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Hall Students Earn Prestigious Writing Awards

Students at West Hartford’s Hall High School have been recognized with Scholastic Writing Awards. 

Submitted by Amy Shaffer, Student Activities Coordinator, Hall High School

Eight students from William H. Hall High School have garnered recognition in the 2018 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards: senior Ellen Fuller; juniors Sophie Christensen, Charlie Cubbage, Will Hutensky, Sarah Lewis, Deanna Michaels, and Jake Zweifler; and sophomore Nina Faynshtayn.

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.

Ellen Fuller received a Gold Key for her novel titled “Succession” and Jake Zweifler received a Gold Key for his critical essay titled “The Existence of a Universal Language.”

The very best works submitted to local programs are awarded Gold Keys. Gold Keys are automatically considered for national-level recognition.  

Charlie Cubbage received a Silver Key from his critical essay titled “Same Species, Different Language.” Standout works submitted to local programs that demonstrate exceptional ability are awarded Silver Keys.

Sophie Christensen received honorable mention for her critical essay titled “The Evolution of Language.” Will Hutensky received honorable mention for his critical essay titled “The Strength of Silence.” Deanna Michaels received honorable mention for her critical essay “A Sign To Start Singing.” Nina Faynshtayn received honorable mention for her poem titled “Painful Paradise.” Accomplished works submitted to local programs showing great skill and/or potential are given an Honorable Mention Award.

Sarah Lewis received a Silver Key for her critical essay “The New Doublespeak: Weaponized Language in Modern Politics,” her personal essay and memoir “Transience,” and for two of her pieces of poetry “Greed” and “Boys Will Be Boys.” She received honorable mention for both her dramatic script “Lila” and her poem “If I were a Boy.”  

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