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SSA Students Win 71 Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards logoA total of 39 Shady Side Academy students in grades 8-12 won 71 awards in the 2021 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards regional competition, including 31 art awards and 40 writing awards. The winners included 19 eighth graders from SSA Middle School and 20 students at SSA Senior School. Twelve students (pictured below) won Gold Keys for 16 works to advance to the national competition. One student, junior Marnie McCormick, won awards in both art and writing.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is the nation's longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens. Teens in grades 7-12 can apply in 28 categories of art and writing, and submissions are judged regionally and nationally by panels of creative industry experts. The 2021 national medalists will be announced March 17.

Benjamin BischoffMaanya GoulatiaMark Henne
Ava JankowskiAva KronmanMarnie McCormick
Yuntong PanMelissa RigginsJordan Roupe
Vita YangAnker ZhaoQingqing Zhao
Twelve Shady Side students won 31 awards in the Pittsburgh Arts Region: 8 Gold Keys, 9 Silver Keys and 14 Honorable Mentions.

Gold Key art winners were: freshman Benjamin Bischoff in Drawing & Illustration for Last Breath; junior Marnie McCormick in Ceramics & Glass for two works, Molten Bowl and A Bowl Made for Lemons; freshman Yuntong Pan in Painting for Rest; senior Melissa Riggins in Ceramics & Glass for Waterfall; and senior Xinru "Vita" Yang in Drawing & Illustration for three works: two self-portraits and Umbrella.

Twenty-eight Shady Side students won 40 awards in the Pittsburgh Writing Region: 8 Gold Keys, 16 Silver Keys and 16 Honorable Mentions.

Gold Key writing winners were: eighth grader Maanya Goulatia in Personal Essay & Memoir for Far Far Away #2; eighth grader Mark Henne in Personal Essay & Memoir for A Pot of Forgiveness; eighth grader Ava Jankowski in Personal Essay & Memoir for The Phantom Menace; junior Ava Kronman in Poetry for The Slaughter of Democracy's Children: Acrostic Poems; junior Marnie McCormick in Journalism for Is a Hot Dog a Sandwich?; eighth grader Jordan Roupe in Personal Essay & Memoir for There Goes Harvard; junior Anker Zhao in Journalism for Intellectual Diversity: A Framework for the Future; and senior Qingqing Zhao in Critical Essay for Should the Constitution of 1787 be Ratified? A Native American Perspective.

Shady Side Academy 2021 Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Award Winners

ART

  • Anna Apetrei-Pandrea, grade 8: Silver Key, Sculpture, Straight Out of the Box; Honorable Mention, Mixed Media, Aftermath
  • Benjamin Bischoff, grade 9: Gold Key in Drawing & Illustration, Last Breath
  • Sophia Jho, grade 9: Silver Key, Editorial Cartoon, Xenophobia
  • Yuntong Pan, grade 9: 1 Gold Key, Painting, Rest
  • Maria Schwendeman, grade 10: Silver Key, Drawing & Illustration, Self; Silver Key, Drawing & Illustration, Hope Grows; Honorable Mention, Drawing & Illustration, Brilliance; Honorable Mention, Painting, Natural Beauty; Honorable Mention, Drawing & Illustration, Grandchildren; Honorable Mention, Mixed Media, Autumn; Honorable Mention, Drawing & Illustration, Human Nature; Honorable Mention, Drawing & Illustration, Terri Nunn
  • Shiqi "Larry" Wang, grade 10: Silver Key, Harvest Day; Honorable Mention, Robotic girl on fire; Honorable Mention, Plum-Blossom Tea Caddy
  • Inyaa Ashok, grade 11: Honorable Mention in Digital Art, stare
  • Marnie McCormick, grade 11: Gold Key, Ceramics & Glass, Molten Bowl; Gold Key, Ceramics & Glass, A Bowl Made for Lemons; Honorable Mention, Ceramics & Glass, Winter Forest; Honorable Mention, Jewelry, Lightning Bolt Ring Set; Honorable Mention, Jewelry, Snake Ring
  • Xinran "Nancy" Wang, grade 11: Silver Key, Painting, La Boca; Honorable Mention, Painting, Life
  • Zhuoxin Ma, grade 12: Silver Key, Photography, exit...?
  • Melissa Riggins, grade 12: Gold Key, Ceramics & Glass, Waterfall; Silver Key, Ceramics & Glass, Vivid Swirled Glass; Silver Key, Ceramics & Glass, Midnight Hypnosis
  • Xinru "Vita" Yang, grade 12: Gold Key, Drawing & Illustration, self-portrait 1; Gold Key, Drawing & Illustration, self-portrait 2; Gold Key, Drawing & Illustration, umbrella

