Talented St. Mary’s writers have won numerous awards over the last month. In the prestigious Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition, the nation’s oldest showcase of student artists and writers, 37 of our writers won 54 prizes in the West Region, a multi-state area that includes California, Hawaii, Utah, and several other states. Students at every grade level were honored and in a variety of genres: short stories, poetry, memoir/personal essay, humor, and flash fiction. Of these talented writers, seven won Gold Keys for their work, which now proceeds to judging at the national level: Grace Bragdon, Kara D’Ascenzo, Margo Digiacinto, Alex Hussey, Ann Ramsey, Effy Reavis, and Finola Schmahl-Waggoner. We are so very proud of the extra time all our writers put in to craft their creative pieces, not to mention persevering in the application process during the December snow event!
More recently the Oregon Poetry Contest announced the top ten winners in the high school division of their statewide competition. Three of the winning poets are SMA students: Madeleine Adriance, Maria Gray, and Kaitee Steiert. Their poems will appear this spring in Cascadia, a journal published by the Oregon Poetry Association. We offer them our sincere congratulations! Finally, last year’s issue of our school art and literary magazine, Escribe Maria, was honored with a first place award in the national American Scholastic Press Association competition. This is quite an honor shared by the artists, writers, and especially the hardworking staff members that serve as editors, layout and graphic designers, and saleswomen. Especially impressive is the fact that they produce this magazine without the benefit of class time; they operate as a club, meeting once a week at lunch, and then more intensely in the spring publishing season. If you want to preorder a copy of this year’s edition, see the order form that went out with the recent semester grades mailing. Congratulations to all these fine writers who continue to make St. Mary’s a center for creative expression.