean 12 Pittsburgh Shady Side Academy Senior School
Colker Madeline 11 The Juniper Tree, inspired by the Brothers Grimm tale of the same name Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Dundon Abby 12 Gravitate North Allegheny Senior High School
El-Dehaibi Mayah 12 Backcountry Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Fife Taylor 11 Onions, Late Wife Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Hudson Tyler 12 Nocturnal Impasto / Sestina: Birth In The Dawn / Morlock (Winter’s Ghazal) Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Hudson Tyler 12 Dream / Nocturne For Two Loves / Duende For A Cold Month Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
nix anna 12 Riptides, Geode Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Payne Alexis 11 Beggars, Give Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Rosenfeld Maia 11 Pockets, #BeautyQueen Winchester Thurston School
Rosenfeld Maia 11 Thursday Winchester Thurston School
Stone Tori 12 Statues, In Memory, Falling Slowly, In Technicolor, Dancing Stones North Allegheny Senior High School
Trimbur Anita 12 Eyes Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Voelker Anna 12 Die Schuhe, For You Hampton High School
Wang Anna 11 The Birds On This Page, Poison, Child’s Play Fox Chapel Area Senior High School

Silver Keys for Senior Writing Portfolios

Meher Babbar, Pine-Richland High School, Grade 12

Sean Beckford, Shady Side Academy Senior School, Grade 12

Tyler Hudson, Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12, Grade 12

Anna Nix, Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12, Grade 12

Anita Trimbur, Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12, Grade 12

 

 

Honorable Mention

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The following students are awarded Honorable Mention:

Short Story, Grades 7-8

Hammill Madi 8 It Was Me St. Sebastian
Kline Costa Brianna 7 1,000 Pennies in a Jar Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Rombach Maranda 8 Liberated St. Sebastian

 

Poetry, Grades 7-8

Andrews Ryan 8 Don’t Hate The Player, Hate The Game;  Poetry Is Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Bain Madeline 7 Poem 1: A Torture; Poem 2: Herself Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Buchanan Tess 7 Thirteen Ways Of Looking At A Magnolia Tree Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Finnstrom Louise 7 Stitched Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Fuller Zoe 7 Memories Of Me Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Godley-fisher Marina 7 Dock; Silent Street; The Dog, The Child Pittsburgh Gifted Center
Hosken Lillian 7 Chilled Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Hrtiz Jora 7 A Practically Perfect Pancake Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Molin Caroline 8 The War Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12

Personal Essay/Memoir, Grades 7-8

Doerfler Grace 8 A Feathered Fable Saint Sebastian
Lebrew Hana 8 A Fluffy Revelation St. Sebastian
Victoria Isabella 8 Just Two Wheels Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 A

 

Short Story, Grades 9-12

 

Custer Madison 10 400 Grantham Lane, Swallow Hills, Ohio Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Eppinger Samantha 10 On The Street With A Street Light Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Jamison Tyra 10 A Lady Of The Pen Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Kraemer Christopher 10 Rethink That Last Statement Why Don’t Ya’ Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
mehdi zain 10 Victim North Allegheny IHS
Petri Eden 10 Glass Oranges Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Petri Donovan 12 The Year I Left Columbia Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Rosenfeld Maia 11 Destination Unknown Winchester Thurston School
Sandidge Kamryn 12 Missing Puzzle Oakland Catholic High School
Wester Lanie 10 “Sorry,we’re closed” Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12

Flash Fiction, Grades 9-12

Kumta Tanay 9 Mysterious Cry Shady Side Academy Senior School
Lee Sophia 9 The Maestro Fox Chapel Area Senior High School
Mannino Carrie 10 Hello? Winchester Thurston School
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El-Dehaibi Mayah 12 Mars Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Nelson Melissa 12 A Goodbye In Three Parts Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Nelson Melissa 12 Rings Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12

 

Personal Essay/Memoir, Grades 9-12

Aikins William 11 Obsessed: A Memoir and the Tale of the Legendary Mindful Warrior St. Joseph High School
El-Dehaibi Mayah 12 Empathy And Why The Kids Will Never Have It Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Fife Taylor 11 I Am My Mother’s Child Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Kutzer Kenneth 12 A Day In The Life Of My Brother Ryan Pine-Richland High School
Lee Dra-Vaun 12 You Know Better Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Lee Dra-Vaun 12 Burning Thoughts Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Petri Donovan 12 Slivers: Forgotten, Never Lost Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Petri Donovan 12 The Things I Carry Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Sandidge Kamryn 12 Ambassador Of Diversity Oakland Catholic High School
Schwartz Lily 12 Take A Drag And Bum The Weekend Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Schwartz Lily 12 Kk-4174 Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Weber Cole 12 Hateful Territorial Urination On Grinning America Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Zhao Yiyi 12 Life Experiences And Fear Fox Chapel Area Senior High School
Zytnick Alexa 11 A Real Jew Winchester Thurston School

