Scholastic Art & Writing Program

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About the Program

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the nation’s largest, longest-running, and most prestigious scholarship and recognition program for middle and high school artists and writers. Since 1923, the Awards have recognized teenagers from across the country. By receiving a Scholastic Art & Writing Award, our students join a legacy of celebrated authors and artists such as Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Stephen King, Robert Redford, and Ezra Jack Keats.

The Alabama Awards Program received more than 300 submissions in 11 categories from students across the state of Alabama. On June 29, 2022, awards were presented at the Alabama Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Program during the Gulf Coast Conference on the Teaching of Writing, in 3 award levels: Gold Key (the very best works submitted to local programs); Silver Key (stand-out works submitted to local programs that demonstrate exceptional ability); and Honorable Mention (accomplished works submitted to local programs showing great skill and potential).

The Wiregrass Writing Project, Troy University, is pleased to present the 2022 Alabama Art & Writing Awards online exhibit. This exhibition features the awards given in each category and a selection of works for your reading enjoyment.

To learn more about the Alabama Scholastic Art & Writing Awards contact us at http://artandwriting.org or 334-670-5978.

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2022 Alabama Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

Gold Key

Author: Lielle Berkowitz
Work Title: Romeo and Icarus; Why They Both Died        
School: Indian Springs School
Grade: 9
Educator: Neil Barrett

Author: Noah Epker
Work Title: Bernie Madoff's Faustian Bargain
School: St Paul's Episcopal School
Grade: 12
Educator: Karen Duren

Author: Andrew Glassford
Work Title: Drawing the Line: Objectivism and Relativism
School: Indian Springs School
Grade: 12
Educator: Renee Chow

Author: Colin Jung
Work Title: Music Sensation BTS
School: Loveless Academic Magnet Program (LAMP) High School
Grade: 11
Educator: Helen Lee

Author: Cheryl Kaye Marshall
Work Title: Immigration Under the Trump Administration
Grade: 12
Educator: Gregory Bobrinskoy

 

Silver Key 

Author: Youngju Chae
Work Title: North Korean Defectors
School: Loveless Academic Magnet Program (LAMP) High School
Grade: 11
Educator: Helen Lee

Author: Youngju Chae
Work Title: The Happiest Man on Death Row
School: Loveless Academic Magnet Program (LAMP) High School
Grade: 11
Educator: Helen Lee

Author: Youngju Chae
Work Title: Squid Game
School: Loveless Academic Magnet Program (LAMP) High School
Grade: 11
Educator: Helen Lee

Author: Andrew Glassford
Work Title: Saving Doug Forcett
School: Indian Springs School
Grade: 12
Educator: Renee Chow

Author: Colin Jung
Work Title: The Apple Ecosystem
School: Loveless Academic Magnet Program (LAMP) High School
Grade: 11
Educator: Helen Lee

Author: Jaewoo Jung
Work Title: UEFA Super League
School: Loveless Academic Magnet Program (LAMP) High School
Grade: 11
Educator: Helen Lee

Author: Yechan Kim
Work Title: Dreams
School: Loveless Academic Magnet Program (LAMP) High School
Grade: 11
Educator: Helen Lee

Author: Noah Kwon
Work Title: COVID-19 in Education
School: Loveless Academic Magnet Program (LAMP) High School
Grade: 11
Educator: Helen Lee

Author: Edward Lee
Work Title: The New Era of Robots
School: Loveless Academic Magnet Program (LAMP) High School
Grade: 11
Educator: Helen Lee

Author: Yongjun Lee
Work Title: Tokyo Olympics
School: Loveless Academic Magnet Program (LAMP) High School
Grade: 11
Educator: Helen Lee

Author: Jessica Long
Work Title: Death Penalty
School: Mountain Brook Junior High School
Grade: 9
Educator: Esther Ruth Beenken

Author: Mackenzie Park
Work Title: Fossil Fuels: A Faustian Bargain
School: St Paul's Episcopal School
Grade: 12
Educator: Karen Duren

Author: Joseph Porter
Work Title: Just Think About a World Where Everyone Plays a Sport
School: Altamont School
Grade: 8
Educator: Dan Carsen

Author: Claire Robicheaux
Work Title: Hobbit Essay
School: Mountain Brook Junior High School
Grade: 8
Educator: Esther Ruth Beenken

Author: Yuhan Zhang
Work Title: The Effects of Human Activity on Earth
School: Indian Springs School
Grade: 10
Educator: James Griffin

Honorable Mention

Author: Daye Christopher
Work Title: Literary Elements in The Scarlet Ibis
School: Mountain Brook Junior High School
Grade: 9
Educator: Esther Ruth Beenken

Author: Yechan Kim
Work Title: Magnet Schools
School: Loveless Academic Magnet Program (LAMP) High School
Grade: 11
Educator: Helen Lee

Author: Yongjun Lee
Work Title: Korean Military
School: Loveless Academic Magnet Program (LAMP) High School
Grade: 11
Educator: Helen Lee

Gold Key

Author: Katherine Chimento
Work Title: Reflection
School: Pelham High School
Grade: 11
Educator: Connie Nolen

 

 

Silver Key

Author: Ava Coggin
Work Title: Humans Are (Not) Real
Grade: 9
Educator: Lucas Jacob

Author: Ava Coggin
Work Title: Match-Making
Grade: 9
Educator: Lucas Jacob

Gold Key

Author: Ava Coggin
Work Title: Rediscovery
Grade: 9
Educator: Lucas Jacob

Author: Yuti Das
Work Title: Adjectives
School: James Clemens High School
Grade: 11
Educator: Elizabeth Vaughn

Author: Yuti Das
Work Title: paint me a blush one more time
School: James Clemens High School
Grade: 11
Educator: Elizabeth Vaughn

Author: Yuti Das
Work Title: well, statistically
School: James Clemens High School
Grade: 11
Educator: Elizabeth Vaughn

