Creative writing Scholastic awards

January 28, 2016

Creative writing students receive top marks in Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

On Jan. 19, the annual Scholastic Arts & Writing Awards announced their West Central Michigan 2016 Art Award recipients, and Interlochen Arts Academy’s Creative Writing students stood out as a major winners.

 “One thing I’m really happy about is that we had a wide range of students (from first-years to post-grads) place in a wide range of categories—from flash fiction, short story, poetry, and dramatic script, to sci-fi/fantasy, personal essay/memoir, critical essay, and journalism,” said David Griffith, director of Interlochen’s Creative Writing division.

Eighteen of Interlochen’s creative writing majors accumulated a whopping 95 total awards, including 17 prestigious Gold Keys. In addition, two juniors, Lizzie Lemieux (the 2015 Virginia Ball Scholarship winner) and Alexa Curnutte, had their original works nominated for the American Visions & Voices award. Lemieux had four pieces nominated and Cumutte had one.

In the award categories, Gold Key refers to the highest level of achievement on the regional level. Approximately 7-10 percent of all regional submissions are recognized with Gold Key Awards and all are considered for national-level recognition. Impressively, in the American Visions & Voices category, only five works are selected out of all Gold Key works as the “Best in Show” for each region, and Interlochen’s Lemieux and Cumutte account for two of these five.

Since 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have recognized the vision, ingenuity and talent of the nation's youth, and provided opportunities for creative teens to be celebrated. The Awards are presented by The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, whose mission is to identify students with exceptional artistic and literary talent and present their remarkable work to the world through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Students receive opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication, and scholarship.

Interlochen is incredibly proud of these award-winning students, and congratulates them along with the entire Creative Writing department.