Student Writers Receive 2021 Scholastic Regional Writing Awards

News Release
February 05, 2021

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) student writers won 30 Gold Key awards in the 2021 Regional Scholastic Writing Awards competition.  In all, 163 Gold Key, Silver Key, and Honorable Mentions were earned by FCPS students.

Lyat Melese, a student at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) was named an American Visions Nominee for her personal essay and memoir, “I will not forget.”

Winners in the regional competition came from 20 Fairfax County middle and high schools. 

A complete list of FCPS winners can be found below.

Regional winners will be honored at an online reception at a date to be announced.

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, presented by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, is the largest, longest-running recognition program of its kind in the United States. Writing categories include critical essay, dramatic script, flash fiction, humor, journalism, novel writing, personal essay and memoir, poetry, science fiction and fantasy, short story, and writing portfolio. More information about the Scholastic Awards is available online.  
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Name

School

Category

Award

Jennifer Abraham

TJHSST

Critical Essay

Honorable Mention

Arya Adake

TJHSST

Short Story

Silver Key

Zara Adams

Langley HS

Critical Essay

Honorable Mention

Pari Agarwala

Oakton HS

Poetry

Honorable Mention

Kesha Antsilevich

Oakton HS

Critical Essay

Honorable Mention

Avery Barnett

McLean HS

Dramatic Script

Honorable Mention

Camila Becerra

Lake Braddock SS

Personal Essay and Memoir

Honorable Mention

Reyna Berry

Marshall HS

Flash Fiction

Honorable Mention

Kate Bigley

Oakton HS

Novel Writing

Gold Key

Bianca Blancaflor

Lake Braddock SS

Poetry

Honorable Mention

Nia Brockelman

McLean HS

Poetry

Honorable Mention

Teja Buddhavarapu

TJHSST

Critical Essay

Gold Key

Isabella Cai

TJHSST

Short Story

Silver Key

Ethan Caldwell

TJHSST

Poetry

Honorable Mention

Ebba Cha

TJHSST

Poetry

Honorable Mention

Andrew Chen

TJHSST

Critical Essay

Silver Key

Andy Chen

TJHSST

Critical Essay

Silver Key

Emily Chen

TJHSST

Critical Essay

Honorable Mention

Eric Chen

Oakton HS

Critical Essay

Honorable Mention

Mackenzie Chen

McLean HS

Personal Essay and Memoir

Honorable Mention

Ruby Chen

McLean HS

Poetry

Honorable Mention

Eunice Choi

Chantilly HS

Personal Essay and Memoir

Honorable Mention

Ashley Chon

Cooper MS

Critical Essay

Silver Key

Ashley Chon

Cooper MS

Poetry

Silver Key

Thanisha Chowdhury

TJHSST

Personal Essay and Memoir

Silver Key

Thanisha Chowdhury

TJHSST

Short Story

Silver Key

Thanisha Chowdhury

TJHSST

Short Story

Honorable Mention

Thanisha Chowdhury

TJHSST

Flash Fiction

Gold Key

Bella Chung

TJHSST

Poetry

Silver Key

Bella Chung

TJHSST

Writing Portfolio

Honorable Mention

Teri Chung

Fairfax HS

Personal Essay and Memoir

Honorable Mention

Jackson Dabich

Marshall HS

Flash Fiction

Silver Key

Fiona Dempsey

Langley HS

Short Story

Gold Key

Arjun Dhumne

TJHSST

Critical Essay

Honorable Mention

Tammy Ding

TJHSST

Poetry

Honorable Mention

Joseph Dodson

TJHSST

Critical Essay

Honorable Mention

Michelle Du

TJHSST

Critical Essay

Honorable Mention

Annika Duneja

TJHSST

Flash Fiction

Gold Key

Elisabeth Eick

McLean HS

