Houston, TX – The Harris County Department of Education announced today that St. Agnes Academy has 17 gold key, silver key, or honorable mention winners in the annual Scholastic Writing Competition. Established by Maurice Robinson, founder of Scholastic Books Inc., it is the largest and most prestigious recognition program and source of scholarships for creative teens in the U.S. Gold Key winners will go on to compete at the national level and include Tatum McNeilfor Science Fiction/Fantasy, Kate Moger for Poetry, and Brittany Wheeler for Short Story.
“That is an outstanding performance from our students,” said English teacher Connie Bitto. “We are so proud of how hard they worked to create these amazing works.”
Silver Key winners included Jenn Bobo (Poetry), Mikaela Casuga (Humor), Christine Dunn (Poetry), Amaryllis Fernandes (Short Story), Kathrine Fetizanan (Portfolio), Daphne Kokkinis (Short Story), Gia Litton (Personal Essay/Memoir), Kat McCollum (Short Story), Lauren McLane (Flash Fiction), Tatum McNeil (Short Story), Clara Moore (Personal Essay/Memoir), and Haylee Rios (Personal Essay/Memoir).
Students receiving Honorable Mention include Rylie Braza (Poetry) and Isabel Sutter (Personal Essay/Memoir).
Entries are judged by panels of highly-qualified professionals. More than 1,500 students receive national awards each year. Past winners include Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford and Joyce Carol Oates.