From the left, in the first row are 2014 Scholastic Arts & Writing Award winners Megan Hill, Caroline Withers and Jade Miller. In the second row, from the left, are Laura Duntley, Amanda Duntley, Danielle Levinson, Maddie Byer and Lainie La Ronde.
Manlius 14 Fayetteville-Manlius High School student writers were recently recognized for excellence in writing in the 2014 Scholastic Arts & Writing Awards.
Central New York students compete in the Northeast Writing Region-at-Large, which includes communities from Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. F-M students competed in categories including poetry, short fiction and flash fiction. Seniors were allowed to enter a writing portfolio.
The awards are presented annually by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. Teens in grades seven through 12 can apply in 28 categories of art and writing for the chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited or published.
Submissions are juried by luminaries in the visual and literary arts, some of whom are past award recipients, according to the awards’ website. Panelists look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.
Caroline Withers, senior: Gold Key for her poems, “Bitter Cold” and “Regret.”
Laura Duntley, senior: Silver Key for her poetry collection.
Kurt Militi, senior: Honorable Mention for his poem, “Bound.”
Haley Williams, senior: Honorable Mention for her dramatic script, “The Voice.”
Celine Chen, junior: Silver Key for her poetry collection.
Danielle Levinson, junior: Silver Key for her poem, “Diamonds in the Sky.”
Shirley Zhang, junior: Gold Key for her short story, “Coming Home;” Honorable Mention
for her short story, “Paradise Found.”
Jade Miller, junior: Honorable Mention for her poetry collection.
Mathieson Byer, junior: Silver Key for her poetry collection; Honorable Mention for her
flash fiction, “Nameless.”
Lainie La Ronde, sophomore: Gold Key for her poems, “Fracture” and “Naked Truth;”
Silver Key for her short story, “La Douleur Exquise.”
Mya Eisenberg, sophomore: Two Gold Keys for her poems, “Masterpiece of Time” and “Still;” two Honorable Mentions for her poems, “Visitor” and “You Don’t Even Know There’s Poetry About You.”
Megan Hill, sophomore: Honorable Mention for her poems, “Shivering” and “Soft.”
Sophia Jones, sophomore: Honorable Mention for her poem, “Savior.”
Amanda Duntley, freshman: Honorable Mention for her poem, “The End.”