Personal Essay and Memoir

Honorable Mention

Sara Elanchezhian

TJHSST

Personal Essay and Memoir

Gold Key

Dinan Elsyad

TJHSST

Critical Essay

Silver Key

Jessica Feng

TJHSST

Poetry

Silver Key

Lauren Fisher

TJHSST

Personal Essay and Memoir

Honorable Mention

Rhea Goswami

TJHSST

Poetry

Silver Key

Rhea Goswami

TJHSST

Poetry

Honorable Mention

Samantha Grayer

Cooper MS

Critical Essay

Gold Key

Stephanie Groves

Lake Braddock SS

Personal Essay and Memoir

Honorable Mention

Joy Gu

Marshall HS

Poetry

Honorable Mention

Joy Gu

Marshall HS

Dramatic Script

Honorable Mention

Sagar Gupta

TJHSST

Poetry

Gold Key

Sagar Gupta

TJHSST

Poetry

Gold Key

Sagar Gupta

TJHSST

Poetry

Honorable Mention

Leah Hamaker

Fairfax HS

Short Story

Silver Key

Salsabila Hasan

McLean HS

Flash Fiction

Honorable Mention

Evelyn Hopkins

Lewis HS

Short Story

Honorable Mention

Alex Huang

TJHSST

Short Story

Honorable Mention

Grace Huang

TJHSST

Flash Fiction

Honorable Mention

Aaliya Hussain

TJHSST

Critical Essay

Honorable Mention

Isha Joshi

Rocky Run MS

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Silver Key

Sarah Kalainoff

Hayfield SS

Humor

Silver Key

Grace Kang

West Springfield HS

Poetry

Honorable Mention

Hannah Kang

Rocky Run MS

Poetry

Honorable Mention

Jungyoon Keum

McLean HS

Flash Fiction

Silver Key

Ashley Khang

Langley HS

Critical Essay

Honorable Mention

Kyuree Kim

TJHSST

Short Story

Honorable Mention

Grace Ko

TJHSST

Humor

Silver Key

Yoo-Bin Kwon

TJHSST

Flash Fiction

Silver Key

Chloe Lee

Oakton HS

Poetry

Gold Key

Joonwon Lee

Jackson MS

Critical Essay

Honorable Mention

Rachel Lee

Chantilly HS

Personal Essay and Memoir

Silver Key

Rachel Lee

Chantilly HS

Journalism

Silver Key

Elsa Li

Oakton HS

Critical Essay

Gold Key

Kyra Li

TJHSST

Short Story

Honorable Mention

Yeefay Li

TJHSST

Poetry

Honorable Mention

Michelle Lin

TJHSST

Flash Fiction

Honorable Mention

Michelle Lin

TJHSST

Flash Fiction

Honorable Mention

Michelle Lin

TJHSST

Humor

Honorable Mention

Michelle Lin

TJHSST

Short Story

Gold Key

Christina Lu

TJHSST

Poetry

Honorable Mention

Zoe Lu

TJHSST

Critical Essay

Honorable Mention

Zoe Lu

TJHSST

Critical Essay

Gold Key

Gauri Manocha

Rocky Run MS

Dramatic Script

Honorable Mention

Kelly Mao

TJHSST

Flash Fiction

Honorable Mention

Christine Maubach

McLean HS

Personal Essay and Memoir

Silver Key

Jessica May

TJHSST

Personal Essay and Memoir

Honorable Mention

Jessica May

TJHSST

Poetry

Honorable Mention

Lyat Melese

TJHSST

Personal Essay and Memoir

Gold Key • American Voices Nominee

Aria Miao

Lake Braddock SS

Short Story

Silver Key

Allison Miller

McLean HS

Flash Fiction

Honorable Mention

Nuha Mohammed

TJHSST

Critical Essay

Silver Key

Nour Mokbel

West Springfield HS

Personal Essay and Memoir

Silver Key

Kiran Myneni

Madison HS

Critical Essay

Honorable Mention

Lauren Nathan

TJHSST

Critical Essay

Honorable Mention

Awida Neji

McLean HS

Short Story

Honorable Mention

Prasidha Padmanabhan

TJHSST

Personal Essay and Memoir

Silver Key

Krisha Pahwa

TJHSST

Poetry

Honorable Mention

Ellen Pan

McLean HS

Short Story

Silver Key

Ellen Pan

McLean HS

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Gold Key

Mulan Pan

TJHSST

Personal Essay and Memoir

Gold Key

Sophia Pandit

McLean HS

Poetry

Silver Key

Sophia Pandit

McLean HS

Poetry

Silver Key

Sally Park

