Assistant Editor of Promotion
Though a slideshow cannot showcase the outstanding writing pieces like it can artwork, nevertheless five Jamesville-DeWitt High School students’ hard work did not go unnoticed at the 2015 Scholastic Writing Awards. Freshman Michale Schueler and juniors Anna Pluff, Julia Skeval, Colin Howe and Ellie “Zev” Anbar were all honored at the regional level which included students from Vermont, New York City, Connecticut and several other states.
Schueler entered a poem and a personal memoir. She won a Silver Key for her poem, “Victoria” and a Gold Key for her memoir, “Little Boxes.” Pluff entered two poems titled “Diseased” and “Chambered Thoughts of You,” which both won Honorable Mentions. Schueler said the writing process took a long time. The poem took her two months to complete and the memoir took a month and a half. Pluff wrote her two poems in about 10 minutes without any help. Both girls can see themselves doing something with writing when they get older. “Maybe as a side hobby; it’s fun, so I enjoy it,” said Pluff.
“I went in not expecting to get anything so it was kind of surprising to win something,” said Skeval, who received Honorable Mentions for her personal memoir “Heart Beat,” and poem “Simplicity.” Unlike Schueler, Skeval’s writing process did not take her two months. She wrote them in one class period of Creative Writing. It took her another class to edit her pieces, so the whole editing process took around two hours. Skeval thinks her creative writing skills will help her when she goes on to get a job. “I want to be a journalist so that’s kind of why I took the class and it’s been really helpful,” said Skeval. Unlike Skeval, Howe did expected to win something for his poem “An Opiate of Dreams,” because he thought he put a lot of hard work into it. “I was pretty excited, I was happy with the Silver Key, that’s kind of what I expected and that’s what I got,” said Howe. He doesn’t think he’ll do anything that involves writing as a job but he does hope to continue to write in his free time because he really enjoys it. Anbar felt “really excited” after finding out she won two Silver Keys and two Honorable Mentions for her pieces. She entered both poems and short stories. Her pieces were titled “ The Hairdresser,” “Invisible Angels,” “Angels and Dreams,” and “Last Chance.”
Creative Writing Teacher, Matthew Phillips felt really excited for all of his students that won awards this year. “It alway feels great to have students get recognized for the quality of their work,” said Mr. Phillips. “It’s great that we can compete on a regional level and do well,” said Mr. Phillips.