The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards recognized three staff writers of Mason High School’s student newspaper, The Chronicle, on February 5. Out of approximately 1,835 submissions, The University of Iowa’s Belin-Blank Center selected MHS juniors Juliana Discher, Jonathan McCollough and Jessica Sommerville.
McCollough was awarded a Gold Key for his piece, “Democrat presidential candidate Sanders gaining popularity among young voters.” Discher received two Silver Keys for her pieces, “Feminism debate rages, fueled by ‘Meninist’ Twitter account” and “Black or White.” Additionally, Discher received an Honorable Mention for her story, “No urinal dividers in men’s restroom causes unspoken etiquette.” Sommerville received a Silver Key for her story, “Marijuana legalization goes up in smoke after resounding loss in November 3 election.”
Two graphic designers for The Chronicle were also honored. Madison Krell received a Silver Key for her editorial cartoon, “Peace on Earth,” while Kate Madigan was awarded a Silver Key for her digital art titled “Through the Mirror.”
Through the Scholastic Awards, teens in grades 7 through 12 from public, private, or home schools can apply in 29 categories of art and writing for their chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited and published. Students across America submitted nearly 320,000 original works during the 2016 program year across 29 different categories of art and writing.