Newark Academy’s 2019 Scholastic Writing Award Winners

This year, 15 NA students across all grades earned 31 Scholastic Writing Awards in the following categories flash fiction, humor, personal essay/memoir, poetry, short story, Senior Writing Portfolio, and an American Voices Award nomination. NA was led by Unnathy Nellutla ’19, who was given the American Voices Medal, the highest regional honor and only given to one writer from each region. Congratulations to the following students:
HONORABLE MENTION distinction, which shows “tremendous creative promise and places the student in the top 10 – 15 percent of the New Jersey region,” was awarded to: Annika Inampudi ’21 (Flash Fiction), Amaani Jetley ’22 (Short Story), Isabela McNeilly-Anta ’23  (Personal Essay/Memoir), Unnathy Nellutla ’19 (Short Story and Poetry), Samantha Parelli ’21 (Flash Fiction), Ava Sharahy ’20 (Poetry), Lily Sternlieb ’24 (2 Poetry), Michaela Wang ’21 (Personal Essay/Memoir) and Kaitlin Weiss ’21 (Poetry).
THE SILVER KEY AWARD, which indicates “high honors on the regional level and places students in the top 7 – 10 percent of their region,” was earned by: James Blume ’19 (Personal Essay/Memoir and Senior Writing Portfolio), Annika Inampudi ’21 (Poetry), Nikita Narayanan ’21 (Poetry), Jamie Paradis ’20 (Poetry), Aashna Parameshwar ’20 (Humor), Lily Sternlieb ’24 (Flash Fiction, Poetry and Short Story) and Kaitlin Weiss ’21 (Poetry).
THE GOLD KEY AWARD, which is “the highest level of achievement on the regional level and places students in the top 5 – 7 percent of their region,” was earned by Annika Inampudi ’21 (Flash Fiction), Amaani Jetley ’22 (Short Story), Olivia Mudrick ’20(Flash Fiction and Poetry), Nikita Narayanan ’21 (Poetry), Unnathy Nellutla ’19 (2 Poetry), Ava Sharahy ’20 (Poetry), Emily Tang ’21 (Poetry) and Michaela Wang ’21(Humor).
Gold Key works automatically advance to national judging. In recent years Scholastic has received about 350,000 entries. Roughly 20,000 (6 percent) of entries earn regional Gold Keys, of which approximately 5 percent were selected for national recognition. Less than 1percent of total Scholastic entries receive National Medals. Good luck, Gold Key winners!
AMERICAN VOICES NOMINEE: The American Voices Medal, the highest regional honor, is given to one writer from each region. Unnathy was selected by judges as one of five nominees from New Jersey. A panel of jurors in New York City will now select one of the five to receive the American Voices Medal. The winner will be celebrated during National Events and at the National Exhibition in New York City. Congratulations Unnathy and good luck!