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SMS Students Recognized in Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

January 27, 2020

Twelve Stratton Mountain School students have been recognized by the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center’s 2020 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, a prestigious national program that offers exhibition opportunities and scholarships to young artists and writers. SMS submissions were encouraged and coordinated by SMS English Teacher Chris Marks. 

SMS student Livia Greenberg `20 won a Gold Key for her writing portfolio titled “Tales of a Misfit” and middle school student Jude Fidel `24 also won a Gold Key for his fiction piece titled “The Stranger.”

Multiple students were awarded Siver Keys including Jenna Braun `20 for her personal essay “How Stratton Mountain School Changed Me,” Simon Baron `23 for his critical essay “What Makes America Great,” Bronson Culver `24 for his poem titled “Seasons,” and John Firestone `24 for his fiction piece titled “Agent Orange.” 

Honorable mentions included Jane Gutchess `20 for her personal essay titled “My College Essay,” Niko Huber `22 for his critical essay titled “The Essence of Early Mornings,” Sophie Davis `24 for her essay “Shred4Nate,” Andrew Maneggia `24 for his story “The Rookie,” Mary Martin `24 for her story “To Free a Mockingbird,” and Harry Weinreich `24 for his poem “Dawn and Dusk.” See the full list of winners. 

According to the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, “Students receiving Gold Keys, Silver Keys, Honorable Mentions, or American Voices & Visions Nominations are celebrated within their communities through local exhibitions and ceremonies. Gold Key works are then judged nationally by an impressive panel of creative–industry experts to receive National Medals, including Gold Medals, Silver Medals, American Voices & Visions Medals, Gold Medal and Silver with Distinction Portfolio Medals, and Special Achievement Awards. National Medalists are recognized in part at the National Ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City.”

An awards ceremony will be held on 12 p.m. on Saturday, March 7 at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, featuring a keynote address from Vermont author Ann Braden. Congratulations to all award recipients!

Stratton Mountain School is an independent boarding and day school that focuses on college preparatory academics and competitive winter sports. Located at the base of Stratton Mountain, SMS serves students in grades 7 – 12.

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