Students Win Regional Scholastic Writing Awards

Twelve Fox Chapel Area High School students recently won awards in the 2015 Pittsburgh Regional Scholastic Writing Awards competition.

Gold Key winners were Fox Chapel Area High School junior Julia Lynch and sophomore Suvir Mirchandani (2 Gold Keys). The students who won Gold Keys advance to the National Scholastic Writing Awards competition in New York.

Silver Keys were awarded to Fox Chapel Area High School seniors Justin Schmithorst and Benjamin Smith, junior Julia Lynch, sophomore Emma Paulini, and freshmen Madeleine Chesek-Welch and Margaret Edgecombe (2 Silver Keys).

Honorable mentions went to senior Benjamin Smith; junior Victor Schmithorst; sophomores Rachel Gorby, Tracey Ian (3 Honorable Mentions), and Emma Paulini; and freshmen Alexander Brotsker, Margaret Edgecombe, and Jacob Klein.

More than 300 entries, spanning ten different genres of writing, were received from students from across the greater Pittsburgh area. The students' writing was judged by veteran writing teachers, professional writers, and university faculty.

All of the students will receive their awards at the Regional Writing Awards Ceremony that will be held February 28 from 2-4 p.m. in the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium at the University of Pittsburgh. The local competition was sponsored by the Western Pennsylvania Writing Project. The Project is a non-profit, teacher-centered, teacher-led professional development program serving area schools and students for more than 30 years. It is hosted by the University of Pittsburgh's School of Education and is a long-standing affiliate of the National Writing Project. The group partners with schools and community organizations in its efforts to strengthen academic and public literacy.