Author: Emily Duong
Work Title: Euphoria in Doses
School: Bob Jones High School
Grade: 11
Educator: Brandy Panagos

Author: Madison Hoar
Work Title: Little Love Letter
School: Alabama School Of Fine Arts
Grade: 10
Educator: TJ Beitelman

Author: Colin Jung
Work Title: Murder
School: Loveless Academic Magnet Program (LAMP) High School
Grade: 11
Educator: Helen Lee

Author: Shaams Nur
Work Title: Post Card
School: Hoover High School
Grade: 11
Educator: Kevin Zhen

Author: Lucy Gardner
Work Title: Moody Orange
School: Indian Springs School
Grade: 12
Educator: Renee Chow

 

Silver Key

Author: Emma Callander
Work Title: Spinning
School: Pelham High School
Grade: 9
Educator: Connie Nolen

Author: Youngju Chae
Work Title: 12:47
School: Loveless Academic Magnet Program (LAMP) High School
Grade: 11
Educator: Helen Lee

Author: Ava Coggin
Work Title: Assumptions
Grade: 9
Educator: Lucas Jacob

Author: Cruz Cunill
Work Title: The Scar
School: Altamont School
Grade: 8
Educator: Dan Carsen

Author: Cruz Cunill
Work Title: Everyday is Like the Next
School: Altamont School
Grade: 8
Educator: Dan Carsen

Author: Payton Daniels
Work Title: A Deadly Royal Romance
School: Altamont School
Grade: 7
Educator: Dan Carsen

Author: Yuti Das
Work Title: The Runner
School: James Clemens High School
Grade: 11
Educator: Elizabeth Vaughn

Author: London Gray
Work Title: Indigo
School: Central High School
Grade: 10
Educator: Ginger Dempsey

Author: Jaewoo Jung
Work Title: Last Goodbye
School: Loveless Academic Magnet Program (LAMP) High School
Grade: 11
Educator: Helen Lee

Author: Noah Kwon
Work Title: Feelings From a Window
School: Loveless Academic Magnet Program (LAMP) High School
Grade: 11 
Educator: Helen Lee

Author: Edward Lee
Work Title: Immortal Life
School: Loveless Academic Magnet Program (LAMP) High School
Grade: 11
Educator: Helen Lee

Author: Cheryl Kaye Marshall
Work Title: Franny the Frog
Grade: 12
Educator: Elisabeth Dahl

Author: Andy Sheng
Work Title: Factory Fans
School: Vestavia Hills High School
Grade: 9
Educator: Virginia Hackney

Author: Syla Steinman
Work Title: Stardust
School: Mountain Brook Junior High School
Grade: 9
Educator: Andrew Cotton

Author: Linda Sun
Work Title: A Portrait
School: Indian Springs School
Grade: 12
Educator: Renee Chow

Author: Veronica Zhang
Work Title: The Fortune Teller
School: Louis Pizitz Middle School
Grade: 7
Educator: Stratton Brock

Honorable Mention

Author: Emma Callander
Work Title: DROPFALL
School: Pelham High School
Grade: 9
Educator: Connie Nolen

Author: Will Sawyer
Work Title: Journal Entries for Augst 2005
School: Altamont School
Grade: 7
Educator: Dan Carsen

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Author: Shaams Nur
Work Title: The Legend of Mr. Brown
School: Hoover High School
Grade: 11
Educator: Kevin Zhen

Author: Rosa Sabel
Work Title: Camp Analysis of Finding Bigfoot
School: Indian Springs School
Grade: 11
Educator: Cal Woodruff

Author: Andy Sheng
Work Title: A Long Email Chain
School: Vestavia Hills High School
Grade: 9
Educator: Virginia Hackney

Author: Isabelle Taylor
Work Title: Euphemisms, my Mother, and Other Absurdities
School: Altamont School
Grade: 8
Educator: Dan Carsen

Silver Key

Author: Tina Gao
Work Title: Death Valley Junior High Student Government Association Suggestion Form
School: Louis Pizitz Middle School
Grade: 8
Educator: Keith Beard

Author: Cheryl Kaye Marshall
Work Title: Chompy
Grade: 12
Educator: Emily Marshall

Author: Shaams Nur
Work Title: Thanos -- Savior or Villain?
School: Hoover High School
Grade: 11
Educator: Kevin Zhen

Author: Benjamin Poczatek
Work Title: Netflix CEO Supports Trans Hate?
School: Altamont School
Grade: 7
Educator: Dan Carsen

Author: Joseph Porter
Work Title: A Sea of Red
School: Altamont School
Grade: 8
Educator: Dan Carsen

Author: Isabelle Taylor
Work Title: Waffle House Torture Plan
School: Altamont School
Grade: 8
Educator: Dan Carsen

Author: Angela Yang
Work Title: Eccentricity
School: Indian Springs School
Grade: 12
Educator: Renee Chow

Author: Veronica Zhang
Work Title: My Portfolio
School: Louis Pizitz Middle School
Grade: 7
Educator: Stratton Brock

Honorable Mention

Author: Tina Gao
Work Title: Tutrshootr Exclusive Article: How to Be a Legit Tutor and Get Rich Fast
School: Louis Pizitz Middle School
Grade: 8
Educator: Keith Beard

Author: Tracy Li
Work Title: Chocolate
School: Spain Park High School
Grade: 9
Educator: Jessica Quisenberry

Author: Maddie Winslett
Work Title: The Government's Secret
School: Altamont School
Grade: 8
Educator: Dan Carsen

Gold Key

Author: Sumin Park
Work Title: How did 'Squid Game' Become a Global Syndrome
School: Loveless Academic Magnet Program (LAMP) High School
Grade: 10
Educator: Helen Lee

 

Silver Key

Author: Tina Gao
Work Title: Not Just Another Chinese Class: The Yuren Chinese School
School: Louis Pizitz Middle School
Grade: 8
Educator: Keith Beard

