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Schools Notebook: Local students win state-level awards for writing, arts; college honors pour in

by | Feb 23, 2022 | Education

Hopkinton High School students captured 31 state-level awards in the 2022 Scholastic Writing Awards competition.

Senior Kevin Gu led the way with 10 awards, including an American Voices Nominee, an honor bestowed on the top five writing submissions in the state, for his poem titled “georgia, atlanta [ululation].”

Gu received a gold key award for three poems, a silver key for two poems, and honorable mention for two other poems as well as a writing portfolio.

Other students recognized included freshman Daniel Applebaum (silver key for poetry), senior Mary Billeter (gold key for flash fiction and honorable mention for short story), freshman Evan Fitzpatrick (honorable mention for critical essay), junior Owen Fitzpatrick (honorable mention for poetry), junior Brian Gu (honorable mention for short story), junior Shelby Jones (honorable mention for poetry), junior Maggie Joyce (silver key for short story), junior Ishita Khurana (gold key and silver key for critical essays), senior Korbin Alexei Munn (gold key for personal essay and memoir), freshman Anoushka Nair (silver key and honorable mention for personal essay and memoirs), junior Mathias Niss (silver key for poetry), senior Jenny Rock (honorable mention for critical essay), junior Olivia Stacey (honorable mentions for poetry and personal essay and memoir), senior Afnaan Syed (honorable mention for critical essay), sophomore YeonSeo Yoo (gold key for poetry) and senior Grace Young (honorable mention for short story and silver key for flash fiction).

Hopkinton students also had success in the Scholastic Art Awards competition, earning 29 awards.

Senior Cindy Yang won four gold keys: two for drawing and illustration, one for art portfolio and one for digital art. Yang also won a silver key for art portfolio and an honorable mention for drawing and illustration.

Other local winners included sophomore Sarah Durand (gold key for digital art), senior Connor Grady (gold key for architecture and industrial design, and honorable mention for drawing and illustration), seventh-grader Penelope Dallmeyer (gold key for design), senior Kevin Gu (silver key for mixed media), senior Shayna Hanson (silver key for photography), senior Korbin Alexei Munn (silver key for painting, and honorable mention for comic art), freshman Rabiya Quadri (silver key for photography), seventh-grader Kathryn Anderson (silver key for design), eighth-grader Ali Boyer (silver key for photography), eighth-grader Clifford Kazanjian (silver key for drawing and illustration), sophomore Eva Bennet (honorable mention for mixed media), junior Daniel D’Alleva (honorable mention for digital art), junior Owen Fitzpatrick (honorable mention for sculpture), sophomore Kyra Levenson (honorable mention for digital art), junior Avery Ravech (honorable mention for for design), sophomore Isabella Resteghini (honorable mention for architecture and industrial design), junior Zoe Shaffer (honorable mention for digital art), freshman Maeve Swab (honorable mention for digital art), senior Parth Tare (honorable mention for drawing and illustration), eighth-grader Jianing Huang (honorable mention for drawing and illustration) and seventh-grader Kenley Siva (honorable mention for design).

Gold key-winning submissions from both competitions are being reviewed for national medal consideration, with winners to be announced March 23, and will be shared at the Massachusetts Scholastic Art and Writing Awards regional online exhibition.

HHS magazine best in nation

The Hopkinton High School literary magazine Marginal was named the Most Outstanding High School Literary Magazine for 2021 by the American Scholastic Press Association. Six high school magazines across the country were recognized, with Marginal earning the top spot for schools with 1,000-1,700 students. …

The Hopkinton High School Art Department Honors Exhibition is underway at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts. Public viewing lasts until March 6, and a closing reception will be held March 3 from 6-7 p.m. Artists featured include Kevin Gu, Deeksha Vaidyanathan, Brooke Best, Korbin Munn, Annalise Curl, Connor Grady, Josh Blangeard, An-wen Huang, Avery Ravech and Sofia Luce. …

