Eight National Scholastic Award winners: Hannah Haugenes, Little Silver; Victoria Paterno, Shrewsbury; Sofia Dadap, Red Bank; Kathryn Povey, Shrewsbury; Mylette Beerman, Neptune City; Brooke Willemstyn, Little Silver; RBR Creative Writing teacher Dr. Gretna Wilkinson; Kaylah Swanger, Bradley Beach; and Madelyn Monaghan, Little Silver
Little Silver: Red Bank Regional’s (RBR) Visual & Performing Art Academy (VPA) offers one of the most effective creative writing programs in the United States. This is evidenced by the creative writing students’ continued outstanding performance in the National Scholastic competition, which is the longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in the United States, Canada, U.S. territories, or a U.S. school abroad.
According to a National Scholastic listing of all regional and national winners, RBR won the most awards in the state of New Jersey. Over 230,000 submissions were received from 1600 students in 48 categories from 47 states, Washington D.C. and American schools abroad.
According to the National Scholastic press release, RBR students took 19 Gold Keys, 56 Silver Keys and 109 Honorable mentions in the 2013 Regional competition. Gold Keys represent the highest level of achievement on a regional level, or approximately 7-10% of regional submissions. Silver Keys represent 10-15% of regional submission and honorable mentions represent the top 10 to 15% of all submissions.
The regional winners were then judged on a national level, where RBR’s Madelyn Monaghan of Little Silver took the Gold medal, for her play, To Save a Rose. Her win signifies the “most outstanding works in the nation.” Madelyn is a dual VPA major in vocal and drama.
Seven other creative writing major students all took silver medals, demonstrating the “highest honors on the national level.” The Silver Award winners were: Hannah Haugenes, Little Silver; Victoria Paterno, Shrewsbury; Sofia Dadap, Red Bank; Kathryn Povey, Shrewsbury; Mylette Beerman, Neptune City; Brooke Willemstyn, Little Silver.
RBR’s eight national winners will be honored with all national award recipients in a special reception, along with their teacher, Dr. Gretna Wilkinson at Carnegie Hall on May 31. The LED super signs in Times Square will feature the awards throughout the day and select national winners’ art will be on display at Parson’s The New School for Design and the Pratt Manhattan Gallery through June 15, 2013. For the first time ever, the National Awards Ceremony will be webcast live from Carnegie Hall on May 31 at 6:00 p.m. ET! In the past, Mayor Bloomberg has lit up the Empire State Building in gold to in recognition of the students’ accomplishments.
Student award winners are eligible for scholarships from prestigious universities across the country. The awards are sponsored by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. Some of their famous winners include Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Zac Posen, John Currin, Robert Redford and Joyce Carol Oates. For more information on the National Scholastic Awards visit www.artandwriting.org.