 

Gold Key

Author: Emily Dean
Work Title: Cries for Help
School: Mountain Brook Junior High School
Grade: 9
Educator: Andrew Cotten

 

Silver Key

Author: Katherine Chimento
Work Title: Gabriel
School: Pelham High School
Grade: 11
Educator: Connie Nolen

Author: Ava Coggin
Work Title: Dragons: Rise of the Champions - Book 4 - Champion of Darkness
Grade: 9
Educator: Lucas Jacob

Author: Caroline Harrison
Work Title: Memories
School: Mountain Brook Junior High School
Grade: 9
Educator: Esther Ruth Beenken

Author: Spencer Smith
Work Title: Are You a Good Guy?
School: Pelham High School
Grade: 9
Educator: Connie Nolen

Gold Key

Author: Skye Anderson
Work Title: Soda Straws; Twenty-Six Odds & the Beau Idéal; En Coronation
School: Lee High School
Grade: 11
Educator: Michelle Sisson

Author: Kay Carter
Work Title: Song of the Japanese Maple
School: Mountain Brook Junior High School
Grade: 7
Educator: Esther Ruth Beenken

Author: Courtney Chen
Work Title: Escapism
School: Indian Springs School
Grade: 11
Educator: Cal Woodruff

Author: Courtney Chen
Work Title: fever dream
School: Indian Springs School
Grade: 11
Educator: Cal Woodruff

Author: Katherine Chimento
Work Title: The Third; I'm Sorry; I'm Aware; Perspectives
School: Pelham High School
Grade: 11
Educator: Connie Nolen

Author: Katherine Chimento
Work Title: Training Wheels Don't Always Do Their Job
School: Pelham High School
Grade: 11
Educator: Connie Nolen

Author: Kaitlynn Clark
Work Title: What Is Grief?
School: Sweet Water High School
Grade: 12
Educator: Amy Barnes

Author: Madeline Cobb
Work Title: Dream Girl
School: Homewood High School
Grade: 11
Educator: Amy Marchino

Author: Emmy Grace Cribbs
Work Title: The Monsters
School: Mountain Brook Junior High School
Grade: 8
Educator: Esther Ruth Beenken

Author: Edison Dao
Work Title: Poems On Familial Piety
School: Fairhope High School
Grade: 10
Educator: Brandy Weems

Author: Yuti Das
Work Title: thermodynamics
School: James Clemens High School
Grade: 11
Educator: Elizabeth Vaughn

Author: Daniel Galloway
Work Title: Regional Pull and Push
School: Homewood High School
Grade: 11
Educator: Amy Marchino

Author: Daniel Galloway
Work Title: Doublehead the Lodge
School: Homewood High School
Grade: 11
Educator: Amy Marchino

Author: Lucy Gardner
Work Title: Rose
School: Indian Springs School
Grade: 12
Educator: D'Anthony Allen

Author: Lucy Gardner
Work Title: How Do You Build A Better Man? 
School: Indian Springs School
Grade: 12
Educator: Renee Chow

Author: Harris Gewant
Work Title: These Four Men
School: Mountain Brook High School
Grade: 12
Educator: Lloyd Bricken

Author: Stella Jackson
Work Title: Hurricane Paradigm
School: Hewitt-Trussville High School
Grade: 11
Educator: Lacey deShazo

Author: Truman Journey
Work Title: Unclean
School: Homewood High School
Grade: 12
Educator: Amy Marchino

Author: Nora Khalil
Work Title: King of the World
School: Homewood High School
Grade: 12
Educator: Amy Marchino

Author: Aja Mack
Work Title: 7 stages of loving you
School: Homewood High School
Grade: 11
Educator: Amy Marchino

Author: Maria Matias
Work Title: Because I am a Woman
School: Pelham High School
Grade: 11
Educator: Connie Nolen

Author: Sofia Monteleone
Work Title: The Violin
School: Indian Springs School
Grade: 12
Educator: James Griffin

Author: Sofia Monteleone
Work Title: Through the Window
School: Indian Springs School
Grade: 12
Educator: James Griffin

Author: Sofia Monteleone
Work Title: For Want of Love
School: Indian Springs School
Grade: 12
Educator: James Griffin

Author: Samantha Morgan
Work Title: Consumption
School: Thompson High School
Grade: 12
Educator: Joni Valentine

Author: Shaams Nur
Work Title: Poetry is Dumb
School: Hoover High School
Grade: 11
Educator: Kevin Zhen

Author: Shaams Nur
Work Title: Computer
School: Hoover High School
Grade: 11
Educator: Kevin Zhen

Author: Sumin Park
Work Title: goodbye,
School: Loveless Academic Magnet Program (LAMP) High School
Grade: 10
Educator: Helen Lee

Author: Kathryn Parris
Work Title: Four
School: Homewood High School
Grade: 11
Educator: Amy Marchino

Author: Marin Poleshek
Work Title: "broken vessel"
School: Homewood High School
Grade: 11
Educator: Amy Marchino

Author: Phillip Robinson
Work Title: Love and Music
School: Pelham High School
Grade: 9
Educator: Connie Nolen

Author: Izzy Sellers
Work Title: The Perfect Student
School: Altamont School
Grade: 9
Educator: Katherine Berdy

Author: Sorina Shirley
Work Title: Remember
School: Mountain Brook Junior High School
Grade: 9
Educator: Esther Ruth Beenken

Author: Sorina Shirley
Work Title: Your Story
School: Mountain Brook Junior High School
Grade: 9
Educator: Esther Ruth Beenken

Author: Jupiter Spensley
Work Title: Teenage Dream
School: Indian Springs School
Grade: 8
Educator: Renee Chow

Author: Carter Wilson
Work Title: I Wish I Knew You
School: Mountain Brook Junior High School
Grade: 7
Educator: Esther Ruth Beenken

