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Several local North Yarmouth Academy students received 2016 Scholastic Writing Awards. Afton Morton of South Freeport won Gold Key Awards for her short stories, “Commensalism in Humanity” and “Playthings of Fear.” “Under the World of Hurt” earned Afton a third Gold Key in flash fiction. Her submissions will be judged in mid-March for national recognition.
Emma Cohen of Falmouth won for her personal essay, “Locked Memories, Soft Melodies.” Receiving Honorable Mentions were Ellie Griswold of Cumberland, Madison Argitis of Yarmouth, Sydney Billings of Yarmouth and Annie Sillin of Yarmouth.
Award-winning students and their teachers, Holly Dana and Heidi Grant, will be recognized at a ceremony March 11 in Talbot Lecture Hall on the University of Southern Maine’s Portland campus.
“Many of these students took real risks with their writing, and it is gratifying to see their efforts acknowledged at the state level,” said Middle School English teacher Holly Dana.
Of the 354 submissions received, 31 Gold Keys, 59 Silver Keys and 70 Honorable Mentions were given. Submissions were juried by luminaries in the literary arts, some of whom are past award recipients. Panelists look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.
Alexis Heldenbrand of Freeport is studying abroad this semester in Europe in multiple countries. Heldenbrand is majoring in child development and is a member of the class of 2017.
Sam Porter of Cumberland
Lindsey Rose Sneider, majoring in hospitality management
Christoper Goding of Cumberland, a 2015 graduate of Greely High School and the son of Dr. Gregory Goding and Marianne Goding of Cumberland.
Elijah Leverett of North Yarmouth
Taylor Leigh Readio of Cumberland
Ben Nelson of Cumberland
Josie Bradshaw of Yarmouth, majoring in chemical engineering
Elizabeth Towle of Cumberland Center, majoring in chemical engineering
Jacob Watson of Falmouth, majoring in computer science