Scholastic Writing Awards – Pittsburgh Region 2015

Thank you to the many young writers in the Pittsburgh region who submitted work to the 2015 Scholastic Writing Awards competition.  Thank you also to the many inspiring teachers who support youth writing. Youth writing is thriving in Allegheny County!

Please visit this page for information on the results of the National competition. A special mention goes out to Ms. Alexis Payne, our local National Gold Medalist, and to Ms. Maia Rosenfeld, our local National Silver Medalist.

 

The following students have received American Voice Award nominations:

Swata Alagar 10 Home School Choice Words Critical Essay
Madeleine Davison 11 Home School Hemlock Short Story
Elsa Eckenrode 10 Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 A Creative and Performing Arts Magnet Untitled Poetry
Abbie Minard 11 Shady Side Academy Senior School A Broken Vase: Nationalism in the Austrian Empire Critical Essay
Alexis Payne 12 Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 A Creative and Performing Arts Magnet “Strange Fruit” “Las Fresas” “Mother, the gardner” “Evolution of Woman” and “Insomnia” Poetry

 

Gold Key

 

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

Poetry, Grades 9-10

Irina Bucur 10 Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 A Creative and Performing Arts Magnet To the Pisces
Elsa Eckenrode 10 Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 A Creative and Performing Arts Magnet Untitled
Arwen Kozak 10 Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 A Creative and Performing Arts Magnet An Enumeration
Chelsea Lewis 9 Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 A Creative and Performing Arts Magnet Drudgery, 10 Ways of Looking at a Watch, The Perfect Girl
Suvir Mirchandani 10 Fox Chapel Area Senior High School Passage
Ciara Sing 9 Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 A Creative and Performing Arts Magnet For All Those…, Winged Creatures, plain white tee, Dear Lord Please Forgive Me, Disease


Poetry, Grades 11-12

Anne Amundson 12 Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 A Creative and Performing Arts Magnet Bedtime Stories for the Forgotten
Maya Best 11 Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 A Creative and Performing Arts Magnet Dinner with Magritte
Kate Busatto 11 Sewickley Academy The Astronomy Club (Big Dippers); Notes on Inexperience; A Lightning Bug for My San Francisco Friend
Kate Busatto 11 Sewickley Academy The City and her Circus; Chicago, Quiet Illinois; Rest; Com Panis
Taylor Fife 12 Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 A Creative and Performing Arts Magnet Born Again
Carrie Mannino 11 Winchester Thurston School December, Veins
Carrie Mannino 11 Winchester Thurston School I Wonder What They’d Say, Mélodies, I Want My Ken Doll
Katherine McElhany 12 West Allegheny Senior High School Broken Record
Abbie Minard 11 Shady Side Academy Senior School Little Cowboys
Abbie Minard 11 Shady Side Academy Senior School Work Week
Deborah Monti 12 Allderdice High School Chicken Still on the Bones
Alexis Payne 12 Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 A Creative and Performing Arts Magnet “Strange Fruit” “Las Fresas” “Mother, the gardner” “Evolution of Woman” and “Insomnia”
Maia Rosenfeld 12 Winchester Thurston School Her Hands
Maia Rosenfeld 12 Winchester Thurston School In My Shadow
Maia Rosenfeld 12 Winchester Thurston School Red Hot Cinnamon Love
Maia Rosenfeld 12 Winchester Thurston School Snapchat Summer


Short Story, Grades 7-8

Lauren Bell 8 St. Sebastian Devil’s Night
Eva Boeglin 7 Winchester Thurston School Facade
Matthew Gauntner 8 Saint Sebastian Live History
Brianna Rios 8 St. Sebastian Extraordinarily Average


Short Story, Grades 9-10

Indra Alagar 9 Home School Explosion!
Ruthanne Pilarski 10 Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 A Creative and Performing Arts Magnet Two O’Clock Train
Anastasia Shabalov 10 North Allegheny IHS In Loving Memory of Liz and James St. Clair
Amanda Talbot 10 Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 A Creative and Performing Arts Magnet Safety in Trees
Emily Weiss 9 Shady Side Academy Senior School Natalia, Natalia


Short Story, Grades 11-12

Madeleine Davison 11 Home School Hemlock
Abigail Kuchek 11 Highlands Senior High School Love In All Its Forms
Abigail Kuchek 11 Highlands Senior High School The Business of Existence
Abbie Minard 11 Shady Side Academy Senior School Elvis Has (Already) Left the Building

