A quintet of Sturgeon R-V high school students won the Scholastic Writing Award. the district’s Scholastic Writing Award winners. They are: October Hass, Kate Wilson, Sam Wilson, Sydney Lawson and Kerigan Roth.
The award was established in 1923 and presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. According to its web site, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the “nation’s largest, longest-running, most prestigious visual and literary arts program recognizing creative accomplishments of students in grades 7–12. It is a symbol of excellence that can bolster resumes, college applications, and scholarship applications.” Selected works will be featured in the National Catalog, The Best Teen Writing anthology, and the Art.Write.Now. exhibition program.
Students choose a category and submit pieces online, said their creative writing teacher, SHS’ Jennifer Campbell. “They must have parent permission and a teacher signature. The piece must be a certain length and be free of spelling and grammatical errors. The topic is student selected. The five who won from Sturgeon are all in my Creative Writing class and submitted single poems or a collection of poems during first semester.”
She said their pieces were selected out of over 800 submissions statewide.
“Kate Wilson is a Gold Key winner, which means her collection has been entered into a national competition. Sydney Lawson and Kerigan Roth are Silver Key winners, and October Haas and Sam Wilson received Honorable Mention Awards. All five will be recognized at the Missouri Write to Learn conference and will have their pieces printed in the June edition of Missouri Youth Write.”
SHS administration said it was a proud accomplishment. “Our students do a lot of great things in our school every day. This is just the latest display of that. We’re all proud of these four girls and their accomplishment,” said John Kruse, SHS principal.
The Awards distribute more than a quarter of a million dollars annually in direct scholarships and awards to National Medalists. Its Scholarship Partner network of more than 40 colleges and universities is said to offer additional millions in scholarships to graduating seniors who receive awards.