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Friday, February 08, 2013

FCPS Students Earn 113 Regional Awards in 2013 Scholastic Writing Awards Competition

Seventy-six high school students from 22 Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) have won a total of 113 regional awards in the 2013 Scholastic Writing Awards competition sponsored by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers and administered locally by Writopia Lab. A reading for regional winners will be held at Barnes and Noble at 555 12th Street N.W. in Washington, D.C., from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 3. Regional winners will be recognized from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19, at the Rosslyn Spectrum Theater, 1611 N. Kent St., Arlington.

Two FCPS students were among five regional winners nominated for the American Voices award: Aline Dolinh of Oakton High School in the Poetry category, and Anwar Omeish of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) in the Personal Essay-Memoir category. This category recognizes Gold Key works as the Best of Show for each region.

Of the FCPS winning entries, 13 received Gold Key awards, 39 received Silver Key Awards, and 61 received Honorable Mentions for outstanding work in dramatic scripts, flash fiction, humor, journalism, personal essays-memoirs, persuasive writing, poetry, short stories, science fiction-fantasy, and writing portfolios. Winners came from Centreville, Chantilly, Fairfax, Langley, Lee, Madison, Marshall, McLean, Oakton, South County, Stuart, West Springfield, and Westfield High Schools; Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology; and Hayfield, Lake Braddock, and Robinson Secondary Schools; Kilmer, Rocky Run, Sandburg, Thoreau, and Twain Middle Schools. Those works that received Gold Key awards will be forwarded to the national level competition.

For the second consecutive year, some of the top regional writing will be published in a collection of DC’s best teen writing, Teen Voices of the DC Scholastic Writing Awards. The student writers will design and edit the collection themselves. 

A complete list of all FCPS regional winners is available online.

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