Humor, Grades 9-12

Anastasia Shabalov 10 North Allegheny IHS The Democratic Apocalypse


Dramatic Script, Grades 9-12

Abbie Minard 11 Shady Side Academy Senior School A Moderate Revolution


Critical Essay, Grades 9-12

Swata Alagar 10 Home School Choice Words
Abbie Minard 11 Shady Side Academy Senior School A Broken Vase: Nationalism in the Austrian Empire
Suvir Mirchandani 10 Fox Chapel Area Senior High School Living Words
Molly Zunski 11 North Allegheny Senior High School Sleep Deprivation vs. High School Graduation


Flash Fiction, Grades 9-12

Anne Amundson 12 Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 A Creative and Performing Arts Magnet Things Abby Explained to Me During Sunday School Hours
Caldwell Holden 10 Shady Side Academy Senior School The Slaver’s Children
Alexis Payne 12 Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 A Creative and Performing Arts Magnet Gully Boy
Alexis Payne 12 Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 A Creative and Performing Arts Magnet Sinning
Alexis Payne 12 Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 A Creative and Performing Arts Magnet Subjects and Predicates


Science Fiction/Fantasy, Grades 9-12

Carrie Mannino 11 Winchester Thurston School The Choice
Julia Maruca 10 North Allegheny IHS What Happened at the Poet’s House


Personal Essay/Memoir, Grades 7-8

Rebecca Rust 8 The Ellis School The Game that Changed my Life


Personal Essay/Memoir, Grades 9-12

Julia Lynch 11 Fox Chapel Area Senior High School Do You Remember?
Alexis Payne 12 Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 A Creative and Performing Arts Magnet Being Human
Shannon Piranian 12 North Allegheny Senior High School The Storm Warning
Kayla Romanelli 11 North Allegheny Senior High School Monsters
Maia Rosenfeld 12 Winchester Thurston School An Uncontrolled Experiment


Senior Writing Portfolios

Alexis Payne 12 Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 A Creative and Performing Arts Magnet three fifths
Maia Rosenfeld 12 Winchester Thurston School Growing Pains
Maia Rosenfeld 12 Winchester Thurston School Matrix

SilverKey

The following students are awarded Silver Keys:

Poetry, Grades 9-10

Ryan Andrews 9 Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 A Creative and Performing Arts Magnet Ignore Her, Turning World, Storm Cloud, Shielding, Flowing
Aditi Chattopadhyay 10 Upper St. Clair High School Wait
Anushka Shah 10 North Allegheny IHS Clear
Mehrnaz Tiv 10 North Allegheny IHS Age: Unknown
Mehrnaz Tiv 10 North Allegheny IHS Loner’s Lament
Emily Watters 10 Quaker Valley High School 13 Ways of Looking at “I’m Sorry”
Emily Watters 10 Quaker Valley High School Weather Imagery
Emily Watters 10 Quaker Valley High School Answers to Questions I Didn’t Want to be Asked


Poetry, Grades 11-12

Madeline Colker 12 Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 A Creative and Performing Arts Magnet Draw What You See
Natalia Conte 12 North Allegheny Senior High School The Travesty of Expectations
Nicholas DeLeone 12 Mars Area Senior High School Fireflying
Taylor Fife 12 Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 A Creative and Performing Arts Magnet Candied
Lily Formosa 12 Cornell Senior High School Wet Apocalypse
Margaret Hilton 12 Gateway Senior High School Falling
Jayne Juffe 11 Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 A Creative and Performing Arts Magnet Psychedelia
Zeynep Marasli 11 North Allegheny Senior High School 16 Things I Learned in My 16 Years of Life
Zain Mehdi 11 North Allegheny Senior High School Predators
Noah Miller 12 North Allegheny Senior High School Capitalist Stars, My Favorite Color, Spring’s Bud
Abbie Minard 11 Shady Side Academy Senior School Every Pixel in Your Eyes: A Villanelle
Abbie Minard 11 Shady Side Academy Senior School Prostrate: A Sestina
Abbie Minard 11 Shady Side Academy Senior School These Songs Parasitic
Abbie Minard 11 Shady Side Academy Senior School Universal
Abbie Minard 11 Shady Side Academy Senior School Fever Chills
Isaac Monroe 11 Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 A Creative and Performing Arts Magnet This Poem Is Only About Work
Isaac Monroe 11 Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 A Creative and Performing Arts Magnet Smart
Shannon Piranian 12 North Allegheny Senior High School Elegies to Promethius
Shannon Piranian 12 North Allegheny Senior High School Star-Crossed
Maia Rosenfeld 12 Winchester Thurston School Sketches of Summer
Maia Rosenfeld 12 Winchester Thurston School Livin’ the Chai Life
Maia Rosenfeld 12 Winchester Thurston School Dreamy
Maia Rosenfeld 12 Winchester Thurston School To the One Who Cries over Burnt Toast
Maura Sanguigni 11 North Allegheny Senior High School Today
Monica Shope 11 Pine-Richland High School Mourning Coffee
Elena Xiong 11 Shady Side Academy Senior School Reflections


