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13 Students Honored for Poetry, Flash Fiction and Persuasive Writing

Millburn and Short Hills high school students place for poetry, flash fiction and persuasive writing in the 2012-2013 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

A dozen Millburn High School writers win awards in poetry, flash fiction and persuasive writing in the 2012-2013 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

Regional winners were announced last week in short story, personal essay/memoir, journalism and science fiction/fantasy. 

Michelle Waters won Silver Key in flash fiction for the piece “Farmhouse.” Waters also won honorable mention in poetry for the piece “Cigarette Poem, Ninety.”

Amanda Prager won Gold Key in poetry for the piece “Road Test.” Prager won Silver Key in flash fiction for “Dead Hearts.” She also won honorable mention in poetry for “The Feeling of Sixteen” and honorable mention in dramatic script for “Tunnel Vision.”

Simran Malhotra won Silver Key in poetry for the piece “Handful Of Haikus; Eyeful Of Haikus; Mother's Scent”, “Too Young” and “Breath.”

Susan Kaufman won Silver Key in poetry for the piece “Too Young.”

Kelle Keyles won Silver Key in poetry for the piece “Breath.”

Joshua Kimelman won Gold Key in poetry for the piece “The Egg Man, Monkey, Tik-Tak.” Kimelman also won honorable mention in flash fiction for the pieces “Yoram” and “Now all that is left.”

Amanda Kam won Gold Key in flash fiction for the piece “The Undead.” Kam also won honorable mention for flash fiction for the pieces “Dotted Streets”, “The Nocturnal Home” and “Atonement,”

Jordan Hsu won honorable mention in flash fiction for the piece “I Didn't Get It.”

Ilina  Ghosh won a Silver Key in persuasive writing for the piece “Letter to an American Farmer.”

Saachi Gupta won a Gold Key in persuasive writing for the piece “Electing Electors.”

Satyen Gupta won Gold Key in persuasive writing for the piece “Truly Moral Parenting.” Gupta also won honorable mention in flash fiction for “The Last Adventurer."

Hahn Jacob Choi won honorable mention in poetry for the piece “Boom, The Very First Spoonful, Way to Class, Drunk.”

Ambika Chetal won honorable mention in flash fiction for the piece “Clear And Crimson.”

Those students who have earned a "Gold Key" will see their work advance in the competition.

Student submissions are judged by luminaries in the literary arts, some of whom are past award recipients. Notable past jurors include Langston Hughes, Robert Frost, Judy Blume, Paula Poundstone, Lesley Stahl, Billy Collins, and David Sedaris.

Panelists look for works that best exemplify the Awards’ core values:  originality, technical skill, and the emergence of personal voice or vision. In the past five years, submissions have topped 700,000 works, and students have been eligible for more than $25 million in awards and scholarships.

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