11 WAMS students earn scholastic and writing awards

PHOTO PROVIDED Shown are the WAMS students holding their certificates.

Eleven eighth-grade students at Williamsport Area Middle School recently were recognized for earning Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

“The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards are the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 7-12,” according to the contest’s website.

Two students earned the coveted Gold Key Award for their work in the Personal Essay and Memoir Category: Makayla Hamm for “The Broken Bridge” and Layla Waldman for “Poppy’s Lesson.”

Five students earned a Silver Key Award in several categories. In the Novel Writing category were Emily Hale for “Blue Ice” and Amanda Palmer for “Like a Bear,” and Grace Hubbard for “The Eye of the Buck” in the Science Fiction and Fantasy category. Three earned the designation in the Personal Essay and Memoir category: Diana McLean for “A Night of Chaos,” Kenna Peters for “Leaving Home,” and Keegan Vanderlin for “The New Addition.”

Three also earned an Honorable Mention in the Personal Essay and Memoir category: Elizabeth Lundy for “I Just Want to Be Home,” Amalie Robertson for “A Mind of Its Own,” and Isabella Splain for “The Kickboxing Class.”

“The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers,” the contest website states. “The Alliance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to identify students with exceptional artistic and literary talent and present their remarkable work to the world through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Through the Awards, students receive opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication, and scholarships. Students across America submitted more than 330,000 original works last year in 29 different categories of art and writing.”