We’re over the moon for the Adroit students, who are recipients of 111 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Gold Keys and 70 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Silver Keys, as well as 12 American Voices Award nominations (presented to the five best submissions in each Scholastic region).

Gold Keys are distributed to roughly the top 4-5% of student entries to the Scholastic Awards each year, while Silver Keys are distributed to roughly the following 3-5% of entries. Gold Keys are forwarded to New York City, where they undergo consideration for national Scholastic Awards.

Congratulations, and best of luck with the next stage of consideration!

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Kelsie Bennett (12), Summer Mentee (Poetry), North Carolina
Gold Key – Writing Portfolio
Gold Key – Short Story
Gold Key – Poetry

Emory Brinson (12), Summer Mentee (Poetry), North Carolina
Gold Key – Writing Portfolio
Gold Key – Poetry
Silver Key – Poetry

Adina Cazacu-De Luca (12), Summer Mentee (Creative Nonfiction), Missouri
American Voices Nomination (Best in Region) – Personal Essay/Memoir
Gold Key – Critical Essay
Gold Key – Humor
Gold Key – Personal Essay/Memoir
Silver Key – Writing Portfolio
Silver Key – Personal Essay/Memoir
Silver Key – Poetry

Stephanie Chang (12), Summer Mentee (Poetry), Canada
Gold Key – Poetry (x2)
Silver Key – Poetry (x2)

Daniel Chen (10), Summer Mentee (Poetry), New Hampshire
Gold Key – Critical Essay
Gold Key – Poetry (x2)
Silver Key – Flash Fiction (x2)
Silver Key – Journalism

Sarah Chen (11), Summer Mentee (Fiction), Massachusetts
Gold Key – Poetry (x2)
Silver Key – Flash Fiction

Marina Chen (12), Email Marketing Associate, Washington
Silver Key – Writing Portfolio
Silver Key – Poetry

Isabella Cho (12), Summer Mentee (Poetry), Illinois
American Voices Nomination (Best in Region) – Personal Essay/Memoir
Gold Key – Writing Portfolio
Gold Key – Personal Essay/Memoir
Gold Key – Poetry (x2)
Silver Key – Poetry (x2)
Silver Key – Short Story

Katherine Chou (12), Editorial Associate, Arizona
Gold Key – Writing Portfolio

Alex Clifford (12), Summer Mentee (Poetry), South Carolina
Gold Key – Short Story
Silver Key – Writing Portfolio
Silver Key – Short Story

Jude Ehmka (11), Summer Mentee (Poetry), Connecticut
Silver Key – Poetry

Taylor Fang (12), Summer Mentee (Poetry), Utah
Silver Key – Personal Essay/Memoir
Silver Key – Poetry

Nadia Farjami (12), Marketing Intern, California
Silver Key – Poetry (x2)

Sarah Feng (12), Summer Mentee (Poetry), California
American Voices Nomination (Best in Region) – Short Story
Gold Key – Short Story (x2)
Gold Key – Poetry (x3)

Hannah Han (11), Summer Mentee (Fiction), California
Gold Key – Science Fiction/Fantasy
Gold Key – Short Story
Silver Key – Poetry

Mai Hoang (12), Summer Mentee (Poetry), New Hampshire
Gold Key – Writing Portfolio
Gold Key – Flash Fiction

Carrie Hsu (12), Prose Reader, New York
Gold Key – Critical Essay
Gold Key – Flash Fiction
Silver Key – Flash Fiction (x2)
Silver Key – Personal Essay/Memoir

Heather Laurel Jensen (12), Summer Mentee (Poetry), Arizona
Gold Key – Poetry (x2)

Yasmeen Khan (10), Summer Mentee (Fiction), Texas
Gold Key – Short Story
Gold Key – Flash Fiction
Silver Key – Flash Fiction

Audrey Kim (12), Summer Mentee (Poetry), Pennsylvania
Gold Key – Writing Portfolio

Sarah Lao (11), Summer Mentee (Poetry), Georgia
Gold Key – Poetry (x4)
Silver Key – Critical Essay (x2)
Silver Key – Poetry

William Leggat (12), Summer Mentee (Fiction), Massachusetts
Gold Key – Writing Portfolio
Gold Key – Poetry
Gold Key – Short Story
Silver Key – Personal Essay/Memoir
Silver Key – Poetry