Author: Sarah Womack
Work Title: things separate
School: Homewood High School
Grade: 12
Educator: Amy Marchino

Author: Angela Yang
Work Title: The List
School: Indian Springs School
Grade: 12
Educator: Renee Chow

Author: Kaitlynn Clark
Work Title: And Mother Earth Breathed No More
School: Sweet Water High School
Grade: 12
Educator: Amy Barnes

Author: Sofia Monteleone
Work Title: Wasted Time
School: Indian Springs School
Grade: 12
Educator: James Griffin

Author: Sorina Shirley
Work Title: Color
School: Mountain Brook Junior High School
Grade: 9
Educator: Esther Ruth Beenken

Author: Adam Stroecker
Work Title: The Perfect Boy
School: Renaissance School of Eastern Shore
Grade: 11
Educator: JoAnn Clemmons

Author: Catherine Hinson
Work Title: Teenage Grinch
School: Indian Springs School
Grade: 9
Educator: Neil Barrett

Author: Sofia Monteleone
Work Title: Despair in the Quiet
School: Indian Springs School
Grade: 12
Educator: James Griffin

Silver Key 

Author: Alex Adams
Work Title: Warm Socks, Florida Trip
School: Pelham High School
Grade: 9
Educator: Connie Nolen

Author: Avery Biga
Work Title: The Problems of Jail
School: Indian Springs School
Grade: 9
Educator: Neil Barrett

Author: Kay Carter
Work Title: Symphony
School: Mountain Brook Junior High School
Grade: 7
Educator: Esther Ruth Beenken

Author: Ava Coggin
Work Title: Fear, Warmth, Leaves, Deep
Grade: 9
Educator: Lucas Jacob

Author: Clea Collins
Work Title: Colors
School: Pelham High School
Grade: 9
Educator: Connie Nolen

Author: Gabriela Constanza
Work Title: Beloved
School: Pelham High School
Grade: 12
Educator: Connie Nolen

Author: Emmy Grace Cribbs
Work Title: Mining Canary
School: Mountain Brook Junior High School
Grade: 8
Educator: Esther Ruth Beenken

Author: Yuti Das
Work Title: a jar of honey(bees)
School: James Clemens High School
Grade: 11
Educator: Elizabeth Vaughn

Author: Ashlee Dickey
Work Title: A World Not To Love
Grade: 8
Educator: Savanah Shows

Author: Isabel Fisher
Work Title: Intimate
School: Homewood High School
Grade: 12
Educator: Michele Cooley

Author: Caroline Harrison
Work Title: Sunk
School: Mountain Brook Junior High School
Grade: 9
Educator: Esther Ruth Beenken

Author: Grace (GaEun) Jeong
Work Title: Coffee Sweat
School: Northridge High School
Grade: 12
Educator: Mary Moore

Author: Grace (GaEun) Jeong
Work Title: The Clover from the Cracked Asphalt
School: Northridge High School
Grade: 12
Educator: Mary Moore

Author: Cade Johnson
Work Title: Moonlight's Child
School: Guntersville High School
Grade: 12
Educator: Valerie Jones

Author: Caroline Jones
Work Title: Color Poem
School: Mountain Brook Junior High School
Grade: 7
Educator: Esther Ruth Beenken

Author: Nora Khalil
Work Title: Eclipse
School: Homewood High School
Grade: 12
Educator: Amy Marchino

Author: Mary Kimbrough
Work Title: I am an American
School: Mountain Brook Junior High School
Grade: 7
Educator: Esther Ruth Beenken

Author: Mary Kimbrough
Work Title: I Need to Find a Place
School: Mountain Brook Junior High School
Grade: 7
Educator: Esther Ruth Beenken

Author: Jessica Long
Work Title: If I Were in Charge of the World
School: Mountain Brook Junior High School
Grade: 9
Educator: Esther Ruth Beenken

Author: Lily Lott
Work Title: Always Remember
School: Mountain Brook Junior High School
Grade: 9
Educator: Esther Ruth Beenken

Author: Aja Mack
Work Title: And Now
School: Homewood High School
Grade: 11
Educator: Amy Marchino

Author: Olivia Mahoney
Work Title: Color Poem
School: Mountain Brook Junior High School
Grade: 8
Educator: Esther Ruth Beenken

Author: Cheryl Kaye Marshall
Work Title: Shhhh! Sit in Silence
Grade: 12
Educator: Emily Marshall

Author: Sofia Monteleone
Work Title: I am the Thing
School: Indian Springs School
Grade: 12
Educator: James Griffin

Author: Rose O'Neal
Work Title: FIBONACCI SPIRALS
School: Gardendale High School
Grade: 12
Educator: Marlee Mitchell

Author: Hannah Oehrig
Work Title: Two Brothers
School: Alabama Connections Academy
Grade: 11
Educator: Sara Oehrig

Author: Kailyn Oppenheim
Work Title: Dreams I See
School: Indian Springs School
Grade: 11
Educator: Renee Chow

Author: Sumin Park
Work Title: she, not him
School: Loveless Academic Magnet Program (LAMP) High School
Grade: 10
Educator: Helen Lee

Author: Emma Grace Pike 
Work Title: 5- hydroxytryptamine
School: Homewood High School
Grade: 12
Educator: Amy Marchino

Author: Richard Poff
Work Title: My Greatest Enemy
School: Pelham High School
Grade: 10
Educator: Connie Nolen

Author: Marin Poleshek
Work Title: "the garden i grow"
School: Homewood High School
Grade: 11
Educator: Amy Marchino

Author: Rosa Sabel
Work Title: Look Away
School: Indian Springs School
Grade: 11
Educator: D'Anthony Allen

Author: Izzy Sellers
Work Title: Silent Screaming Pleads
School: Altamont School
Grade: 9
Educator: Katherine Berdy