HHS sophomore Eva Bennet was runner-up and junior Shelby Jones advanced to the semifinals in the recent Poetry Outloud competition. …

Five students were selected to represent HHS at the Massachusetts Music Educators Association 68th All-State Music Festival on March 5 at Symphony Hall in Boston: Jordyn Ahlstrom-Hall, Abigail Baskin, Luciano Duca, Carolina Ozmun and Hana Ruran. …

The HHS Science Fair is scheduled for Tuesday, March 1. On Wednesday, March 2, from 2:30-3 p.m., there will be a celebration and the awarding of prizes. (Editor’s note: This has been updated to reflect a change in the date for the awards presentation.)

Robotics teams shine

Hopkinton High School robotics Team 2602B won the Design Award at the VEX Robotics Tipping Point Tournament in Framingham on Feb. 5 and advanced to next month’s Southern New England regional championship.

HHS hosted a VEX Robotics and REC Foundation event in late January, and three Hopkinton teams earned awards. Team 2602H won the Excellence Award, Team 2602A was the Skills Champion and Team 2602K won the Judges Award.

Local collegians honored

The University of New Hampshire’s fall dean’s list includes a number of Hopkinton residents. Jessica Mellor, Eliza Westbury, Isabella Houley, Ivy Gogolin and Mollie Mahoney received highest honors. Helen Aghababian, Alexandra Lee, Lia Brossi, Elizabeth Liberta, Gregory Schaefer and Samuel Lozeau earned high honors. Adara Groman, Jenna Willwerth, Peter Mitchell, Galen Graham and Jonathan Goldberg were recognized with honors. …

Casey McClean was named to the dean’s list at the University of Hartford. …

Alex Barker-Hook was named to the dean’s list at Ithaca College. …

At Tufts University, senior Robyn Auslander, junior John Youssef, sophomore Grace Ye and freshman Sasha Fomin were named to the dean’s list. …

Bobby McGuire, Elizabeth DeSimone and Molly Doherty were among those named to the dean’s list at Providence College. …

Mia Carboni was named to the dean’s list at the College of William & Mary. …

At the University of Tampa, Kelsey Breslin, who is majoring in musical theatre, and Allison Rossillo, who is majoring in finance, earned dean’s list honors. …

Owen Bradley (majoring in business management), Lucy Hassler (liberal studies/education), Emma Murphy (liberal studies/education), Katherine O’Connor (communication), Selia Potas (studio art) and Jack Sloan (marketing) were named to the dean’s list at Endicott College. …

Emilee Trudeau was named to the dean’s list at Framingham State University. …

At Bryant University, senior Ted Torres and sophomores Dennis Field and Jacqueline Zeigler were named to the dean’s list. …

Megan Canfield earned a spot on the dean’s list at Emmanuel College. …

Alex Kovacs was named to the dean’s list at Bates College. …

Emmaline Kent was named to the dean’s list at Husson University. …

At Merrimack College, Natalie Calkins, a junior who is majoring in health science, was named to the president’s list. Gabriel Lopez, a junior majoring in criminal justice with a minor in pre-law, was named to the dean’s list as well as the The National Society of Leadership and Success. Katelyn Distasio was named to the dean’s list. …

At Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Ryan Hawkins, a junior majoring in mechanical engineering, Patrick Mejia, a junior majoring in computer science, Aabid Peermohammed, a freshman majoring in mechanical engineering, Alopa Waje, a freshman majoring in biomedical engineering, and Oliver Yasuna, a freshman majoring in computer science, were named to the dean’s list.

Also at WPI, all undergraduates are required to complete a research-driven, professional-level project that applies science and technology to addresses an important societal need or issue. This past fall, Mejia completed a project titled “Expanding Business and Crafting Partnerships,” while junior Alexander Guerra competed a project titled “Restoration of Panama’s Juan Diaz River Watershed.”

Editor’s note: Information for college honors is provided by the schools. Those interested in being included in this section should forward the official notification or request for the school to email it to editor@hopkintonindependent.com.

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