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Cooper Students Earn National Scholastic Writing Awards

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THE WOODLANDS, TX – Eleven writing students from The John Cooper School earned top awards in the Regional portion of the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Students were awarded Gold Key, Silver Key and Honorable Mentions for their work.

In writing, senior Brian Ross was given the top award, a Gold Key for his writing portfolio, titled “Flight.” He was also awarded an honorable mention in Flash Fiction for “Words Are Like Spilled Coffee.”

John Cooper School students who were awarded in the 2019 Scholastic Writing Awards were recognized by their English teachers, Will Garland (far left) and Peter Elliott (far right). Front row (left to right) are: Allie Gahr, Sarah Tindell, Avery Nakahara and Basia Siwek; back row, Caitlin Ross, Brian Ross, Jessica Young, Amelia Solomon. Maya Robles, Abby Prettyman and Ellie Drinkwine were also awarded.

Silver Keys in poetry were awarded to Gabrielle Drinkwine for “Peaches,” to Caitlin Ross for “Mulberry Boy,” and to Sarah Tindell for “Summer Stain.” A Silver Key was awarded to Maya Robles for her writing portfolio, titled “A Young Woman Writes About Growth and Discovery for Eight Pieces Straight Without Stopping.” Amelia Solomon’s short story, “Cherry Red,” was also awarded a Silver Key, as was Jessica Young’s dramatic script, “The Silent Struggle.”


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Awarded Honorable Mentions in poetry were Allie Gahr for “A Pomegranate,” Avery Nakahara for “Representation,” Abby Prettyman for “Jealousy,” Caitlin Ross for “Thought_Type.html,” and Sarah Tindell for “Still.” Abby Prettyman was also awarded an honorable mention in science fiction for “Juniper County” as was Caitlin Ross for “The Time.” Honorable mentions were awarded to Caitlin Ross for her short story, “Persephone” and writing portfolio titled “Envisioning.” Basia Siwek was awarded an honorable mention for her short story, “Growing Up.”