St. Catherine's students received a total of 16 Writing Awards, including four Gold Keys, in the Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards. Eighth grader Laila Patel received a Gold Key and was named an American Voices nominee for her short story, "The Crimson Lehenga." Eighth grader Caelan DiCosmo won the Artistic Merit Award for her story story "All You Need."
The ZOOM adjudication day earlier this month boasted 21 writing jurors and 15 moderators from the Richmond Arts Community to judge the 410 writing entries. Gold Key honorees will be celebrated during a virtual ceremony next month. Gold Key winners of art and writing will soon be judged in New York. National Awards will be announced in March.
American Voices Nominee Eighth Grader: Laila Patel
Artistic Merit Award Eighth Grader: Caelan DiCosmo
Gold Key Awards: Seniors: Lois Sabo and Elise Williamson Eighth graders: Caelan DiCosmo and Laila Patel
Honorable Mention Awards Senior: Isabelle Shealy Sophomore: Molly Maloney Eighth graders Madeleine Bridges, Kara Finley (2), Anna Jane Reed
The honorees were students in classes with English teachers John Morgan, Elizabeth Bradbury or Julie Elmore. Five works of writing and five works of art from each region are selected by local judges as American Voices & Visions nominees, who are then celebrated in local exhibitions and ceremonies. From the pool of nominees, a panel of jurors in New York City selects one writer and one artist from each region to receive an American Voices Medal or an American Visions Medal. These Medalists are celebrated during National Events and at the National Exhibition in New York City.