Congratulations to this year’s winners of Scholastic Awards for Writing! In true Beacon spirit, the essays are personal, authentic, and moving. They capture the resilience and intellect of these wonderful young students who are now poised to become important voices in their high school communities. Thanks to Beacon’s generous supporters, the school is able to offer small classes and a rigorous writing curriculum designed to provide students with the skills to emerge as powerful writers.
Jennifer Vega Gold Key and American Voices Nominee for “I Didn’t Know What She Looked Like”
Genesis Valdez Gold Key for “Taken for Granted”
Muhammad Abdur-Rahman Silver Key for “Four Seasons Back”
Yeabsira Gugssa Silver Key for “That Man Will Become Stronger”
Albert McField Silver Key for “The Thing I Never Understood”
Valerie Rosario Honorable Mention for “Feathers”
Ibrahim Sidow Honorable Mention for “Journey to a Hard Life”
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 7–12. The awards are given through the Massachusetts affiliate partner, The Boston Globe. “The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards program has been part of The Boston Globe’s commitment to the community for decades, and to the development, education, and well-being of young people in Massachusetts. Thanks to support from the Boston Globe Foundation, the Scholastic program introduces the Boston community to a new generation of young artistic talent.”
We are excited to share each students’ essay following the Scholastic National Awards final decisions in March!