Short Story, Grades 7-8

Mary Doerfler 8 Saint Sebastian Peril by Piano
Anne Kilpatrick 8 St. Sebastian The Island
Dana Schaich 8 St. Sebastian The Magic Amulet


Short Story, Grades 9-10

Margaret Edgecombe 9 Fox Chapel Area Senior High School A Journey of Truth
Tanay Kumta 10 Shady Side Academy Senior School Epiphany
Cassandra McKernan 10 Mars Area Senior High School Without a Sound
Rachel McKernan 10 Mars Area Senior High School Soldier’s War
Mahima Reddy 10 Upper St. Clair High School The Tragedy of Ms. Waters


Short Story, Grades 11-12

Gabrielle Etzel 11 Home School Jazz Music
Abigail Kuchek 11 Highlands Senior High School Green and Grey
Abigail Kuchek 11 Highlands Senior High School The Dog Behind the Diamonds
Zain Mehdi 11 North Allegheny Senior High School Tree Stump
Maia Rosenfeld 12 Winchester Thurston School A Different Kind of Hot


Humor, Grades 9-12

Maia Rosenfeld 12 Winchester Thurston School How to Submit a College Application: The 12-Step Program


Dramatic Script, Grades 9-12

Taylor Fife 12 Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 A Creative and Performing Arts Magnet Perfect Timing
Alexis Payne 12 Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 A Creative and Performing Arts Magnet The Code


Critical Essay, Grades 7-8

Emily Mullen 7 St. Mary’s School Raise the Driving Age to Eighteen


Critical Essay, Grades 9-12

Tanay Kumta 10 Shady Side Academy Senior School Partition – A Preferred Pathway to Present Day India
Abbie Minard 11 Shady Side Academy Senior School Does Objective Morality Exist?
Abbie Minard 11 Shady Side Academy Senior School What is Life?  An Exploration through James Joyce’s “Eveline”
Abbie Minard 11 Shady Side Academy Senior School The Paradox of Perfection: A Study of Altruism through a Knight of the Round Table
Emma Paulini 10 Fox Chapel Area Senior High School His Legacy
Keegan Phillips 11 North Allegheny Senior High School Handcuffed by Homework


Flash Fiction, Grades 9-12

Maya Best 11 Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 A Creative and Performing Arts Magnet Watermelon
Maya Best 11 Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 A Creative and Performing Arts Magnet Orange Juice
Kate Busatto 11 Sewickley Academy Among the Stars
Victoria Cheng 10 Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 A Creative and Performing Arts Magnet Bittersweet
Abigail Kuchek 11 Highlands Senior High School First Lonely Drive
Isaac Monroe 11 Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 A Creative and Performing Arts Magnet Father
Isaac Monroe 11 Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 A Creative and Performing Arts Magnet What To Do If It Is Springtime in Braddock and There is A Dead Boy On the Old Overland Bridge and The Birds are Chirping and the Neighborhood Kids Play Pandora’s Box
Mahima Reddy 10 Upper St. Clair High School Walking on Broken Glass
Anastasia Shabalov 10 North Allegheny IHS A Dark and Stormy Night
Monica Shope 11 Pine-Richland High School Paper Planes
Serena Zets 9 Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 A Creative and Performing Arts Magnet Grit of Thought


Science Fiction/Fantasy, Grades 9-12

Erin Graham 11 Upper St. Clair High School An Arm and a Leg
Morgan McKinney 11 Seton-La Salle Catholic High School The Sherwood Fae


Personal Essay/Memoir, Grades 7-8

Louise Finnstrom 8 Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 A Creative and Performing Arts Magnet Hare Krishna


Personal Essay/Memoir, Grades 9-12

Aisha Azhar 11 North Allegheny Senior High School Fight for Survival
Madeleine Chesek-Welch 9 Fox Chapel Area Senior High School Drinking Coffee and Overthinking
Veronica Coleman 9 Sewickley Academy A Warrior’s Gaze
Margaret Edgecombe 9 Fox Chapel Area Senior High School I Would Still Remember
Julia Lynch 11 Fox Chapel Area Senior High School Blue Love
Olivia McHugh 12 North Allegheny Senior High School Visit
Alexis Payne 12 Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 A Creative and Performing Arts Magnet Clash
Drew Praskovich 12 Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 A Creative and Performing Arts Magnet God = Gas
Justin Schmithorst 12 Fox Chapel Area Senior High School Eyes and Experiences
Ben Smith 12 Fox Chapel Area Senior High School A History With Girls