Author: Izzy Sellers
Work Title: The Perfect Student Part 2
School: Altamont School
Grade: 9
Educator: Katherine Berdy

Author: Izzy Sellers
Work Title: Alive or Living
School: Altamont School
Grade: 9
Educator: Katherine Berdy

Author: Izzy Sellers
Work Title: Falling in Love
School: Altamont School
Grade: 9
Educator: Katherine Berdy

Author: Izzy Sellers
Work Title: Narcissus
School: Altamont School
Grade: 9
Educator: Katherine Berdy

Author: Samantha Setzer
Work Title: An Adventurer’s Rest
Grade: 8
Educator: Jessica Setzer

Author: Sorina Shirley
Work Title: A Promise
School: Mountain Brook Junior High School
Grade: 9
Educator: Esther Ruth Beenken

Author: Sorina Shirley
Work Title: Melt
School: Mountain Brook Junior High School
Grade: 9
Educator: Esther Ruth Beenken

Author: Sorina Shirley
Work Title: Change
School: Mountain Brook Junior High School
Grade: 9
Educator: Esther Ruth Beenken

Author: Adam Stroecker
Work Title: Human Blood
School: Renaissance School of Eastern Shore
Grade: 11
Educator: JoAnn Clemmons

Author: Whitaker Thornsberry
Work Title: In Objection of Analysis
School: Homewood High School
Grade: 12
Educator: Amy Marchino

Author: Whitaker Thornsberry
Work Title: Hail Mary
School: Homewood High School
Grade: 12
Educator: Amy Marchino

Honorable Mention

Author: Shaams Nur
Work Title: Rice Cakes
School: Hoover High School
Grade: 11
Educator: Kevin Zhen

Gold Key

Author: Joseph Barnes
Work Title: Satsuma
School: Loveless Academic Magnet Program (LAMP) High School
Grade: 12
Educator: Kwantrice White

Author: Catherine Chung
Work Title: Cowgirl in the Sky
School: W P Davidson High School
Grade: 12
Educator: Charlotte Griffin

Author: Catherine Chung
Work Title: Wildcard
School: W P Davidson High School
Grade: 12
Educator: Charlotte Griffin

Author: Ava Coggin
Work Title: A Change in Perspective
Grade: 9
Educator: Lucas Jacob

Author: Isabel Fisher
Work Title: Letters
School: Homewood High School
Grade: 12
Educator: Michele Cooley

Author: Lucy Gardner
Work Title: Even So
School: Indian Springs School
Grade: 12
Educator: Cal Woodruff

Author: Andrew Glassford
Work Title: Getting Out
School: Indian Springs School
Grade: 12
Educator: Renee Chow

Author: Andrew Glassford
Work Title: Kid Cuisine
School: Indian Springs School
Grade: 12
Educator: Renee Chow

Author: Andrew Glassford
Work Title: The Rules of the Game
School: Indian Springs School
Grade: 12
Educator: Renee Chow

Author: London Gray
Work Title: Canary
School: Central High School
Grade: 10
Educator: Ginger Dempsey

Author: Boris Gueorguiev
Work Title: Brotherly Love
School: Indian Springs School
Grade: 11
Educator: Renee Chow

Author: Yejin Han
Work Title: Dream Toward the World
School: Loveless Academic Magnet Program (LAMP) High School
Grade: 11
Educator: Rachel Dudley

Author: Karmann Houston
Work Title: More Hannahs
School: St Paul's Episcopal School
Grade: 12
Educator: Karen Duren

Author: Jaewoo Jung
Work Title: Stitches
School: Loveless Academic Magnet Program (LAMP) High School
Grade: 11
Educator: Helen Lee

Author: Jaewoo Jung
Work Title: Underdog's Miracle
School: Loveless Academic Magnet Program (LAMP) High School
Grade: 11
Educator: Helen Lee

Author: Noah Kwon
Work Title: Sunday
School: Loveless Academic Magnet Program (LAMP) High School
Grade: 11
Educator: Helen Lee

Author: Tracy Li
Work Title: Chicken
School: Spain Park High School
Grade: 9
Educator: Jessica Quisenberry

Author: Cheryl Kaye Marshall
Work Title: Parents: Quite the Tale
Grade: 12
Educator: Emily Marshall

Author: Shaams Nur
Work Title: The Ultimate Test
School: Hoover High School
Grade: 11
Educator: Kevin Zhen

Author: Kailyn Oppenheim
Work Title: It Comes and Goes in Waves
School: Indian Springs School
Grade: 11
Educator: Renee Chow

Author: Kathryn Parris
Work Title: Memories Shattered
School: Homewood High School
Grade: 11
Educator: Amy Marchino

Author: Emma Grace Pike
Work Title: Speculation
School: Homewood High School
Grade: 12
Educator: Amy Marchino

Author: Harley Roberts
Work Title: Mental health awareness in schools
School: Zion Chapel High School
Grade: 11
Educator: Ashley Storey

Author: Emma Cate Rutledge
Work Title: Instructive Absence
School: Indian Springs School
Grade: 11
Educator: Cal Woodruff

Author: Maggie Sullivan
Work Title: In The Mix
School: St Paul's Episcopal School
Grade: 12
Educator: Karen Duren

Author: Linda Sun
Work Title: Dreams in a Cold Summer
School: Indian Springs School
Grade: 12
Educator: Renee Chow

Author: Angela Yang
Work Title: Dreams and Abilities
School: Indian Springs School
Grade: 12
Educator: Renee Chow

Author: Rose O'Neal
Work Title: Nobody is Listening
School: Gardendale High School
Grade: 12
Educator: Marlee Mitchell

Author: Lucine Carsen
Work Title: Mirror, Mirror
School: Altamont School
Grade: 10
Educator: Dan Carsen

Author: Maggie Turner
Work Title: Lessons from 2020
School: Mont Cath Prep-Holy Spirit
Grade: 12
Educator: Kerri Moore

