Seven Pingry Students Earn Honors In National Arts & Writing Competition

MARTINSVILLE—Seven Pingry students won regional and national awards in the 2012 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the country’s longest-running scholarship and recognition program for student achievements in the visual and literary arts.

Each year, students in Grades 7 to 12 submit over 200,000 entries in 28 categories. All works are group based on genre, rather than student age. Keys are awarded at the regional level, and medals are awarded at the national level.

Seventh grader Athena Gerasoulis of Edison won four Gold Keys for Personal Essay, Flash Fiction, Short Story, and Poetry Collection, as well as one Silver Key for Dramatic Film Script—she is the only student in New Jersey and one of only three in the Northeast region to receive four Gold Keys.

Tenth grader Isabel Kim of Warren won a Gold Key and two Honorable Mentions for Poetry.

Twelfth grader Florence Ma of Westfield won three Gold Keys—one for Drawing and two for Painting—and a Gold Medal for Drawing.

Kelly Mao, an eleventh grader from Towaco, won a Gold Key for Mixed Media, Silver Key for Painting, and Honorable Mention for Humor.

Twelfth grader Cara Solina of Lebanonon won three Gold Keys for Photography.

Monica Sun, a tenth grader from Bridgewater, won a Gold Key and Silver Key for Poetry. She also won a Gold Medal, Best in Grade, for Poetry—the highest honor as a national winner.

Eleventh grader Ashley Zhou of Basking Ridge won a Silver Key for Poetry.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have an impressive legacy dating back to 1923, as past winners include Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Robert Redford, and Joyce Carol Oates.

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