Senior Writing Portfolios

Alexis Payne 12 Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 A Creative and Performing Arts Magnet Blackbird
Drew Praskovich 12 Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 A Creative and Performing Arts Magnet Boy
April Yoder 12 Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 A Creative and Performing Arts Magnet Girlhood

Honorable Mention

The following students are awarded Honorable Mention:

Poetry, Grades 7-8

Madeline Bain 8 Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 A Creative and Performing Arts Magnet Maniaphobia
Ilana Hollifield 8 Falk Laboratory School Winter Warmth
Ilana Hollifield 8 Falk Laboratory School The Signs of a Storm
Lauren Jasper 8 The Ellis School A Montage
Max Minard 7 Shady Side Academy Middle School The Button
Max Minard 7 Shady Side Academy Middle School It Ran
Katarina Mondor 8 Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 A Creative and Performing Arts Magnet Pensive


Poetry, Grades 9-10

Rajan Alagar 9 Home School Sands Of Sumer
Emma Burnett 9 The Ellis School A Bird, a Cat, and the People
Margaret Edgecombe 9 Fox Chapel Area Senior High School The Rose
Rachel Gorby 10 Fox Chapel Area Senior High School Before I die
Jacob Klein 9 Fox Chapel Area Senior High School One Step
Sophia Maltese 10 St. Joseph High School Full Life
Emma Paulini 10 Fox Chapel Area Senior High School Ebony Envisage
Hazel Rouse 9 Barack Obama Academy of International Studies October
Mehrnaz Tiv 10 North Allegheny IHS Borderless Globes
Mehrnaz Tiv 10 North Allegheny IHS Dark Darkness
Ian Tracey 10 Fox Chapel Area Senior High School The Night Wander’r
Ian Tracey 10 Fox Chapel Area Senior High School Ode To Moles
Ian Tracey 10 Fox Chapel Area Senior High School The Hunt


Poetry, Grades 11-12

Maya Best 11 Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 A Creative and Performing Arts Magnet Spring
Madeline Colker 12 Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 A Creative and Performing Arts Magnet Landmine
Laura Condon 11 Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 A Creative and Performing Arts Magnet Facts of Life
Natalia Conte 12 North Allegheny Senior High School (Not) Love
Natalia Conte 12 North Allegheny Senior High School The Wishes of a Stream
Natalia Conte 12 North Allegheny Senior High School Scuffed Mary Janes
Sydney Durant 11 Mars Area Senior High School Fire as An Omen
Samantha Eppinger 11 Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 A Creative and Performing Arts Magnet Blue Gum Shoes, Curran O’Neill
Margaret Hilton 12 Gateway Senior High School Questions for the Future
Margaret Hilton 12 Gateway Senior High School Withered Roses
Carrie Mannino 11 Winchester Thurston School White Noise, Hook Me Up
Zeynep Marasli 11 North Allegheny Senior High School Love
Zeynep Marasli 11 North Allegheny Senior High School Home
Zain Mehdi 11 North Allegheny Senior High School I Came Here Everyday
Zain Mehdi 11 North Allegheny Senior High School War
Abbie Minard 11 Shady Side Academy Senior School Library Mirage
Abbie Minard 11 Shady Side Academy Senior School Tributary Fingers; On Being
Abbie Minard 11 Shady Side Academy Senior School The Do-It-Yourself Love Poem
Maia Rosenfeld 12 Winchester Thurston School Good Vibes
Maia Rosenfeld 12 Winchester Thurston School Insanity
Maia Rosenfeld 12 Winchester Thurston School Freckles
Maia Rosenfeld 12 Winchester Thurston School Things I’ve Learned
Maia Rosenfeld 12 Winchester Thurston School Going Somewhere
Jessica Serody 11 North Allegheny Senior High School Worries on Our Wedding Day
Monica Shope 11 Pine-Richland High School The Ocean
Monica Shope 11 Pine-Richland High School I Will Always Remember
Molly Taylor 11 Cornell Senior High School Room 116
Elena Xiong 11 Shady Side Academy Senior School Nature poems


Short Story, Grades 7-8

Jack Catanzarite 8 St. Sebastian All Eyes on Charlie
Jackson Moore 8 St. Edmunds Academy Time-emiT
Liam Oberst 8 St. Sebastian Identity Theft
Cassie Thomas 8 Trafford Middle School The Sun will always Set