Jeffery Liao (12), Summer Mentee (Poetry) and Prose Reader, New Jersey
American Voices Nomination (Best in Region) – Poetry
Gold Key – Writing Portfolio
Gold Key – Poetry

Emily Liu (11), Summer Mentee (Poetry), Illinois
Gold Key – Poetry (x5)
Silver Key – Poetry (x5)

Cynthia Lu (12), Summer Mentee (Poetry), Massachusetts
Gold Key – Poetry (x3)
Silver Key – Writing Portfolio
Silver Key – Critical Essay

Katie Lu (10), Summer Mentee (Fiction), Pennsylvania
American Voices Nomination (Best in Region) – Short Story
Gold Key – Humor
Gold Key – Personal Essay/Memoir
Gold Key – Short Story (x3)

Rebecca Oet (12), Summer Mentee (Poetry), Ohio
Silver Key – Poetry

Maia Siegel (11), Summer Mentee (Poetry), Michigan
Gold Key – Personal Essay/Memoir
Gold Key – Poetry (x4)
Gold Key – Short Story
Silver Key – Poetry (x4)

Grace Song (11), Summer Mentee (Poetry), New York
Gold Key – Flash Fiction
Gold Key – Poetry (x2)

Yvanna Vien Tica (10), Summer Mentee (Poetry), Phillippines
Silver Key – Flash Fiction
Silver Key – Poetry

Patrick Tong (12), Summer Mentee (Poetry), Illinois
Gold Key – Critical Essay
Gold Key – Poetry (x3)
Silver Key – Poetry

Ari Vishin (12), Summer Mentee (Poetry), California
Gold Key – Writing Portfolio
Gold Key – Poetry (x2)
Silver Key – Poetry (x2)

Priyanka Voruganti (12), Summer Mentee (Poetry), Michigan
American Voices Nomination (Best in Region) – Personal Essay/Memoir
Gold Key – Personal Essay/Memoir
Gold Key – Poetry (x3)
Gold Key – Short Story (x2)
Silver Key – Writing Portfolio
Silver Key – Personal Essay/Memoir
Silver Key – Poetry (x6)

Jeffery Wang (11), Content Writer, California
Gold Key – Poetry
Silver Key – Critical Essay

Grace Wang (12), Summer Mentee (Poetry), Indiana
American Voices Nomination (Best in Region) – Dramatic Script
American Voices Nomination (Best in Region) – Poetry (x2)
American Voices Nomination (Best in Region) – Short Story
Gold Key – Writing Portfolio
Gold Key – Dramatic Script
Gold Key – Flash Fiction
Gold Key – Personal Essay/Memoir
Gold Key – Poetry (x2)
Gold Key – Short Story (x2)

Jieyan Wang (12), Summer Mentee (Fiction), Idaho
American Voices Nomination (Best in Region) – Short Story
Gold Key – Writing Portfolio
Gold Key – Short Story
Silver Key – Flash Fiction
Silver Key – Science Fiction/Fantasy

Lydia Wei (12), Summer Mentee (Poetry), Maryland
American Voices Nomination (Best in Region) – Poetry
Gold Key – Writing Portfolio (x2)
Gold Key – Poetry (x8)
Silver Key – Poetry (x5)

Judy Xie (12), Summer Mentee (Creative Nonfiction), New Jersey
Silver Key – Personal Essay/Memoir

Meimei Xu (12), Content Writer, Georgia
Gold Key – Writing Portfolio
Gold Key – Journalism
Gold Key – Personal Essay/Memoir (x2)
Gold Key – Short Story
Silver Key – Poetry

Ann Zhang (12), Summer Mentee (Fiction), Missouri
Gold Key – Writing Portfolio
Gold Key – Dramatic Script
Gold Key – Poetry
Silver Key – Poetry
Silver Key – Science Fiction/Fantasy

Gabrielle Zhu (12), Summer Mentee (Poetry), China
Gold Key – Poetry

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Peter LaBerge
Peter LaBerge

Peter LaBerge founded The Adroit Journal in 2010, as a high school sophomore. His work appears in Crazyhorse, Harvard Review, Indiana Review, Iowa Review, Kenyon Review Online, Pleiades, and Tin House, among others. He is the recipient of a 2020 Pushcart Prize.

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