21 WT Students Recognized in the 2021 Pittsburgh Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

21 WT Students Recognized in the 2021 Pittsburgh Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

WT students received a combined 35 awards in the 2021 Pittsburgh Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

21 students received 30 awards, including eight gold keys and 10 silver keys, across five different categories in the 2021 Pittsburgh Regional Scholastic Writing Awards. Senior Elizabeth Stenson's piece "Tart" was also an American Voices Nominee.

Two students received 5 awards, including two gold keys and one silver key, in the 2021 Pittsburgh Regional Scholastic Art Awards. (Samples of their work are below.)

Congratulations to the following Awardees:

Pittsburgh Regional Scholastic Writing Awards

Class of 2024

Rho Bloom-Wang

  • Gold Key, Poetry, "Cobalt Memories"
  • Honorable Mention, Science Fiction & Fantasy, "Partway Gone"

Ella Thomas

  • Gold Key, Short Story, "Hell in Hells Canyon"
  • Gold Key, Short Story, "Traumatic Brain Injury"

Class of 2023

Thomas Gordon

  • Silver Key, Personal Essay & Memoir, "A taxi ride: family, memories, and identity"

Cyd Kennard

  • Silver Key, Personal Essay & Memoir, "When Running Up a Hill"
  • Silver Key, Poetry, "Either Gold or Weeds"

Phillip Leong

  • Honorable Mention, Poetry, "Stuck in the Mud"

Jordan Poller-Prince

  • Honorable Mention, Poetry, "A collection of poems"

Alexander Sayette

  • Silver Key, Poetry, "Homebound: Songs of a Wayward Year"

Rohan Sykora

  • Honorable Mention, Poetry, "Generation C"
  • Silver Key, Personal Essay & Memoir, "Extended 16c"

Ben Winslow

  • Silver Key, Short Story, "The First Winter"

Helen Zhang

  • Silver Key, Poetry, "Sunset"

Class of 2022

Hannah Chang

  • Honorable Mention, Personal Essay & Memoir, "Why Winter is my Favorite Season: An Exploration on Joy, Sorrow, and Wisdom"

Luke Lamitina

  • Silver Key, Poetry, "The Troubles of the Troubles"

Kate McAllister

  • Honorable Mention, Personal Essay & Memoir, "The Language of People"

Mitra Nourbakhsh

  • Honorable Mention, Critical Essay, "The Fate of Journalism"
  • Silver Key, Short Story, "The Choice"

Mackenna Roberts

  • Gold Key, Science Fiction & Fantasy, "The Legend of Boglek"

Julia Stern

  • Silver Key, Personal Essay & Memoir, "On Being Anonymous"
  • Gold Key, Critical Essay, "The Horror of the Misogynistic Auteur"

Class of 2021

Laura Childs

  • Gold Key, Personal Essay & Memoir, "In Favor of Snail Mail"

Jingqi Li

  • Honorable Mention, Personal Essay & Memoir, "Les Demoiselles D'Avignon and The Toilet"

Lila Spiro

  • Honorable Mention, Poetry, "Ghosts"

Elizabeth Stenson

  • Gold Key*, Poetry, "Tart"
  • Gold Key, Personal Essay & Memoir, "Blessed With Seeing a Great Deal"
  • Honorable Mention, Personal Essay & Memoir, "God's Word as My Appetizer"
  • Honorable Mention, Poetry, "Piece for Bob"

Joel Williams

  • Honorable Mention, Poetry, "Four Person Sidewalk"
     

* American Voices Nominee

Pittsburgh Regional Scholastic Art Awards

Class of 2023

Alexander Sayette

  • Honorable Mention, "Good Luck and Godspeed"

Class of 2022

Hannah Chang

  • Gold Key, "escapism"
  • Gold Key, "Fishbowl"
  • Silver Key, "Paradise"
  • Honorable Mention, "ascending"
     

Pieces honored with Gold Key awards will be entered into a competition to compete for national awards.

Due to COVID-19, in-person regional ceremonies are canceled. The regional art awardees will be honored at the Pittsburgh Region Art Virtual Awards Ceremony on March 4, and the Pittsburgh Region Writing Awards hosts are planning for an alternative event to honor their regional winners.

Congratulations to all!


Founded in 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the nation's longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens.

The Western Pennsylvania Writing Project, is a non-profit, teacher-centered, professional development program serving area schools and students since 1982, hosted by the University of Pittsburgh's School of Education, a long-standing affiliate of the National Writing Project, and host for the Pittsburgh Region of the Scholastic Writing Awards.