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Congratulations are in order for several Racine Unified students who received Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Established in 1923, this prestigious competition is the longest running art and writing competition for teens and is the largest source of scholarships for creative students in grades 7 – 12. Past recipients of these awards include Robert Redford, Joyce Carol Oates, Stephen King, and John Updike.

Students submit their work and the pieces are judged blindly by experts in their field. Students can earn a Gold Key (Outstanding Merit), a Silver Key (Strong Merit) or an Honorable Mention (Potential).

Here is the list of students who earned rewards, courtesy of the RUSD website:

Makensie Grube, Starbuck Middle School
Silver Key, Flash Fiction, “The Mystery Guy”
Honorable Mention, Science Fiction/Fantasy, “The Eye of the Beast”

Olivia Reitzenstein, Starbuck Middle School
Gold Key, Poetry, “Untitled On Purpose, Untitled #1, Untitled #2”
Gold Key, Poetry, “Wanting and Wishing”

Mitchell Proctor, Horlick High School
Gold Key, Poetry, “Awake, Foreign, Bright Eyes”

Andrew Spencer, Case High School
Honorable Mention, Flash Fiction, “The Back of the Net”

Timothy Underwood, Case High School
Gold Key, Poetry, “Tired In The Dark; The House; In Search; Those Who Don’t; In The Clouds”
Silver Key, Flash Fiction, “Battled”

Joshua Venne, Case High School
Silver Key, Flash Fiction, “The Mystery of the Missing Oreo”

Destiny Turner, Park High School
Honorable Mention, Poetry, “Listen to my Plea”

Timothy Underwood also earned a National Silver Medal in Poetry. He will travel to New York City for the national awards celebration at Carnegie Hall on June 6.

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