Students Recognized with Scholastic Writing Awards

Thirty-six Ellis students have been recognized with regional Scholastic Writing Awards, winning 44 different awards in the Personal Essay & Memoir, Critical Essay, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Short Story, Journalism, and Poetry categories. Every year, students in grades 8 to 12 are encouraged to submit their work to the awards which are the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious arts and writing recognition program. In March, Ellis’ seven Gold Key winners will be considered for national award recognitions.
“The works of this year’s award recipients showcase the diversity of our students’ interests and reading, as well as faculty’s efforts to provide varied writing opportunities,” shared Dr. Anna Redcay, English Department Chair. “Ellis writers are performing meaningful interrogations of both literature and the world from which it arises; they are also crafting works that call on deep personal reflection and creativity. In a year that has posed unprecedented challenges for us all, it is uplifting to see our student authors recognized for the resilience they are bringing to their critical inquiry and creative endeavors.”
 
For almost 100 years, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have fostered the creativity and talent of millions of students through recognition, exhibitions, publications and scholarships. Alumni of the Scholastic Awards have gone on to continue their education at many of the top colleges and universities across the country. Since its founding, the Awards program has identified the early promise of some of our nation’s most exceptional visionaries, including alumni such as Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Philip Pearlstein, Sylvia Plath and John Updike, all of whom won when they were teens.


Sarah Ali
Class of 2023
Honorable Mention
Personal Essay & Memoir
My Connection with Jane Bennet: The Optimistic Bennet Sister
Cassidy Burns
Class of 2023
Honorable Mention
Personal Essay & Memoir
The Effect of First Impressions
Kiera Harrell-Danks
Class of 2021
Honorable Mention
Personal Essay & Memoir
How Do You Accept a Change to Your Identity When it’s All You Have Ever Known
Athena Iverson
Class of 2023
Honorable Mention
Personal Essay & Memoir
In Defense of Mr. Bennet
Ella Sokulski
Class of 2023
Honorable Mention
Personal Essay & Memoir
The Summer Before
Elinor Waldron
Class of 2023
Honorable Mention
Personal Essay & Memoir
The Jane’s Eye View
Grace Coffelt
Class of 2021
Silver Key
Personal Essay & Memoir
Stage Manager
Ellie Gaddess
Class of 2023
Silver Key
Personal Essay & Memoir
Marriage and How it is Integrated into Society and My Life
Grayson Honig
Class of 2023
Silver Key
Personal Essay & Memoir
Together with Time
Kaelin Lokar
Class of 2023
Silver Key
Personal Essay & Memoir
Judgement and Self Discovery
Sabrina Lateef
Class of 2023
Gold Key
Personal Essay & Memoir
Understanding My Own Relationships Through Elizabeth Bennet’s Eyes
Hannah Pretter
Class of 2023
Gold Key
Personal Essay & Memoir
My Journey Towards Confidence
Eleanor Barth Wu
Class of 2022
Honorable Mention
Critical Essay
280 Characters of Impassioned Gibberish
Grace Braham
Class of 2023
Honorable Mention
Critical Essay
The Great Gatsby Op-Ed
Moira Connell
Class of 2022
Honorable Mention
Critical Essay
American Identities: The Nuances of Immigration and Assimilation
Kris LS Kaminski
Class of 2022
Honorable Mention
Critical Essay
Women and The Great Gatsby Today
Kaelin Lokar
Class of 2023
Honorable Mention
Critical Essay
A Student’s Perspective of COVID-19 Through the Use of Icons with Graphic Weight and Emanata
Ada Perlman
Class of 2022
Honorable Mention
Critical Essay
Shame to Acceptance: Letting go of Puritan Ideals through Uncultivated Nature
Sreethi Ramineni
Class of 2023
Honorable Mention
Critical Essay
Hindu Nationalism Doesn’t Sleep
Erika Rispoli
Class of 2022
Honorable Mention
Critical Essay
Impostor Syndrome and Women in the Workplace
Talia Rosen
Class of 2022
Honorable Mention
Critical Essay
An Equal American Experience For All?: A Look at Lisa Ko’s Novel, The Leavers
Trinity Sims
Class of 2023
Honorable Mention
Critical Essay
Identifying my Pride through Mr. Darcy
Andreina Taylor
Class of 2022
Honorable Mention
Critical Essay
The American Dream in The Great Gatsby
Hannah Anderson-Brownlee
Class of 2022
Silver Key
Critical Essay
Nostalgia in American Politics
Rowan Cain
Class of 2023
Silver Key
Critical Essay
Crack is Wack: Accessible Anti-Drug
Moira Connell
Class of 2022
Silver Key
Critical Essay
Criticism of Gender Norms in the Works of Austen, Ibsen, and Wollstonecraft
Moira Connell
Class of 2022
Silver Key
Critical Essay
Precursory Feminism in The Scarlet Letter
Abby Fagersten
Class of 2023
Silver Key
Critical Essay
Urban Purgatory
Hunter Kloss
Class of 2021
Silver Key
Critical Essay
Princesses and Witches and Heroes Oh My!: the Strength of Women in Oz
Ada Perlman
Class of 2022
Silver Key
Critical Essay
Elitism in the Great Gatsby and its Modern Implications
Avery Stein
Class of 2023
Silver Key
Critical Essay
A Simple Request
Kris LS Kaminski
Class of 2022
Gold Key
Critical Essay
Shrek the Musical: A Failed Adaptation That Gets More Wrong Than It Gets Right
Katherine Koeppl
Class of 2022
Gold Key
Critical Essay
How Homegoing Reflects the Ever- Changing American Identity
Amelia Reines
Class of 2023
Gold Key
Critical Essay
Story of A Childhood: Epiphany
Parisha Wilojanapa
Class of 2023
Gold Key
Critical Essay
How COVID-19 Reasserted My Identity as an Asian
Chapin Wilson
Class of 2022
Gold Key
Critical Essay
The Great Gatsby and the Disenchanted Working Class
Eleanor Barth Wu
Class of 2022
Honorable Mention
Science Fiction & Fantasy
The Meek shall Inherit
Stephanie Somlo
Class of 2022
Honorable Mention
Science Fiction & Fantasy
404 Not Found
Mia Cirilano
Class of 2022
Silver Key
Short Story
Swarms
Erika Rispoli
Class of 2022
Silver Key
Short Story
Boiling Over
Georgia Lampenfeld
Class of 2022
Honorable Mention
Journalism
The Gap and Gatsby
Alanna Steals
Class of 2021
Honorable Mention
Poetry
When I think of George Floyd While Protesting
Alanna Steals
Class of 2021
Honorable Mention
Poetry
Forgetting or Dead
Claudia McElhattan
Class of 2022
Silver Key
Poetry
Hand Me Down
Back