Oakton HS

Poetry

Silver Key

Sally Park

Oakton HS

Poetry

Honorable Mention

Sally Park

Oakton HS

Poetry

Honorable Mention

Abby Powell

McLean HS

Short Story

Honorable Mention

Nora Prather

Robinson SS

Humor

Gold Key

Mingyi Qu

McLean HS

Journalism

Silver Key

Mingyi Qu

McLean HS

Journalism

Honorable Mention

Maya Rahman

McLean HS

Short Story

Honorable Mention

Maya Rahman

McLean HS

Humor

Honorable Mention

Lindsay Ren

Woodson HS

Personal Essay and Memoir

Gold Key

Zainab Rentia

Woodson HS

Personal Essay and Memoir

Honorable Mention

Zainab Rentia

Woodson HS

Personal Essay and Memoir

Honorable Mention

Angelia Richter

TJHSST

Dramatic Script

Silver Key

Isabelle (Trini) Rogando

TJHSST

Flash Fiction

Gold Key

Isabelle (Trini) Rogando

TJHSST

Poetry

Gold Key

Isabelle (Trini) Rogando

TJHSST

Poetry

Silver Key

Isabelle (Trini) Rogando

TJHSST

Personal Essay and Memoir

Silver Key

Isabelle (Trini) Rogando

TJHSST

Poetry

Silver Key

Isabelle (Trini) Rogando

TJHSST

Poetry

Silver Key

Isabelle (Trini) Rogando

TJHSST

Flash Fiction

Honorable Mention

Isabelle (Trini) Rogando

TJHSST

Poetry

Honorable Mention

Isabelle (Trini) Rogando

TJHSST

Poetry

Honorable Mention

Isabelle (Trini) Rogando

TJHSST

Poetry

Honorable Mention

Isabelle (Trini) Rogando

TJHSST

Poetry

Gold Key

Isabelle (Trini) Rogando

TJHSST

Poetry

Gold Key

Isabelle (Trini) Rogando

TJHSST

Poetry

Gold Key

Isabelle (Trini) Rogando

TJHSST

Poetry

Gold Key

Amrita Sahu

TJHSST

Poetry

Silver Key

Sreenidhi Sankararaman

TJHSST

Personal Essay and Memoir

Honorable Mention

Sruthi Sankararaman

TJHSST

Short Story

Honorable Mention

Parnika Saxena

TJHSST

Critical Essay

Gold Key

Andrew Shi

TJHSST

Poetry

Honorable Mention

Avril Silva

South County HS

Poetry

Honorable Mention

Sofia Silva De Araujo

McLean HS

Personal Essay and Memoir

Honorable Mention

Daniel Son

Oakton HS

Poetry

Honorable Mention

Xinuo Song

Longfellow MS

Journalism

Honorable Mention

Dhanbee Suh

TJHSST

Poetry

Honorable Mention

Elizabeth Sun

TJHSST

Personal Essay and Memoir

Gold Key

Lillian Sun

TJHSST

Short Story

Silver Key

Lynn Tao

TJHSST

Personal Essay and Memoir

Gold Key

Lynn Tao

TJHSST

Personal Essay and Memoir

Honorable Mention

Sadhana Thirumazhusai

TJHSST

Critical Essay

Honorable Mention

Rushil Umaretiya

TJHSST

Personal Essay and Memoir

Honorable Mention

Nivedha Vaidy

TJHSST

Critical Essay

Honorable Mention

Jessica Wang

TJHSST

Short Story

Silver Key

Jessica Wang

TJHSST

Poetry

Honorable Mention

Jessica Wang

TJHSST

Personal Essay and Memoir

Honorable Mention

Charlie Williams

Oakton HS

Novel Writing

Honorable Mention

Oliver Williams

Thoreau MS

Poetry

Honorable Mention

Daniel Yeum

Cooper MS

Flash Fiction

Honorable Mention

Chabeli Yumang

TJHSST

Flash Fiction

Honorable Mention

Chabeli Yumang

TJHSST

Poetry

Honorable Mention

Megan Zhang

TJHSST

Flash Fiction

Silver Key

Olivia Zhang

McLean HS

Personal Essay and Memoir

Honorable Mention

Olivia Zhang

McLean HS

Personal Essay and Memoir

Honorable Mention

Aileen Zhao

TJHSST

Poetry

Silver Key

Aileen Zhao

TJHSST

Poetry

Silver Key

Aileen Zhao

TJHSST

Poetry

Gold Key

Aileen Zhao

TJHSST

Poetry

Gold Key

Aileen Zhao

TJHSST

Flash Fiction

Gold Key

Angeline Zhao

Longfellow MS

Personal Essay and Memoir

Silver Key

Angeline Zhao

Longfellow MS

Flash Fiction

Silver Key