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New Roads Students Earn Scholastic Writing Awards

Three New Roads students earned regional recognition from the prestigious Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. For their fiction pieces, 12th grader Carolyn Stein received a Regional Gold Key, 11th grader Derek Weinstock received a Silver Key, and sophomore Maeve Schrode received an Honorable mention. As a Gold Key recipient, Carolyn's work automatically advanced to the National Level, where she was awarded a National Silver Key.

Their submissions were selected among the almost 350,000 works of visual art and writing submitted to this year's Scholastic Awards. Established in 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the nation’s largest, longest-running, most prestigious visual and literary arts program recognizing creative accomplishments of students in grades 7–12. In addition to the awards, winners have the chance to earn scholarships and have their work exhibited or published.

Carolyn Stein took up a challenging topic for her essay, Travel Date Unconfirmed, which focused on the intersection between Jewish culture and her American-Jewish identity set to the backdrop of the Israeli-Palestinian issue. She chose to write about this difficult subject because of her interest in the conflict and to understand further the role of personal identity, culture, and national identity. “I wanted to better understand that issue and what place American Jews have in it. I wanted to explore how the personal and the political overlap and how we can connect with our identity while humanely addressing political issues,” she said.

Carolyn credits her English teachers with pushing her to expand her essay (originally written as a class assignment) for the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. “I revised the piece and received a lot of feedback from Alexandra and Larry. They both dedicated lots of time to helping me make the piece better and I couldn't be more grateful for their hard work.”

Moreover, Carolyn is thankful of the New Roads English department and for her fellow writers, “All of the teachers are genuinely interested in reading student work and watching students grow. They are honest in their feedback and very encouraging. We have a wonderful student community of writers.”
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