Short Story, Grades 9-10

Dante Caliguiri 10 Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 A Creative and Performing Arts Magnet Quite The Pickle
Caldwell Holden 10 Shady Side Academy Senior School The Black Mask
Mahima Reddy 10 Upper St. Clair High School The Beetle and the Math Homework
Hazel Rouse 9 Barack Obama Academy of International Studies Carry On


Short Story, Grades 11-12

Zain Mehdi 11 North Allegheny Senior High School Not Normal
Ben Nadler 11 Upper St. Clair High School For Eva
sarah parker 12 Barack Obama Academy of International Studies The Treasure in Sin
Katharyne Reitsma 11 Trinity Christian School The Burden
Victor Schmithorst 11 Fox Chapel Area Senior High School Someone Compatible


Humor, Grades 9-12

Alexander Brotsker 9 Fox Chapel Area Senior High School Name Pending
Maia Rosenfeld 12 Winchester Thurston School To the Lady in Seat 36B on Flight #1429 to Munich


Dramatic Script, Grades 9-12

Ahmir Allen 11 Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 A Creative and Performing Arts Magnet Dinner & The Family & Everything In Between
Amanda Ebner 10 Pine-Richland High School Eighth Grade Political Parties
Drew Praskovich 12 Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 A Creative and Performing Arts Magnet Empathy

 

Journalism, Grades 9-12

Chelsea Carver 9 Sewickley Academy Sleep Deprivation in Teens is No Laughing Matter


Critical Essay, Grades 9-12

Chip Dougherty 11 North Allegheny Senior High School Mandatory School Sports


Flash Fiction, Grades 7-8

Eva Boeglin 7 Winchester Thurston School #5062389


Flash Fiction, Grades 9-12

Ahmir Allen 11 Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 A Creative and Performing Arts Magnet In The Morning
Madeline Colker 12 Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 A Creative and Performing Arts Magnet Child Vanished While Playing in Snow
Amanda Ebner 10 Pine-Richland High School Download Upload Girl
Samantha Eppinger 11 Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 A Creative and Performing Arts Magnet Ants
Caldwell Holden 10 Shady Side Academy Senior School Ready or Not
Ben Nadler 11 Upper St. Clair High School The Other Tower
Alexis Payne 12 Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 A Creative and Performing Arts Magnet Potpourri
Anastasia Shabalov 10 North Allegheny IHS Ordinary Wednesdays


Science Fiction/Fantasy, Grades 7-8

Jackson Moore 8 St. Edmunds Academy Silence Silence


Science Fiction/Fantasy, Grades 9-12

Ben Smith 12 Fox Chapel Area Senior High School The Embers of Autumn


Personal Essay/Memoir, Grades 7-8

Tess Buchanan 8 Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 A Creative and Performing Arts Magnet Bird Cages
Zoe Magley 8 Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 A Creative and Performing Arts Magnet Twins
Emily Mullen 7 St. Mary’s School Stop the Silence


Personal Essay/Memoir, Grades 9-12

Krishnan Alagar 9 Home School Biking The Gap
Ella Choban 12 North Allegheny Senior High School Finding Myself
Caldwell Holden 10 Shady Side Academy Senior School Dairy Queen
Caldwell Holden 10 Shady Side Academy Senior School Geeks Like Us
Zain Mehdi 11 North Allegheny Senior High School Attacked by Witches
Zain Mehdi 11 North Allegheny Senior High School Sweating at a Board Game?
Zain Mehdi 11 North Allegheny Senior High School May the Cook be Ever in your Favor
Shannon Piranian 12 North Allegheny Senior High School A Letter to Mr. Melville
Drew Praskovich 12 Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 A Creative and Performing Arts Magnet Balloon Belly
Drew Praskovich 12 Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 A Creative and Performing Arts Magnet Barney and Bam Bam
Drew Praskovich 12 Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 A Creative and Performing Arts Magnet 😉
Hazel Rouse 9 Barack Obama Academy of International Studies We are the Depressed and Anxious
rachel wawrzynski 9 Mars Area Senior High School Let Go, But Never Forget
Lanie Wester 11 Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 A Creative and Performing Arts Magnet Newbie


Senior Writing Portfolios

Anne Amundson 12 Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 A Creative and Performing Arts Magnet I Am a Parenthesis
Kenzie Bruce 12 Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 A Creative and Performing Arts Magnet Learning About Life
Shannon Piranian 12 North Allegheny Senior High School Persephone