Scholastic Writing Awards

This year, Dublin School writers earned a number of Silver Keys and Honorable Mentions from The Scholastic Writing Awards. In this contest, New Hampshire students sent more than 740 submissions to The Scholastic Writing Awards this year. Last year, the state received only 683 submissions. Of this year’s 740 submissions, 77 Silver Keys were awarded to distinguished works from New Hampshire and 127 Honorable Mentions were awarded to New Hampshire writers.

That means that a New Hampshire student submitting to Scholastic stands a 17% chance of getting work recognized with an Honorable Mention and only a 10% chance of being recognized with a Silver Key.

Our student writers submitted outstanding work that earned 30 of the 127 Honorable Mentions, meaning that Dublin School work took 23% of the award-winning work in that category.

Mia Brady, Individual Work:

  • “Waiting”
  • “I Feel Rain Coming”

Noelia Calcano, Writing Portfolio,

“A Latina Writer’s Journey: An Exploration of Purposeful Literature,” including:

  • “Sus Pasos”
  • “Women in Hamlet: Empowered by Oppression”
  • “Lost Trust”
  • “Jay Gatsby and Monetary Shame: The Illusion of his Inescapable Past”
  • “Ultimo Sueno”
  • “An Illusion's Fatal End”
  • “Lost in the Light”

Noelia Calcano, Individual Work:

  • “Sus Pasos”
  • “Women in Hamlet: Empowered by Oppression”
  • “White World”

Katia Dermott, Individual Work:

  • “The Last Kaw: An Artistic and Societal Analysis of Existence”
  • “The Rosenberg Trial: An Indictment to Contain the Masses”
  • “Sitting in a Storm”
  • “Guardian Enough”
  • “The Drizzle in the Corner of My Eye”
  • “The Corner of Disaster”

Mark Franklin, Portfolio:
“An Analytical Outlook on Life,” including:

  • “Pianoforte: A Sad But Hopeful Story of A Boy and His Piano”
  • “Only I Knew”
  • “The Solution to World Hunger Has Never Been So Simple”
  • “Racism Is a Weapon”
  • “Who Is Really In Love: A Narrative of Homosocial Bonding in Hamlet”
  • “Rainbow of The Great Gatsby: An Analysis of The Use of Colors”
  • “Not Everybody Celebrates Age”
  • “The Relativity of Existence”

Mark Franklin, Individual Work:

  • “Only I Knew”

Sabrina Hayden, Individual Work:

  • “Growing Up”

Caroline Robbins, Individual Work:

  • “Rooftops and Regret

Six of the 77 Silver Keys went to Dublin writing, meaning that 7.8% of that award category went to our very own writers.

  • Calvin Bates, “Nine Inch Trout”
  • Noelia Calcano, “Lost Trust”
  • Katia Dermott, “Short of Stability”
  • Mark Franklin, “The Solution to World Hunger Has Never Been So Simple”
  • Sabrina Hayden, “Cracking the Egg”
  • Zoe Hewitt, “How to Listen”

Of the 233 total awards earned in the whole state of New Hampshire, Dublin School took home 36; in other words, Dublin students took home 15% of all awards possible in the whole state.

Dublin has received exciting news from Scholastic each year we have entered, and much of the success can be attributed to students’ authentic voices, their stories that demand to be told, and their pursuit of clarity and truthfulness.

At Dublin, students have benefitted from writing in many genres, for many audiences, and under the tutelage of teachers who truly care about the craft of writing. Our curricula includes diverse voices; our writing projects are focused on clear, active, precise writing; our work with student writers encourages them to be active, empowered reformers of their own craft. Our students chart their own improvement points and goals, write cover letters and questions to their peer reviewers about trends that would like to strengthen, give each other genuine feedback, and focus on the growth mindset in writing.

As Rachael Jennings, English Department Chair describes, “We work hard to celebrate our students’ voices and progress, but we are also candid with them about the process that writing is—that though a final product may be polished and linear, the work of getting to that place is rarely neat and tidy and rarely linear.”

So, while the results of the Scholastic Writing Awards, just as in previous years, have been thrilling for the award-winning students and the community as a whole, we do not want to validate only this external recognition. We want to celebrate these students’ process—the peer reviews, the roughest drafts and the slightly less rough drafts, the afternoons of reading aloud to a friend, the evenings of making final editing decisions—for all of the work that goes into an outstanding piece of writing becomes hidden in that piece’s strength and poise. That work becomes the foundation of any success, any award, any glossy final page.

Congratulations to Honorable Mention Winners Mia Brady, Noelia Calcano, Katia Dermott, Mark Franklin, Sabrina Hayden, and Caroline Robbins. Congratulations to Calvin Bates, Noelia, Mark, Sabrina, and Zoe Hewitt for your Silver Keys. Your work shines.

Congratulations to all for the courage it takes to submit work and for the careful time, assiduous focus, and crucial process to which you devoted your energy. Your stories matter, your voices matter, and it is always a celebratory moment when they can be heard by more, understood by more, and carried by more.

Dublin congratulates you all!

Read Student Work Here

The odds of coming across a triple yolk egg are 1 in 25 million. I know this because I researched it after cracking open a very large egg one morning for breakfast and finding three yolks

It would be out of my nature to suggest that I am one in 25 million; however, since birth, I feel that I have had a unique life. I cannot distinguish whether it is my biological ties to the Incan Empire, or my childhood on a small New England farm, but I have always had a strong commitment to accomplish meaningful work.

Sabrina Hayden, “Cracking the Egg”

My room always smelt of cigarette smoke and lavender.
Books and mismatched socks strewn the floor–
all my belongings visible in a five-by-five glance.
Goodwill bags scarcely filled the cupboard under our sink.

Katia Dermott, “Short of Stability”

I don't miss the way things had to be
And in another way I walk alone
With flowers I bought for myself.

Mia Brady, “I Feel Rain Coming”

Most people have no memory of learning to walk. They fill the void in their lives with baby pictures taken at just the right moment and vivid stories told by their nostalgic parents of those beautiful and carefree days

I can’t say the same, for learning how to walk remains one of the most painful and memorable experiences of my life. I recall sitting in the gallery of my small bright pink home, the Dominican Republic sun shining, and a thick cloud of humidity resting in the air. All I could manage to do was stare at the busy street. The young kids in the neighborhood were reveling without a care in the world. Like a flower dragged by the wind, their feet jumped, skipped, and hopped without the smallest sign of effort.

I was envious, for I was not like those kids.

Noelia Calcano, “Sus Pasos”

Then, listening to Wagner’s “Tannhäuser Overture,” the thought will arise that it is impossible to know sound without its absence, and vice versa. Silence is the mother of all sound, they are woven interdependently and one would not truly exist without the presence of the other. Would we ever really know how to appreciate music and sound if we were never in its absence?

Zoe Hewitt, “How to Listen”

Fishing has its set of challenges. Out west, thunderstorms come on quickly in the afternoon. There’s nothing like being caught in a lighting storm at twelve thousand feet to make you remember to bring a rain jacket next time.

I can’t tell you how many hours I have spent bent over a fly tying vice, working on a fly smaller than my pinky fingernail.

I stay up late on Google Maps looking for blue lines that might have fish in them, or reading stocking reports from the Fish and Game Department.

There are days where the fish aren’t biting and I try everything but end up spending seven hours in a kayak wearing out my shoulder casting to smallmouth bass that give me only blank stares in return.

Calvin Bates, “Nine Inch Trout"

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