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Local students take home state writing, arts awards

by | Feb 8, 2023 | Education

Kaylee Steir award winner

“Story Scanner Art,” a digital art composition by Kaylee Steir, was a gold key winner.

Hopkinton High School and Hopkinton Middle School students took home a number of awards in the Scholastic Arts Awards and Scholastic Writing Awards competitions.

On the writing side, HHS students won four gold keys, 11 silver keys and 11 honorable mentions.

Sophomore Jessica Fan received a gold key for poetry and is an American Voices nominee. She also earned a silver key for a personal essay and an honorable mention for a short story.

Junior Amanda Xie and sophomore Pranamya Keshkamat each won a gold key and silver key, both for critical essays, while senior Maggie Joyce won a gold key for poetry.

Other HHS winners included sophomore Anoushka Nair (two silver keys for poetry and an honorable mention for personal essay), freshman May Chen (a silver key and two honorable mentions for poetry), junior Sidhi Dhanda (silver key for journalism), sophomore Cade Sanborn (silver key for science fiction), freshman Chloe Yeo (silver key for personal essay), sophomore Alexander Stephan (silver key for critical essay), sophomore Prapti Kuvadia (honorable mention for personal essay), sophomore Piyusha Majgaonkar (two honorable mentions for poetry), freshman Aneesha Pathangay (honorable mention for flash fiction), junior Prisha Shrivastava (honorable mention for novel writing), freshman Ishita Urs (honorable mention for poetry) and senior senior Anjali Batra (honorable mention for poetry).

Alexa Feldman painting

“Death by Narcissism,” a painting by Alexa Feldman, was a silver key winner.

On the arts side, HHS and HMS students won 23 awards, including two gold keys and nine silver keys.

Winning pieces were selected based on three criteria: originality, technical skill and the emergence of personal voice or vision.

Sophomore Kaylee Steir won a gold key for digital art, while seventh-grader Annabelle Liu took home a gold key for drawing/illustration.

Other local winners included sophomore Sean Baker (two silver keys for photography and an honorable mention for digital art), freshman Jianing Huang (two silver keys for drawing/illustration), eighth-grader Emerald Xiao (two silver keys for painting), senior Alexa Feldman (silver key for painting), junior Lunar Ottinger (silver key for photography), seventh-grader Nikita Saini (silver key for design), sophomore Annaleigh Crantz (honorable mention for ceramics/glass), sophomore Juliet Findlen (honorable mention for sculpture), senior G Lambert (honorable mention for mixed media), senior Alia Ohira (honorable mention for ceramics/glass), senior Charlotte Parrow (honorable mention for digital art), sophomore Rabiya Quadri (honorable mention for photography), sophomore Michaela Reilly (honorable mention for photography), senior Michaela Scannevin (honorable mention for painting), sophomore Izael Thomas (honorable mention for drawing/illustration), eighth-grader Caroline Kelly (honorable mention for design) and seventh-grader Katherine Kelly (honorable mention for design).

Gold key award-winning artwork and gold and silver writing pieces will be exhibited at Breed Memorial Hall on the campus of Tufts University from March 18-26, with an awards ceremony March 18. Gold key work also is being reviewed at the national level by panels of creative professionals. National medalists selected by these panelists will be announced March 22.