Author: Whitney Veazey
Work Title: Mama
School: Greenville High School
Grade: 12
Educator: Naomi Pryor

Author: Mason Nicks
Work Title: That Cool Black Kid
School: St Paul's Episcopal School
Grade: 12
Educator: Karen Duren

Silver Key

Author: Kay Carter
Work Title: Moab
School: Mountain Brook Junior High School
Grade: 7
Educator: Esther Ruth Beenken

Author: Youngju Chae
Work Title: How Does Getting Lost Affect Us?
School: Loveless Academic Magnet Program (LAMP) High School
Grade: 11
Educator: Helen Lee

Author: Catherine Chung
Work Title: Miss No
School: W P Davidson High School
Grade: 12
Educator: Charlotte Griffin

Author: Catherine Chung
Work Title: Plane
School: W P Davidson High School
Grade: 12
Educator: Charlotte Griffin

Author: Catherine Chung
Work Title: Rooted
School: W P Davidson High School
Grade: 12
Educator: Charlotte Griffin

Author: Catherine Chung
Work Title: Evolve
School: W P Davidson High School
Grade: 12
Educator: Charlotte Griffin

Author: Lucy Gardner
Work Title: Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving
School: Indian Springs School
Grade: 12
Educator: Renee Chow

Author: Frances Gerth
Work Title: My Mom
School: Mountain Brook Junior High School
Grade: 7
Educator: Esther Ruth Beenken

Author: Andrew Glassford
Work Title: A Christmas Deferred
School: Indian Springs School
Grade: 12
Educator: Renee Chow

Author: Anna Kate Hawkins
Work Title: How I got my name
School: Homewood High School
Grade: 10
Educator: Amy Marchino

Author: Grace Hur
Work Title: Heard
School: James Clemens High School
Grade: 10
Educator: Elizabeth Vaughn

Author: Landry Kilpatrick
Work Title: Babysitting 101
School: St Paul's Episcopal School
Grade: 12
Educator: Karen Duren

Author: Yechan Kim
Work Title: Running
School: Loveless Academic Magnet Program (LAMP) High School
Grade: 11
Educator: Helen Lee

Author: Mary Kimbrough
Work Title: Hobbies
School: Mountain Brook Junior High School
Grade: 7
Educator: Esther Ruth Beenken

Author: Noah Kwon
Work Title: Holidays
School: Loveless Academic Magnet Program (LAMP) High School
Grade: 11
Educator: Helen Lee

Author: Edward Lee
Work Title: Cross Country
School: Loveless Academic Magnet Program (LAMP) High School
Grade: 11
Educator: Helen Lee

Author: Yongjun Lee
Work Title: Why did Bitcoin become so popular?
School: Loveless Academic Magnet Program (LAMP) High School
Grade: 11
Educator: Helen Lee

Author: Cynthia Li
Work Title: The Bug Store
School: Indian Springs School
Grade: 11
Educator: James Griffin

Author: Zhaoru Li
Work Title: A Blast from the Past Ringing Deep into the Future
School: Indian Springs School
Grade: 10
Educator: James Griffin

Author: Jessica Long
Work Title: Mom Essay
School: Mountain Brook Junior High School
Grade: 9
Educator: Esther Ruth Beenken

Author: Lily Lott
Work Title: Addie
School: Mountain Brook Junior High School
Grade: 9
Educator: Esther Ruth Beenken

Author: Lily Lott
Work Title: The Summit
School: Mountain Brook Junior High School
Grade: 9
Educator: Esther Ruth Beenken

Author: Olivia Mahoney
Work Title: My Dad
School: Mountain Brook Junior High School
Grade: 8
Educator: Esther Ruth Beenken

Author: Shaams Nur
Work Title: Lakes and Calories
School: Hoover High School
Grade: 11
Educator: Kevin Zhen

Author: Kailyn Oppenheim
Work Title: Sound It Out
School: Indian Springs School
Grade: 11
Educator: Renee Chow

Author: Sumin Park
Work Title: Cultural Invasion 2021
School: Loveless Academic Magnet Program (LAMP) High School
Grade: 10
Educator: Helen Lee

Author: John Parker
Work Title: Turkey Hunting
School: St Paul's Episcopal School
Grade: 12
Educator: Karen Duren

Author: Enoch Schrum
Work Title: Change
School: Pelham High School
Grade: 10
Educator: Connie Nolen

Author: Sorina Shirley
Work Title: Our Imperfect Heros
School: Mountain Brook Junior High School
Grade: 9
Educator: Esther Ruth Beenken

Author: Erin Sides
Work Title: The Darkest Days
School: Indian Springs School
Grade: 10
Educator: Neil Barrett

Author: Colin Sisk
Work Title: My first Buck
School: Homewood High School
Grade: 10
Educator: Amy Marchino

Author: Elizabeth Tremblay-Cox
Work Title: But Why?: The Hardest Question to Answer
School: Indian Springs School
Grade: 10
Educator: Neil Barrett

Author: Carter Wilson
Work Title: Pops
School: Mountain Brook Junior High School
Grade: 7
Educator: Esther Ruth Beenken

Author: Angela Yang
Work Title: Roommate
School: Indian Springs School
Grade: 12
Educator: Renee Chow

Author: Angela Yang
Work Title: An Indifference to Death
School: Indian Springs School
Grade: 12
Educator: Renee Chow

Author: Jiayu Zhang
Work Title: Fortune
School: Indian Springs School
Grade: 10
Educator: James Griffin

Gold Key

Author: Tina Gao
Work Title: Equus Forme
School: Louis Pizitz Middle School
Grade: 8
Educator: Keith Beard

Author: Jaewoo Jung
Work Title: Unfortunate Tragedy
School: Loveless Academic Magnet Program (LAMP) High School
Grade: 11
Educator: Helen Lee

