Student Writers Earn Regional Scholastic Writing Awards

A number of Ellis student writers were recently celebrated for their participation in the regional Scholastic Writing Awards. Recognized for their critical essays, poetry, personal essays, journalism, science fiction, and fantasy, 28 Ellis students representing grades 8–12 won a total of 37 awards, including 5 Gold Keys, 17 Silver Keys, and 15 Honorable Mentions. 
“Participation in the Scholastic Writing Awards allows Ellis students the opportunity to see themselves as part of a larger writing community,” remarked Dr. Anna Redcay, English Department Chair, “and the accolades they earn reinforce the quality of the work they are doing in their classes and personal writing practices. I am particularly impressed at both the number of genres our students are tackling and the breadth of their subject matter. These compositions show them applying the literary critical skills they've learned in class to the issues of importance to them in their own lives.”

Ellis’ Gold Key winners will move on to the national contest in March, including senior Katie Koeppl, who won a Gold Key for her writing portfolio. An excerpt of Katie’s portfolio will be published on the Pittsburgh Scholastic Writing Awards website


Sarah Ali
Class of 2023
Honorable Mention
Critical Essay
The Lies of Consumerism
Hannah
Anderson-Brownlee
Class of 2022
Silver Key
Critical Essay
The Failure of the Mental Healthcare System
Eleanor Barth Wu
Class of 2022
Silver Key
Personal Essay/Memoir
Young, Catholic, and Hungry
Grace Boyer
Class of 2023
Silver Key
Critical Essay
Public Humiliation and Preserving the Self
Grace Braham
Class of 2022
Silver Key
Personal Essay/Memoir
The Power of Resilience
Moira Connell
Class of 2022
Honorable Mention
Journalism
David L. Lawrence: Transforming the Smoky City into a Modern Metropolis
Moira Connell
Class of 2022
Gold Key
Personal Essay/Memoir
Navigating My Multiracial Identity: Cultural Crossroads and Bridges
Ellie Gaddess
Class of 2023
Silver Key
Journalism
Intergenerational Wealth Mobilization: a Green Light for “Ash-Grey Men” and Black Americans
Annelise Hammer
Class of 2022
Honorable Mention
Personal Essay/Memoir
Don't Look Far
Esty Henteleff
Class of 2023
Honorable Mention
Critical Essay
The Façade of the Wealthy in America
Abby Hummert
Class of 2023
Honorable Mention
Critical Essay
From Novels to Netflix: The Glamorization of Dysfunctional Relationships
Athena Iverson
Class of 2023
Silver Key
Poetry
Walking through an Empty House
Athena Iverson
Class of 2023
Honorable Mention
Critical Essay
The American Dream is Dwindling
Hadley Kalson
Class of 2022
Silver Key
Personal Essay/Memoir
Dyslexia Dis-lex-see-a d?s'lekse?
LS Kaminski
Class of 2022
Silver Key
Critical Essay
Antagonist, Foil, and Chisel: The Character That Breaks (Down) The Inferno (and Linden Hills)
Katherine Koeppl
Class of 2022
Silver Key
Poetry
Red Mittens
Katherine Koeppl
Class of 2022
Silver Key
Critical Essay
Exploring the “Black Best Friend” Trope: How Three Netflix Original Romcoms Portray a Cinematic Racial Stereotype
Katherine Koeppl
Class of 2022
Honorable Mention
Critical Essay
How Homegoing Reflects the Ever-Changing Identity
Katherine Koeppl
Class of 2022
Silver Key
Science Fiction/Fantasy
Fauns and Angels
Katherine Koeppl
Class of 2022
Gold Key
Science Fiction/Fantasy
Between Earth and Shattered Stone
Katherine Koeppl
Class of 2022
Gold Key
Writing Portfolio
The Fluidity of Freedom: Celebrating My Writing From the Pandemic
Georgia Lampenfeld
Class of 2022
Silver Key
Critical Essay
The Socially Acceptable Sexualization of Adolescent Girls
Sabrina Lateef
Class of 2023
Honorable Mention
Critical Essay
The Rich Get Richer and The Poor Get Poorer: Amazon’s Tyranny Over Small Businesses
Kaelin Lokar
Class of 2023
Honorable Mention
Critical Essay
We're Living in a Material World
Daphne Macedonia
Class of 2026
Gold Key
Poetry
Am I Next?
Sofia Mancing
Class of 2023
Honorable Mention
Critical Essay
The Healing Properties of Public Shaming
Meghan McNabb
Class of 2022
Silver Key
Personal Essay/Memoir
Being Autistic: My Identity, My Purpose
Meghan McNabb
Class of 2022
Silver Key
Personal Essay/Memoir
Dear 13-Year-Old Me
Hannah Pretter
Class of 2023
Honorable Mention
Critical Essay
Can Money Buy Happiness?
Rebekah Rapp
Class of 2024
Honorable Mention
Critical Essay
Chapter 18
Serena Sharan
Class of 2023
Silver Key
Personal Essay/Memoir
Next Up on The Racetrack... Sexism in Formula 1
Ella Sokulski
Class of 2023
Honorable Mention
Critical Essay
Why Marriages are Destined to Fail, Leaving you Feeling Worse Than Ever
Lucia Soluri
Class of 2023
Silver Key
Critical Essay
What Money Can't Buy
Lucia Soluri
Class of 2023
Gold Key
Critical Essay
Public Shaming, Private Remorse, and the Potential for Redemption in The Scarlet Letter
Elinor Waldron
Class of 2023
Honorable Mention
Critical Essay
Pennsylvania, Look at Your Ash-Heap
Parisha Wilojanapa
Class of 2023
Honorable Mention
Critical Essay
The Tenacity of Hester Prynne to Overcome Public Shaming
Chapin Wilson
Class of 2022
Silver Key
Critical Essay
The Greater Impact of Abortion Regulation and the Effect of Graphic Imagery
Sara Woodside
Class of 2024
Silver Key
Personal Essay/Memoir
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, and My Personal Reading Journey
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