Dramatic Script, Grades 9-12

Lee Dra-Vaun 12 Black Sheep Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
March-Steinman Mollie 11 Love Me Tomorrow Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Nelson Melissa 12 Illegal Means Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Payne Alexis 11 Blind Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Schwartz Lily 12 I Feel Good, How About You? Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Weber Cole 12 Mikey’s Rules Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Yoder April 11 Nesters Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12

Humor, Grades 9-12

Alagar Swata 9 The Old Man Home School
Lee Dra-Vaun 12 How To Write About Teenage Love Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Nelson Melissa 12 How To Write A Piece For School Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12

 

Poetry, Grades 9-10

Adisa Zainab 9 Do You Remember, To Belong in Old Memories, World to Big for Untied Laces, Bethel Park Police Nab Suspected Bank Robber, Old Like the Earth Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Bartnik Alma 10 Cut If Off; Gone; Three Minutes; Patriotism; The People Who Hate Me The Ellis School
Bonner Cavan 9 Repair Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Buchanan Lily 9 Thirteen Ways Of Looking At Jaws;Thoughts;My Real Estate Agent Asked Me to Describe My Neighborhood Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Bucur Irina 9 This is Terra; Thirteen Ways of Looking at You Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Eckenrode Elsa 9 her, human: song of myself, trying to find consonants Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Eppinger Samantha 10 10 Ways Of Looking At A Chair, The Hospice Nurse, Eusociality Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Lee Sophia 10 Echo Of A Serenade North Allegheny IHS
Mannino Carrie 10 23 Pairs Winchester Thurston School
Mannino Carrie 10 Night of the Mind, The Next Breath Winchester Thurston School
mehdi zain 10 Predators North Allegheny IHS
mehdi zain 10 The Elder North Allegheny IHS
mehdi zain 10 Come Back To Ya Mama, Son North Allegheny IHS
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Fox Chapel Area Senior High School

Petri Eden 10 Purple Tents And No Night Lights Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Pilarski Ruthanne 9 13 Ways Of Looking At Algebra, Warrior, Assured That It’s Just Meant To Be Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Savage Eliza 9 Seasonal Affective The Ellis School

Poetry, Grades 11-12

Brickner Charlie 11 For Worms, The Wrinkled Ones, Just Let Me Drive, Puzzled North Allegheny Senior High School
Dundon Abby 12 Kind of Love North Allegheny Senior High School
El-Dehaibi Mayah 12 Backcountry Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
El-Dehaibi Mayah 12 Mother’s Day Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
El-Dehaibi Mayah 12 The Shift Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Ignasky Jessica 11 “Friday In June”, “I Paint My Face Just Like You”, “The Captain”, “Mute” Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Lee Dra-Vaun 12 Social Drugs Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Petri Donovan 12 Anna Asleep 11:03 Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Petri Donovan 12 Footprints Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Rosenfeld Maia 11 To The Girl Who Cannot Spell Privilege Winchester Thurston School
Schwartz Lily 12 Cigarette Soldier Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Schwartz Lily 12 Friday And Then Saturday Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Weber Cole 12 A Fat Kid Sends 12 Short Shirt Letters To John Cena Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Weber Cole 12 God’s Beautiful Composition Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Weber Cole 12 Puncture Into Skin With Animal Teeth Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Wolfe Alexis 12 Bitten, Ruled by Another, My Human Defibrillator West Allegheny Senior High School
Yoder April 11 Der Führer, Only the Children See Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Zhao Yiyi 12 The Little Rubber Ball Fox Chapel Area Senior High School
Zytnick Alexa 11 Family Sized Winchester Thurston School
Zytnick Alexa 11 Scar Gazing Winchester Thurston School

Persuasive Writing

Serold Madeline 9 Wizard101- A World of Wizardy and Adventure Mars Area Senior High School

Science Fiction

Ebner Amanda 9 The Fight To Remain Unfrozen Pine-Richland High School
Ebner Amanda 9 Shades Of Life Pine-Richland High School