OUTSTANDING SCHOLASTIC WRITING AWARDS

By Isabella Newman (Richmond)

At then end of January, scholastic sent out the regional results for 2019. This year, the school was competing in a different region but that didn’t stop the dragons from submitting and cashing out. Students from all grades and majors submitted their work in December and waited patiently for results. As always, Appomattox Regional Governor’s School students swept the doc receiving gold and silver keys galore, and several honorable mentions. All pieces receiving a gold key are headed to New York to be judged in the national competition. Ms. Giewont made a huge push for freshmen to submit their work, and six of the 9th grade submitters got recognized.

Two Dragons, Anisa Isaac (Prince George) and Isabella Newman (Richmond), were nominated for the American Voice award, meaning they placed as one of the top five works submitted in the region. “I was surprised, because I thought you had to nominate yourself. But I’m glad to be nominated–not to be cocky but I feel my pieces deserved it. It’s getting the recognition it deserves. It [the collection of poems] starts a really good conversation about race,” said senior Anisa on this year’s nomination for the American Voices award. Yasmeen Jaaber, for her piece, “After School Routine” was awarded Visual Art Center of Richmond Artistic Merit Award. This award comes with a free class at the Vis Arts Center.

Congrats to the 2019 literary arts award recipients:
Amina Adeyola 9 Honorable Mention Humor
Adachi Amaram 10 Gold Key Poetry
Adachi Amaram 10 Honorable Mention Poetry
Adachi Amaram 10 Gold Key Poetry
Alayna Asim 10 Silver Key Poetry
Caleb Collins 12 Silver Key Portfolio
Lauren Cook 9 Honorable Mention Personal Essay/Memoir
Rory Dickinson 10 Gold Key Poetry
Hannah Dobrick 12 Honorable Mention Flash Fiction
Hannah Dobrick 12 Silver Key Flash Fiction
Hannah Dobrick 12 Honorable Mention Science Fiction/Fantasy
Hannah Dobrick 12 Gold Key Personal Essay/Memoir
Hannah Dobrick 12 Silver Key Portfolio
Greyson Fisher 9 Honorable Mention Personal Essay/Memoir
Ally Gravgaard 12 Honorable Mention Portfolio
Ally Gravgaard 12 Silver Key Personal Essay/Memoir
Ally Gravgaard 12 Gold Key Personal Essay/Memoir
Ally Gravgaard 12 Honorable Mention Personal Essay/Memoir
Mel Gross 11 Silver Key Poetry
Anna Homer 12 Gold Key Individual and Portfolio Poetry
Anisa Isaac 12 Gold Key, American Voices Nominee Poetry
Anisa Isaac 12 Silver Key Individual and Portfolio Poetry
Anisa Isaac 12 Silver Key Individual and Portfolio Poetry
Anisa Isaac 12 Silver Key Individual and Portfolio Poetry
Anisa Isaac 12 Silver Key Portfolio
Yasmeen Jaaber 10 Gold Key Personal Essay/Memoir
Liam Mayer 12 Honorable Mention Personal Essay/Memoir
Liam Mayer 12 Honorable Mention Personal Essay/Memoir
Emily Nation 9 Honorable Mention Poetry
Isabella Newman 11 Gold Key, American Voices Nominee Personal Essay/Memoir
Isabella Newman 11 Honorable Mention Poetry
Isabella Newman 11 Honorable Mention Poetry
Isabella Newman 11 Silver Key Poetry
Maria Payton 11 Honorable Mention Poetry
Maria Payton 11 Honorable Mention Flash Fiction
Maria Payton 11 Silver Key Short Story
Rachel Robinson 12 Silver Key Individual and Portfolio Poetry
Rachel Robinson 12 Honorable Mention Portfolio
Rachel Robinson 12 Honorable Mention Flash Fiction
Rachel Robinson 12 Honorable Mention Flash Fiction
Rachel Robinson 12 Gold Key Individual and Portfolio Poetry
Tyra Rose-Fields 12 Honorable Mention Portfolio
Tyra Rose-Fields 12 Honorable Mention Individual and Portfolio Poetry
Tyra Rose-Fields 12 Honorable Mention Individual and Portfolio Poetry
Tyra Rose-Fields 12 Honorable Mention Individual and Portfolio Humor
Hayley Simms 12 Honorable Mention Individual and Portfolio Poetry
Hayley Simms 12 Honorable Mention Portfolio
Hayley Simms 12 Honorable Mention Individual and Portfolio Poetry
Ariana Smith 9 Honorable Mention Personal Essay/Memoir
Willow Walton 9 Honorable Mention Personal Essay/Memoir





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