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Friday, May 11, 2007


Carlisle School students win writing awards

Three Carlisle eighth graders won recognition in the 2007 Scholastic Art and Writing Award competition, Principal Paul Graseck announced to the Carlisle School Committee on May 2, and two of those students will be honored at an award ceremony in New York City. Hannah Parra won a gold key at the Massachusetts regional level for her short story, "The Night Watchman." Lauren Pauplis won gold both on the regional and the national level for her short story, "The Attic," as did Alex Kinmonth, for his short story, "Rebels." According to Scholastic's website, approximately 1,000 students are recognized each year on the national level for their work in writing and art.

Pieces draw in the reader

"Many of the submissions were excellent," said eighth-grade Language Arts teacher Marcella Pixley. She explained why she thought these three pieces were winners. "I think they stand out for their lyricism, their attention to close detail, and in all three cases, for their strong sense of place. In all three of these stories, the reader is drawn into the narrative, partially because we can "see" what the writer is weaving for us."

Honors in New York City

The Carlisle School has participated for a number of years in the art portion of the Scholastic competition. Students began to submit literary entries in 2005 when Pixley joined the school. Last year eighth-grader Alexandra Knobel won at the national level for her piece, "Nudgemama's Memory."

Both Pauplis and Kinmonth have been invited to a celebration on June 15 at Carnegie Hall in New York City. In addition, Graseck said at the meeting, Kinmouth's piece is being considered for publication in Scholastic's Spark magazine. Pixley said all three pieces and other Scholastic submissions will be published in Carlisle's literary magazine Pandora's Box.

The contest is open to seventh and eighth graders, but so far only Carlisle eighth graders have participated. Information about the Scholastic awards program is available at:

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