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Hall Students Earn Prestigious Writing Awards

Top row from left: Nora Holmes, Sofia Imitola, Claire O’Brien. Center: Kate Sanderson. Bottom (from left): Charles Wang, Monica Wheeler, Katherine (Grace) Wright-Goodison. Courtesy image

Seven students from West Hartford’s Hall High School were recognized in this year’s Scholastic Writing Awards competition.

Submitted by Amy Shaffer, Student Activities/Career Center Coordinator, Hall High School 

Seven students from William H. Hall High School have garnered recognition in the 2021 Scholastic Writing Awards (Northeast Region-At-Large).

They are senior Sofia Imitola; juniors Nora Holmes, Claire O’Brien, Kate Sanderson, Charles Wang, and Monica Wheeler; and sophomore Katherine (Grace) Wright-Goodison.

Founded in 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the nation’s longest-running, most prestigious educational initiative supporting student achievement in the visual and literary arts.  

Region-at Large Gold Keys honor the very best works submitted to local programs and are automatically considered for national-level recognition which will be announced in March.

Students were recognized for the following works:

  • Sofia Imitola received Honorable Mention for poem, “Coming Home” and her personal essay, “Mother Tongue.”  
  • Nora Holmes received two Gold Keys, one for her poem, “Plums” and the other for her short story, “Sugar.”
  • A Gold Key was also given to Claire O’Brien for her critical essay, “Toxic Masculinity in Greek Mythology.”
  • A Silver Key was given to Kate Sanderson for her flash fiction work, “Drifters.”
  • Charles Wang received a Silver Key for his work, “Why ‘Normal’ is So” in addition to his Honorable Mention for, “It’s OK to be Wrong.”
  • Monica Wheeler also received an Honorable Mention for her poem, “A 2020 Take on the Red Wheelbarrow.”
  • Lastly, Katherine (Grace) Wright-Goodison was given Gold Key recognition for her work, “Contemplations.”

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