WRITING

  • Cameron Capel, grade 8: Silver Key, Personal Essay & Memoir, The Butterfly Garden
  • Jasper Chapman, grade 8: Honorable Mention, Personal Essay & Memoir, Perseverance and a Fair Wind
  • Sophia Gombos, grade 8: Silver Key, Personal Essay & Memoir, The Ice Cream Incident
  • Maanya Goulatia, grade 8: Gold Key, Personal Essay & Memoir, Far Far Away #2
  • Abigail Hathaway, grade 8: Honorable Mention, Personal Essay & Memoir, The Perfect Prancing Pony
  • Mark Henne, grade 8: Gold Key, Personal Essay & Memoir, A Pot of Forgiveness
  • Jonas Hong, grade 8: Silver Key, Personal Essay & Memoir, Cold Rain, Cold Eyes
  • Ethan Hou, grade 8: Silver Key, Personal Essay & Memoir, Everything is Fine
  • Anya Jain, grade 8: Honorable Mention, Personal Essay & Memoir, The Cocoa Comfort
  • Ava Jankowski, grade 8: Gold Key, Personal Essay & Memoir, The Phantom Menace
  • Audrey Jiang, grade 8: Honorable Mention, Short Story, The King's Pawn
  • Reese Martens, grade 8: Silver Key, Personal Essay & Memoir, The Little Things
  • Jordan Roupe, grade 8: Gold Key, Personal Essay & Memoir, There Goes Harvard
  • Trey Schachter, grade 8; Honorable Mention, Personal Essay & Memoir, Personal Essay and Memoir
  • Dylan Sun, grade 8: Honorable Mention, Personal Essay & Memoir, Warm Hugs
  • Ava Terezis, grade 8: Silver Key, Personal Essay & Memoir, Love and Choices–My Memoir
  • Amy Xing, grade 8: Honorable Mention, Personal Essay & Memoir, Hard Work Always Wins
  • Kexin "Sunny" Zhao, grade 8: Silver Key, Personal Essay & Memoir, Last Words
  • Leo Rickard, grade 9: Silver Key, Humor, Writing Tips from a Less-Than-Helpful Author
  • Hari Viswanathan, grade 9: Honorable Mention, Personal Essay & Memoir, What I Couldn't See
  • Andrew Zeng, grade 9; Silver Key, Journalism, The Medical Waste Problem
  • Ava Kronman, grade 11: Gold Key, Poetry, The Slaughter of Democracy's Children: Acrostic Poems; Silver Key, Poetry, The Girl in the Mirror; Honorable Mention, Poetry, Blush
  • Emma Lammert, grade 11: Silver Key, Personal Essay, Unknown Variables
  • Marnie McCormick, grade 11: Gold Key, Journalism, Is a Hot Dog a Sandwich?
  • Melody Yuan, grade 11: Silver Key, Personal Essay & Memoir, The Bridge; Honorable Mention, Poetry, Maybe
  • Anker Zhao, grade 11: Gold Key, Journalism, Intellectual Diversity: A Framework for the Future; Silver Key, Critical Essay, GDP: Accurate or Harmful?; Honorable Mention, Critical Essay, The Banking Concepts of Education; Honorable Mention, Journalism, Health Care in the US; Honorable Mention, Journalism, The Electoral College; Honorable Mention, Journalism, French Revolution's Failure to Uphold Its Values for Rights; Honorable Mention, Short Story, Money Cannot Buy Happiness; Silver Key, Journalism, The After-Affects of the Scramble for Africa; Honorable Mention, Journalism, The Story Behind the Story
  • Paige Shea, grade 12: Silver Key, Short Story, Wallflower; Silver Key, Flash Fiction, Pieces of Her
  • Qingqing Zhao, grade 12: Gold Key, Critical Essay, Should the Constitution of 1787 be Ratified? A Native American Perspective

Congratulations to all 39 students, and good luck to our 13 Gold Key winners in the national awards competition!

View some of the award-winning student artwork:


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