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Harpeth Hall student writers showcase their unique voices in Scholastic awards

Harpeth Hall student writers showcase their unique voices in Scholastic awards
Harpeth Hall student writers showcase their unique voices in Scholastic awards

Harpeth Hall students put a piece of themselves on the page with each written word, building confidence in their original thoughts and ideas. When the girls showcase their voices in the pieces they submit to the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, that authenticity speaks volumes.

“Each year,” upper school English teacher Ellen Sevits said, “the judges of the Scholastic Writing Contest seem to value a clear voice that is particularly unique, whether it be a critical essay or a science fiction piece.”

The Scholastic literary content has recognized outstanding student work throughout the United States since 1923. Notable past winners include Joyce Carol Oates, Amanda Gorman, Stephen King — and many Harpeth Hall students. This year, 26 Harpeth Hall students won 27 awards in categories such as Journalism, Humor, Personal Essay, and Poetry. Each work, Ms. Sevits said, represents a piece of the writer, courageously shared with the world, and she hopes students continue to write with open hearts and minds.

“The main piece of advice I would give young writers is to practice radical authenticity — in other words, be yourself when you write, and be yourself boldly,” Ms. Sevits said. “Whether you are analyzing literature, putting words to personal experience, reporting on your community, or building a fantastic new world, don't worry about what might win; instead, lean head-first into what piques your curiosity and feeds your writer's soul.”

Congratulations to this year’s recipients!

Amelia Alexopoulos
Silver Key, Critical Essay

Tilly Anderson
Silver Key, Science Fiction and Fantasy

Lilly Bartholomew
Silver Key, Poetry

Emerson Entrekin
Honorable Mention, Journalism

Lucy Farringer
Silver Key, Poetry

Erin Fikri
Silver Key, Poetry

Conner Folk
Honorable Mention, Critical Essay

Evelyn Frist
Honorable Mention, Poetry

G.H.
Gold Key, Poetry

Jesse Harwood
Honorable Mention, Poetry

Josephine Hinds
Gold Key, Critical Essay

Sophie Hong
Gold Key, Short Story
Honorable Mention, Poetry

Kelty Jones
Honorable Mention, Journalism

Ashley Maliakal
Honorable Mention, Critical Essay

Allyson Mao
Gold Key, Poetry

Charlotte Mikos
Honorable Mention, Humor

Evie Moore
Gold Key, Poetry

Ella Murphy
Honorable Mention, Critical Essay

Adelaide Nelson
Honorable Mention, Critical Essay

Anna Brooke Ozburn
Honorable Mention, Critical Essay

Rebecca Settle
Honorable Mention, Critical Essay

Kathrine Thomas
Gold Key, Critical Essay

Ariadne Vidalakis
Silver Key, Poetry

Lizzie Wimberley
Honorable Mention, Science Fiction and Fantasy

Emma Grace Wray
Silver Key, Critical Essay