CR South Regional Writing winners Scholastic Art and Writing 2020
Kiley Malloy - Gold Key portfolio - now in national competition
Sarah Langer - 3 Gold medals - 2 for poetry and 1 for humorous writing - now in national competition
Silver Key winners:
Shivani Kumar - 1 Silver Key award - for personal essay/memoir
Kiley Malloy - 3 Silver Key awards - 2 for personal essay/memoir and 1 for poetry
Kelsey Joy Nazaruk - 1 Silver Key award for personal essay/memoir
Lauren Pierce - 1 Silver Key award for personal essay/memoir
Greg Scelzi - 1 Silver Key award for personal essay/memoir
Kate VanBilliard - 1 Silver Key award for personal essay/memoir
Lea Wang - 1 Silver Key for personal essay/memoir
Megan Castonguay - 1 Silver Key for personal essay/memoir and 1 Silver Key for poetry
Sarah Langer - 1 Silver Key for Critical Essay
Honorable Mention winners:
Sahil Patel - 2 Silver Key awards for personal essay/memoir
Isabella Selekman - 1 Silver Key for personal essay/memoir
Wordstruck: Micro Essays on Literature that Redefined You
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About Wordstruck: Micro Essays on Literature that Redefined You is an essay contest introduced in 2019-2020 for Pennsylvania students in Grades 10-12 that invites students to describe how a written work has influenced them personally. Students may submit independently or as part of a high school or homeschool assignment, so long as they self-select the literature they choose to write about.
One winner will be announced by Spring/Summer 2020 and awarded a $250 prize.
To enter the Wordstruck contest, please follow the Submission Guidelines.
The 2020 Wordstruck contest is open to Pennsylvania students in Grades 10-12 during the 2019-2020 school year. Relatives of current and former Pennsylvania Center for the Book employees are ineligible to submit. The 2020 Submission Period is: Dec 13, 2019-Mar 13, 2020.
Please note: Each participating student must complete a Wordstruck Submission Form; the system does not currently accept submissions in batches/groups.
To enter the 2020 Wordstruck essay contest:
- Write an essay – of a minimum of 200 and maximum of 350 words – describing how a piece of literature (fiction/nonfiction/poetry/play/graphic novel) redefined your behavior, attitude, worldview, and/or personal perspective. The piece of literature must be self-selected and not assigned, e.g. by an educator/guardian.
- Mention the Title, Author/s, and Illustrator/s (as applicable) of the selected literature in your essay.
- Include your Full Name and Essay Title in the upper left corner of your essay document.
- Save your essay in a Word (.doc/.docx) or PDF (.pdf) document. These are the only file types accepted by the Submissions Form.
- Prepare the following required information before submitting; the Submission Form does not allow use of the back button for corrections in most sections:
- Full Name
- Email Address
- Parent/Guardian Name
- Parent/Guardian Email
- City of Residence
- Submission Type (High School Assignment/Independent/Homeschool Assignment)
- Assignment = required to participate by a teacher/guardian as part of educational curriculum.
- Independent = personal interest to participate.
- Type of School (High School/Homeschool, applies to all submission types)
- High School Name (applies to High School Assignment/Independent submissions)
- High School City (applies to High School Assignment/Independent submissions)
- Teacher Name (applies to High School Assignment submissions)
- Teacher Email (applies to High School Assignment submissions)
- Essay Title
- Literature Type (Fiction/Nonfiction/Poetry/Play/Graphic Novel/Other)
- Literature Title
- Literature Author/s (list First Name Last Name, separating multiple authors by commas)
- Literature Illustrator/s (list First Name Last Name, separating multiple illustrators by commas)
- Submit your 200-350-word essay during the Dec 13, 2019-Mar 13, 2020 submission period via this: Wordstruck Submission Form.
- Submit no more than one essay during the Dec 13, 2019-Mar 13, 2020 submission period.
- Note the submitted essay must: 1) be the original creation of the submitting student; 2) be previously unpublished; 3) be exclusively submitted to the Wordstruck contest (and no other contests/competitions); and 4) not infringe upon or violate the rights of any third party.
- Only submissions adhering to all stated Guidelines will be considered.
Two eleventh grade students at Council Rock High School South, Kiley Malloy and Lauren Rowlands received a Certificate of Superior Writing. Kiley is the daughter of Kevin and Kathleen Malloy of Holland, Pennsylvania. Lauren is the daughter of Jeffrey and Robyn Rowlands of Richboro, Pennsylvania. Both are students in Ms. Sharp’s Advanced Placement English and Language classes.
This year, schools nominated 416 students. Of that number, 210 received Certificates of Superior Writing. Each student submitted two pieces of writing. Two independent judges scored each submission on expression of ideas, language use, and unique perspective and voice. Please join us in congratulation these students.
The Fifth Annual Main Street Poetry Voices contest – 2019
Sponsored by Doylestown and Lahaska Bookshops
10th-12th Grade 1st Place: Kiley Malloy, Council Rock High School South for Konigsberg, Kaliningrad
Kiley is a junior in Ms. Sharp’s Advanced Placement English Language and Composition class.
Pennsylvania winners of the 2019 Letters About Literature writing contest
There were 308 letters submitted in Level 3, and our Readers and State Judges selected sophomore Isabella Coe’s letter to Sharon M. Draper about Out of My Mind as one of the top five among them. Bella is a student in Ms. Sharp’s English Honors 10 class.Sarah Langer, a student in Ms. Sharp's English Honors 10, is a 2019 Gold Key Award Winner in the Sholastic Writing Contest sponsored by the Philadephia Writing Project. Sarah won for her poem "Sunrise".Nicole Salapong from Council Rock High School South has been selected for a 2018 Achievement Award in Writing, given by the national Council fo Teachers of English (NCTE).The NCTE Achievement Awards in Writing is a school-based writing program established in 1957 to encourage high school students to write and to recognize some of the best student writers in the nation. Only students who are juniors may participate. Schools in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, American schools abroad, and the Virgin Islands are eligible to nominate students for the writing program.An eleventh grade student at Council Rock High School South, NICOLE SALAPONG received a Certificate of Superior Writing. She is the daughter of Roderick and Christine Salapong of Holland, Pennsylvania. Nicole is the President of the Council Rock South French Honors Society, and she will serve next year as the Submissions Manager for Illuminations, the Council Rock South literary publication. Please join us in congratulating Nicole for receiving this prestigious award.This year, schools nominated 462 students. Of that number, 227 recieved Certificates of Superior Writing and 235 received Certificates of Nomination. Each student submitted two pieces of writing. Two independent judges scored each submission on expression of ideas, language use, and unique perspective and voice.
Bucks County High School Poet of the Year: Final Standings 20181st Runner Up: Kiley Malloy (Karen Holloran, Honors English 10)Finalist: Alissa Shargorodsky (Lisa Picardi, AP English 12)The Library of Congress - Letters about Literature 2017-2018In the Library of Congress' 25th Annual LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE WRITING COMPETITION, 335 students from Pennsylvania in grades 9-12 entered this year's contest. Two 11th grade students from Council Rock High School South placed in the top 5:
Kellen Shao was recognized for his letter to author WuChengen for Journey to the West, and Jing Lin was recognized for her letter to author Daniel James Brown for the The Boys in the Boat.