Author: Yechan Kim
Work Title: The SpacePod
School: Loveless Academic Magnet Program (LAMP) High School
Grade: 11
Educator: Helen Lee

Author: Edward Lee
Work Title: Unknown Memories
School: Loveless Academic Magnet Program (LAMP) High School
Grade: 11
Educator: Helen Lee

Author: Yongjun Lee 
Work Title: Operation Military
School: Loveless Academic Magnet Program (LAMP) High School
Grade: 11
Educator: Helen Lee

Author: Samantha Setzer
Work Title: Runeswurth And the Emperor of the Fires
Grade: 8
Educator: Jessica Setzer

Author: Veronica Zhang
Work Title: The Place
School: Louis Pizitz Middle School
Grade: 7
Educator: Stratton Brock

Author: Sarah Womack
Work Title: Liminal
School: Homewood High School
Grade: 12
Educator: Amy Marchino

Silver Key

Author: Jonas Haren
Work Title: The Story of Thunder Man and his Thunder Dog
School: Altamont School
Grade: 7
Educator: Dan Carsen

Author: Maddy Grier Hinds
Work Title: Nebula Metro
School: Altamont School
Grade: 8
Educator: Dan Carsen

Author: Maddy Grier Hinds
Work Title: Witches of Saint Rensburg
School: Altamont School
Grade: 8
Educator: Dan Carsen

Author: Alex Kirksey
Work Title: The story of the Witch
School: Altamont School
Grade: 7
Educator: Dan Carsen

Author: Hill McCluney
Work Title: An Unexpected Visitor
School: Altamont School
Grade: 8
Educator: Dan Carsen

Author: Wyatt Sawyer
Work Title: Time is Relative
School: Altamont School
Grade: 8
Educator: Dan Carsen

Author: Isabelle Taylor
Work Title: All Hallows Eve
School: Altamont School
Grade: 8
Educator: Dan Carsen

Author: Veronica Zhang
Work Title: Night Shift
School: Louis Pizitz Middle School
Grade: 7
Educator: Stratton Brock

Gold Key

Author: Jack Boehm
Work Title: How Mac Henderson Rose to the top
School: Altamont School
Grade: 7
Educator: Dan Carsen

Author: Madilyn Crye
Work Title: The box in the Window
School: Mountain Brook Junior High School
Grade: 9
Educator: Esther Ruth Beenken

Author: Gillian Goodrich
Work Title: Thoughts of The Weapon
School: Altamont School
Grade: 8
Educator: Dan Carsen

Author: Zachary Hendrickson
Work Title: The alien that ate my hand
School: Mountain Brook Junior High School
Grade: 8
Educator: Esther Ruth Beenken

Author: Madison Hoar
Work Title: A Ghost I’d Known
School: Alabama School Of Fine Arts
Grade: 10
Educator: TJ Beitelman

Author: Caroline Jones
Work Title: Character Scetch
School: Mountain Brook Junior High School
Grade: 7
Educator: Esther Ruth Beenken

Author: Hudson Jones
Work Title: Deadly Deal
School: Homewood High School
Grade: 12
Educator: Amy Marchino

Author: Timothy Li
Work Title: Photo feud
School: Vestavia Hills High School
Grade: 9
Educator: Virginia Hackney

Author: Tracy Li
Work Title: Boogers and Nails
School: Spain Park High School
Grade: 9
Educator: Jessica Quisenberry

Author: Tracy Li
Work Title: Black Water
School: Spain Park High School
Grade: 9
Educator: Jessica Quisenberry

Author: Addie Lott
Work Title: The Thrift Store
School: Mountain Brook Junior High School
Grade: 9
Educator: Esther Ruth Beenken

Author: Olivia Mahoney
Work Title: The Cookie Warning
School: Mountain Brook Junior High School
Grade: 8
Educator: Esther Ruth Beenken

Author: Hill McCluney
Work Title: Life as a Diary
School: Altamont School
Grade: 8
Educator: Dan Carsen

Author: Mariyah Reliford
Work Title: Lady of My Dreams
School: Carver Magnet Math-Sci Tech
Grade: 9
Educator: Ayana Turner

Author: Will Sawyer
Work Title: Shooting Stars
School: Altamont School
Grade: 7
Educator: Dan Carsen

Author: Anna Grace Tremblay-Cox
Work Title: Anya's Journey of Discovery
School: Indian Springs School
Grade: 8
Educator: Renee Chow

Author: Marielle Vientos
Work Title: Just a Girl
School: Alabama School Of Fine Arts
Grade: 8
Educator: Ashley Jones

Author: Bryan Zhang
Work Title: The Fox
School: Vestavia Hills High School
Grade: 9
Educator: Kevin Zhen

Author: Bryan Zhang
Work Title: Roller Coasters
School: Vestavia Hills High School
Grade: 9
Educator: Kevin Zhen

Silver Key

Author: Alex Adams
Work Title: The Crash
School: Pelham High School
Grade: 9
Educator: Connie Nolen

Author: Jack Boehm
Work Title: What its like to be a Battery
School: Altamont School
Grade:
Educator: Dan Carsen

Author: Emma Callander
Work Title: Where We Lay at Night
School: Pelham High School
Grade: 9
Educator: Connie Nolen

Author: Kay Carter
Work Title: The Dream of Two
School: Mountain Brook Junior High School
Grade: 7
Educator: Esther Ruth Beenken

Author: Madeline Cobb
Work Title: The Clandestine Nature of a Lamb
School: Homewood High School
Grade: 11
Educator: Amy Marchino

Author: Ava Coggin
Work Title: Back-to-School Night
Grade: 9
Educator: Lucas Jacob

Author: Gabriela Constanza
Work Title: Oh, What a Breeze
School: Pelham High School
Grade: 12
Educator: Connie Nolen

Author: Payton Daniels
Work Title: The Rainy Life of the Weather Named Stormy
School: Altamont School
Grade: 7
Educator: Dan Carsen

