Students Win Gold Keys in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

The Scholastic Arts & Writing Awards celebrate the development of a personal voice and technical skill through art or literature, according to the the contest website, Participants whose work best embodies these characteristics are awarded several distinctions within each category in their region, with the highest being the Gold Key.

This past week, several students were awarded the Gold Key award in the Massachusetts Writing Region. Andie Pinga ’19 was also one of five students in the state of Massachusetts nominated for the American Voices & Visions Award, the highest overall regional honor awarded during the competition.

Emma Brown ’19: “For Kids Who Hide,” Personal Essay & Memoir

[‘For Kids Who Hide’] is all based on experiences with abuse. I detailed in the piece: ‘You’ve got to figure out what times of day are for hiding, and which for apologies.’ I know very much [from] my own experiences how it is to be scared and live in that place. And through my years of dealing with PTSD, I found that something that’s really important to me is to write, because that helps me put the narrative back into a more workable place. I feel that in giving a voice to those who perhaps don’t have that ability, I can finally use my life for something other than fear.

Katherine Wang ’21: “Straightify,” Personal Essay & Memoir

I wrote about my experiences being a queer person here at Andover, and how that changes when I’m home and how I deal with the conflict between being home with my family versus being here. I was telling my friends and my house counselor that I have to ‘straightify’ my room for Family Weekend, and so I was telling my English teacher about this and he was like, ‘You have to write a paper about that.’

Sophia Hlavaty ’21: “I Watched the Death of Titans,” Personal Essay & Memoir

My piece was inspired by an English prompt by my teacher, [Patrick] Rielly, [Instructor in English]. He wanted us to write about our hometown. I expanded on that prompt [and I] more focused on family ties, and so [the piece] ‘I Watched the Death of Titans’ is a reminder, in a sense, of the deadly fragility of human power and I wanted, throughout the piece, to question what true power is and where true power lies ultimately in family dynamics.

Gayatri Rajan ’22: “Attention Brokers: Advertisements and Privacy,” Critical Essay; “Unraveling My Family’s Generational Passion”

My [critical essay was] about how targeted ads use your data. [I wrote it] because I’m really into computer science, so it was really interesting to research that. My [memoir], ‘Unraveling My Family’s Generational Passion,’ is about how women in three generations of my family have crocheted, how I learned how to crochet, and how I taught my grandmother to crochet.

William Leggat ’20: “Ghost Bike,” Short Story

I had this piece, ‘Ghost Bike,’ that I’d written for my final last term. I thought that I’d submit it, along with a couple other pieces, and see where the chips fell. Plot-wise, it’s about a recovering alcoholic who relapses and hits someone with his car, but I think the core of the piece, and what a lot of my work deals with, is the ways in which we choose to work through our past — we can face it and take the pain, or we can run from it and turn that pain on others.

Hannah Kim ’20: “The Sound of Water,” Poetry

I decided to participate just because I thought it was a great opportunity and wanted to try it out. One of my poems was ‘The Sound of Water.’ That one was based on a memory of my childhood. For both of the poems [I submitted], they both had a lot to do with my identity, for example, my identity as an Asian American.

Andie Pinga ’19: “Hiding From Statues,” Personal Essay & Memoir

[‘Hiding From Statues’] was an essay that I wrote about my relationship with religion and how, coming from a Filipino family, it played a really big part of our everyday lives. [It discusses] how religion was so ingrained in my family life, but also my own relationship [with religion] and its ideas, morals, and ideals. It was me trying to connect the two and navigate that territory.