Two Bronxville High School students have won regional recognition for their writing through the prestigious Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Presented by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, the awards program identifies students with exceptional artistic and literary talents.
Sophomore Rachel Billings and junior Sara Conway were recognized for their work, which stood out among entries from thousands of students nationwide. Billings was awarded the Silver Key for her short story, “Broken Fences Heal People.” Conway submitted two short stories, yielding an honorable mention for “Tense” and the highest award, the Gold Key, for “The Broken (In Two Parts).”
“Sara’s analytical writing is beautiful and inspired,” English teacher Jennifer Rosenzweig said about Conway, who is enrolled in her AP Language and Composition class. “I have used her work as a model for other students, as she is both insightful and eloquent.”
Billings has competed in writing contests since the eighth grade and last year won the Gold Key in the regional Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.
“She told me she likes writing about ordinary situations where something unusual happens,” her English teacher, Victor Maxwell, said.
Across the nation, tens of thousands of student submissions are judged each year. In 2016, a total of 1,880 works were submitted by young writers from nine counties: Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Orange, Ulster and Dutchess in New York, and Fairfield, Litchfield and New Haven in Connecticut. Of those, 158 were awarded Gold Key Medals, 239 were awarded Silver Key Medals and 366 received honorable mention.
“The Broken (In Two Parts)” is currently being considered for national recognition in the state of New York. National medalists will be announced on March 14.