Author: Yuti Das
Work Title: A Brush
School: James Clemens High School
Grade: 11
Educator: Elizabeth Vaughn

Author: Frances Gerth
Work Title: Camp Greystone
School: Mountain Brook Junior High School
Grade: 7
Educator: Esther Ruth Beenken

Author: Ansley Gewant
Work Title: Zuko's Story
School: Indian Springs School
Grade: 9
Educator: Neil Barrett

Author: Gillian Goodrich
Work Title: The Snatcher
School: Altamont School
Grade: 8
Educator: Dan Carsen

Author: Yejin Han
Work Title: Signs for the Future
School: Loveless Academic Magnet Program (LAMP) High School
Grade: 11
Educator: Rachel Dudley

Author: Jonas Haren
Work Title: The Day in a Life of a Ceiling Fan
School: Altamont School
Grade: 7
Educator: Dan Carsen

Author: Yilan Hu
Work Title: Marching
School: Indian Springs School
Grade: 12
Educator: James Griffin

Author: Yilan Hu
Work Title: The Wake of Cicada
School: Indian Springs School
Grade: 12
Educator: James Griffin

Author: Hudson Jones
Work Title: She is Beautiful
School: Homewood High School
Grade: 12
Educator: Amy Marchino

Author: Truman Journey
Work Title: The Light on Lake LeBlanc
School: Homewood High School
Grade: 12
Educator: Amy Marchino

Author: Ruoge Li
Work Title: Eyes of Indifference
School: Vestavia Hills High School
Grade: 10
Educator: Jennifer Dalton

Author: Tracy Li
Work Title: Purple Paper
School: Spain Park High School
Grade: 9
Educator: Jessica Quisenberry

Author: Tracy Li
Work Title: Bloody Nails
School: Spain Park High School
Grade: 9
Educator: Jessica Quisenberry

Author: Shaams Nur
Work Title: Forty-Five Pounds
School: Hoover High School
Grade: 11
Educator: Kevin Zhen

Author: Shaams Nur
Work Title: Burnout
School: Hoover High School
Grade: 11
Educator: Kevin Zhen

Author: Sumin Park
Work Title: For Freedom: The Story of North Korean Defectors
School: Loveless Academic Magnet Program (LAMP) High School
Grade: 10
Educator: Helen Lee

Author: Benjamin Poczatek
Work Title: What if, MLK Edition
School: Altamont School
Grade: 7
Educator: Dan Carsen

Author: Wyatt Sawyer
Work Title: The Stories of Colors
School: Altamont School
Grade: 8
Educator: Dan Carsen

Author: Abbey Sellers
Work Title: Living with Harold Domes
School: Altamont School
Grade: 8
Educator: Dan Carsen

Author: Abbey Sellers
Work Title: Manuel and Soccer
School: Altamont School
Grade: 8
Educator: Dan Carsen

Author: Andy Sheng
Work Title: Gumballs & Pursuit
School: Vestavia Hills High School
Grade: 9
Educator: Virginia Hackney

Author: Shiloh Simmons
Work Title: Favorite Place
School: Mountain Brook Junior High School
Grade: 7
Educator: Esther Ruth Beenken

Author: Isabelle Taylor
Work Title: The Storm
School: Altamont School
Grade: 8
Educator: Dan Carsen

Author: Maddie Winslett
Work Title: Superior Species
School: Altamont School
Grade: 8
Educator: Dan Carsen

Author: Angela Yang
Work Title: The Freaks
School: Indian Springs School
Grade: 12
Educator: Renee Chow

Author: Bryan Zhang
Work Title: Feathers
School: Vestavia Hills High School
Grade: 9
Educator: Kevin Zhen

Honorable Mention

Author: Jamaal Gaines
Work Title: Defilement
School: Homewood High School
Grade: 11
Educator: Amy Marchino

Author: Grace (GaEun) Jeong
Work Title: Beyond the Door
School: Northridge High School
Grade: 12
Educator: Mary Moore

Gold Key

Author: Serene Almehmi
Work Title: The New Southern Gothic
School: Vestavia Hills High School
Grade: 12
Educator: Ben Davis

Author: Catherine Chung
Work Title: Rooted
School: W P Davidson High School
Grade: 12
Educator: Charlotte Griffin

Author: Andrew Glassford
Work Title: Musings: Memoirs and Philosophy
School: Indian Springs School
Grade: 12
Educator: Renee Chow

Silver Key

Author: Grace (GaEun) Jeong
Work Title: A Glimpse of Growth
School: Northridge High School
Grade: 12
Educator: Mary Moore

Author: Cade Johnson
Work Title: in the end
School: Guntersville High School
Grade: 12
Educator: Valerie Jones

Author: Lydia Raulerson
Work Title: My Work
School: Guntersville High School
Grade: 12
Educator: Elishaba Larson

Author: Angela Yang
Work Title: Shadows and Truth
School: Indian Springs School
Grade: 12
Educator: Renee Chow

American Voices Award badge

Author: Catherine Hinson
Work Title: Teenage Grinch
Work Category: Poetry
School: Indian Springs School
Grade: 9
Educator: Neil Barrett

Author: Mason Nicks
Work Title: That Cool Black Kid
Work Category: Personal Essay & Memoir
School: St Paul's Episcopal School
Grade: 12
Educator: Karen Duren

Author: Sumin Park
Work Title: How did ‘Squid Game’ Become a Global Syndrome?
Work Category: Journalism
School: Loveless Academic Magnet Program (LAMP) High School
Grade: 10
Educator: Helen Lee

Author: Lucy Gardner
Work Title: Moody Orange
Work Category: Flash Fiction
School: Indian Springs School
Grade: 12
Educator: Renee Chow

Author: Sofia Monteleone
Work Title: Despair in the Quiet
Work Category: Poetry
School: Indian Springs School
Grade: 12
Educator: James Griffin