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West Branch Student Earns Multiple Writing Awards

The awards, categories, and titles are as follows respectively:

  • Silver Key for Flash Fiction (1,000 words or fewer) for her piece, “The Biggest Mistake”
  • Silver Key for Short Story (3,000 words or fewer) for her piece, “Hard”
  • Silver Key for Short Story (3,000 words or fewer) for her piece, “Screwdriven”
  • Gold Key for Short Story (3,000 words or fewer) for her piece, “This is Not a Love Story”
  • Gold Key for Personal Essay/Memoire for her piece, “1999 Volnay”
  • Gold Key for Poetry (200 lines or fewer) for her piece, “Mr. Smith’s Coffee Shop” 
  • Gold Key for Writing Portfolio (collection of up to 8 works) My Maxim


The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards are a renowned national competition with past winners including Silvia Plath, Andy Warhol, and Zac Posen, among other greats.  Within the Midwest Region at Large, the top 7 to 10 percent of submissions receive Silver Keys, and the top 5 to 7 percent earn Gold Keys.  A Silver Key is the second highest honor in one’s region (or local program), while the Gold Key is the highest honor.  A Gold Key carries with it the opportunity for national recognition, which means that four of Bri’s pieces have moved on for national consideration in New York at Carnegie Hall this June.  Results of the novel-writing competition, in which Bri entered an excerpt of one of her novels, Smolder, will be announced in mid-April.

In addition to excelling in the classroom, Bri has played varsity soccer and track, where she was First Team NBC Champion in the high jump.  She is a member of National Honor Society and The West Branch Academic Challenge team.  Bri has already been accepted to The Ohio State University and is waiting to hear good news from NYU and Pitt.  Brianna joins West Branch’s Taylor Vence (art) as a Scholastic Art and Writing Award Gold Key winner.

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