Each year, RCS students in grades 7 through 9 are invited to submit their work to the Scholastic Arts & Writing Awards, the country’s longest-running and most prestigious award and recognition program for creative students. Students in grades 7 through 12 from both private and public schools across the country submit work that is blindly judged by leaders in the visual and literary arts who look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision. Selections from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are published in the National Catalog and The Best Teen Writing, which are distributed free of charge to schools and libraries nationwide. Works have also appeared in Scholastic publications including The Best Young Writers & Artists in America (PUSH), Scope magazine, Junior Scholastic magazine, Scholastic Art magazine, and New York Times Upfront magazine. Writers Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Maya Goldberg, and Joyce Carol Oates are all national Scholastic Writing Awards alumni.
All submissions are judged and awarded regionally and all regional Gold Key winners are automatically entered into the national contest where their work is judged against other Gold Key winners from across the country. Each year, numerous RCS students are recognized at the regional level for their achievement in writing. In 2014, after being awarded a Gold Key at the regional level, RCS student Mairead Kilgallon was awarded a national Gold Medal in the Science Fiction/Fantasy category for her story, “The Ghost Singer.”
The 2015 regional Scholastic Awards were announced on February 2. In the Hudson to Housatonic writing region, which serves teens from nine suburban-NYC counties (Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Orange, Ulster, and Dutchess in New York; and Fairfield, Litchfield, and New Haven in Connecticut), 142 Gold Keys, 208 Silver Keys, and 313 Honorable Mentions were selected from over 1500 submitted works. Twenty nine students from Rippowam Cisqua School earned awards in this region including three Gold Keys, nine Silver Keys, and seventeen Honorable Mentions. The 2015 Scholastic National Medalists will be announced on March 16.
Sarah Bonnem, 8th Grade, Gold Key in Poetry
Charlotte Maerov, 8th Grade, Gold Key in Poetry
Cameron Hackett, 7th Grade, Gold Key in Personal Essay/Memoir
Mairead Kilgallon, 9th Grade, Silver Key in Poetry
Jack Kovensky, 8th Grade, Silver Key in Journalism
Jinjee Denner, 7th Grade, Silver Key in Personal Essay/Memoir
Isabella Giordano, 7th Grade, Silver Key in Personal Essay/Memoir
Ethan Karas, 7th Grade, Silver Key in Personal Essay/Memoir
Daisy Lawrence, 7th Grade, Silver Key in Personal Essay/Memoir
Morgan LeBrun, 7th Grade, Silver Key in Personal Essay/Memoir
Annabel Lee, 7th Grade, Silver Key in Personal Essay/Memoir
Sami Rifai-Loewenberg, 7th Grade, Silver Key in Personal Essay/Memoir
Foundations of Education - Thursday, January 29th
Caroline Carpenter, 9th Grade, Honorable Mention in Flash Fiction
Jake Stahl, 9th Grade, TWO Honorable Mentions in Poetry
Karina Badey, 8th Grade, Honorable Mention in Poetry
Nicholas Beaumont, 8th Grade, Honorable Mention in Short Story
Blake Cote, 8th Grade, Honorable Mention in Personal Essay/Memoir
Brian Fridie, 8th Grade, Honorable Mention in Personal Essay/Memoir
Julia Gastone, 8th Grade, Honorable Mention in Short Story
George Lawrence, 8th Grade, Honorable Mention in Science Fiction/Fantasy
Ned Mattison, 8th Grade, Honorable Mention in Personal Essay/Memoir
Prince Millett-Barrett, 8th Grade, Honorable Mention in Personal Essay/Memoir
Paige Nespole, 8th Grade, Honorable Mention in Poetry
Eric Oschner, 8th Grade, Honorable Mention in Short Story
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Rippowam Cisqua School’s Foundations of Education Series kicks off its eighth year on Thursday, January 29 at 9:30am
with a visit from educator, author, and NY Times
columnist Jessica Lahey who will discuss The Gift of Failure: Fostering Intrinsic Motivation and Resilience in Kids. In her lecture, Jessica will explore the best ways to motivate students to own their education and develop grit and resilience, as well as share current research on autonomy-supportive parenting and teaching.
Jessica Lahey (www.jessicalahey.com
) is an educator, writer, and speaker. She has been a middle- and high school teacher of English, Latin, and writing for over a decade. She writes the bi-weekly "Parent-Teacher Conference" advice column for the New York Times
and her work appears regularly in the Atlantic
and on Vermont Public Radio. Her article, "Why Parents Need to Let Their Children Fail," went viral in early 2013 and became the genesis of her forthcoming book, The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed
, which will be published in August by HarperCollins.
Rippowam Cisqua School’s critically acclaimed Foundations of Education Series is a dynamic program featuring informative lectures on how to raise successful, lifelong learners. The lectures are free and open to the public. All lectures take place on the Lower Campus, which is located at 325 West Patent Road, Mount Kisco, New York. For more information, please contact Ryan Smith at 914-244-1292 or email@example.com.