Three Student Poets Win Regional Scholastic Writing Awards

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Three Student Poets Win Regional Scholastic Writing Awards
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Three Westover students have received recognition for their poetry from the 2017 Scholastic Writing Awards program on the regional level.


From left: Abby Hodson '17, English instructor Tom Juvan, Isabella Wang '18, Joli Brown '17, and Poetry Program advisor Bruce Coffin (missing from photo English instructor Jo Dexter)

Three Westover Student Poets Win Regional Scholastic Writing Awards

Three Westover students have received recognition for their poetry from the 2017 Scholastic Writing Awards program on the regional level.

Joli Brown '17 has won a Gold Key for her poems "Clouds," "Miranda of Milan," "Answers," and "Warning." Joli's poems will now compete at the national level of the Scholastic Writing Awards. She worked with English instructor Tom Juvan and Poetry Program advisor Bruce Coffin.

Two students, Abby Hodson '17 and Isabella Wang '18, received Honorable Mentions in the competition. Abby's submitted poems were "Running Blind" and "My Mother's Closet;" Isabella's submitted poems were "Wintersweet" and "Under the Bistro's Patio Umbrella." Abby worked with Juvan, while Isabella worked with Juvan, Coffin, and English instructor Jo Dexter.

Over the years, Westover students, who are asked to write and revise lyric poems through all four years of the English curriculum, have been consistently recognized on the state, regional, and national level for their poetry.

The students submitted their writing to the Scholastic Writing Awards competition through the Hudson to Housatonic Region, which encompasses nine counties in southeastern New York and western Connecticut. A total of 1,920 written works were submitted. Five American Voice Nominees were selected as the strongest regional works; 180 Gold Keys were awarded to the most accomplished works; 262 Silver Keys were awarded to distinguished works; and 363 Honorable Mentions were awarded to promising works.

Writopia Lab, a non-profit organization founded in New York City, administers the Hudson to Housatonic Writing Region as an affiliate for the Scholastic Writing Awards, receiving submissions, organizing the adjudication, and presenting an awards ceremony for regional winners.

Selections from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards are published in the National Catalog and The Best Teen Writing, which are distributed to schools and libraries nationwide. Works have also appeared in Scholastic publications including The Best Young Writers & Artists in America (Push), Scope magazine, Junior Scholastic magazine, Scholastic Art magazine, and New York Times Upfront magazine.