This year the ELP students once again participated in the Scholastic Writing Contest.  Each year, I am amazed at the talent these students put forth as they enter this contest. It takes courage and dedication to submit to such a high leveled competition.

**We are privileged to have an American Voices and Vision winner- Ella Hatfield.  The American Voices & Visions Medals, the highest regional honors, are given to one writer and one artist from each region. 

Selection Process: Five works of writing and five works of art from each region are selected by local judges as American Voices & Visions nominees, who are then celebrated in local exhibitions and ceremonies. From the pool of nominees, a panel of jurors in New York City selects one writer and one artist from each region to receive an American Voices Medal or an American Visions Medal, a non-financial highest regional honor. These Medalists are celebrated during National Events and at the National Exhibition in New York City.

**Gold Key
The very best works submitted to local programs. Gold Key works are automatically considered for national-level recognition

**Silver Key
Stand-out works submitted to local programs that demonstrate exceptional ability.

**Honorable Mention
Accomplished works submitted to local programs showing great skill and potential.

This year’s winners are:
7 John Artz– Journalism Gold Key
8 Alice Zhang– Short Story Honorable Mention
8 Natalie Hansen- Novel Writing Honorable Mention
Jaden Wilson- Novel Writing Gold Key
8 Chloe Berns– Poetry Gold Key
Kalyn Schmidt- Dramatic Script Silver Key
9 Ella Hatfield- Sc Fi/Fantasy Gold Key and American Voices Nominee
10 Sarah Lennon Dramatic Script Gold Key
–Mendy Moritz, 6-12 ELP Coordinator