By Julie Ritter
North Shore Schools, Glen Head, NY, February 17, 2017 - The North Shore School District is thrilled to recognize Brooke Demetri for her receipt of the prestigious 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Award. Her personal essay titled “Landmines, Beans, & The Beauty Queen,” received a Northeast regional Gold Key Award, which advances the piece for consideration at the national level.
In addition, another essay and a poem by Brooke received honorable mention.
Brooke said, "I am very grateful to have wonderful teachers who inspire me every day to work hard towards achieving my academic goals. Their positivity and enthusiasm influence me as a student. I am the writer, and person I am today, because of their guidance. I am very honored that my personal essay is going to be considered for National recognition.”
According to the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the Scholastic Art & Writing Award program was created in 1923, and its past award recipients include Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Stephen King, Ken Burns, Lena Dunham, and Joyce Carol Oates. The 2017 entries were evaluated on originality, technical skill, and voice.
“Brooke’s writing invites readers with its intimacy, embraces readers with its honesty, and inspires readers with its hope,” said Teacher Leader of the HS English Department, Ms. Julie Ritter. “We are proud of her efforts and of her talent for crafting words that resonate so clearly with those who hear them.”
Article submitted by North Shore High School Teacher Leader of the HS English Department, Julie Ritter
Photos by Shelly Newman
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