Susquehannock 2020 Scholastic Art & Writing Winners
Recently, members of the SHS Creative Writing Club & Literary Magazine submitted works of art and writing to the 2020 South Central Pennsylvania Scholastic Art & Writing Competition. Over 2,500 entries were received from 70 school districts, and the following Susquehannock students were recognized for their works:
Ian Achterberg -- Honorable Mention -- Photography -- Screaming
Ian Achterberg -- Honorable Mention -- Photography -- White on Black
Catherine Conrad -- Honorable Mention -- Short Story --”Leeches”
Reagan Gorham -- Gold Key -- Short Story -- “The Blindest Eyes”
Reagan Gorham -- Honorable Mention -- Short Story -- “Keely”
AJ Marusko -- Honorable Mention -- Essay -- ”Living Your Life Without an Audience”
AJ Marusko -- Honorable Mention -- Sculpture -- Surf's Up
Bea Angela Ricafort -- Gold Key -- Science Fiction & Fantasy -- “Vermilion”
Hannah Timlin -- Honorable Mention -- Poetry -- “Thoughts and Prayers”
Hannah Timlin -- Honorable Mention -- Poetry -- “Seasons' Ode”
Junior Reagan Gorham received a gold key for her short story “The Blindest Eyes”. The story is told from the perspective of a German woman reflecting on her teenage years in 1940s Germany. She describes her relationship with a boy in the Hitler Youth as a teenager, and how blind her and other children around her were to the horrors of war happening around them. Gorham said, "This is my second gold key in the short story category, and I am beyond excited to win this award! My goal is to win a medal at the national level before I graduate.” “Competing nationally means everything to me, as I plan to pursue a career in creative writing after high school,” she added.
Freshman Bea Angela Ricafort also received a gold key for her story “Vermillion”. "Vermillion" humanizes Life and Death, focusing on their individual struggles. Despite their differences, they share regrets and hatred, which manifest into their ultimate goal -- freeing themselves from the lives that they once valued so much. “Winning a Gold Key for my short story makes me proud of my writing. I was so happy when my short story moved onto the national level of the competition, as it meant that my writing was capable of pulling other people into the world that I created,” said Ricafort. “Simply writing "Vermillion" was an experience that helped to improve my skills as an author and continued to grow my love of words,” she added.
As winners, these students will be invited to a recognition ceremony in March at the State Museum in Harrisburg. As recipients of gold keys, Reagan Gorham and Bea Ricafort will be advancing to the national competition. This is the fifth consecutive year that students from Susquehannock have advanced to the national contest. If you see any of these students, please congratulate them on their accomplishments!