College Preparatory School for Girls Grades 3-12

16 Upper School Students Win 51 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards; Esther Kim '21 Earns Prestigious American Voices Nomination

Congratulations to the 16 Upper School students who earned a total of 51 Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for their outstanding creative works. Some 11 artists earned 13 honors for their ceramics, paintings, and photographs, while five writers amassed 38 awards for pieces spanning a wide range of genres.

Of special note, Esther Kim ’21 received one of just five American Voices Nominations awarded across the whole judging area.

Students in Holton’s zone submitted more than 1,800 writing and 2,700 visual arts submissions.

All local award winners will be honored at online awards ceremonies this spring. Gold Key recipients will advance to judging for the national-level Scholastic Writing Awards, which for nearly 100 years have recognized the talents and efforts of creative teens across the U.S.

We congratulate all our awardees, as well as all students who entered, and their exceptionally talented and dedicated teachers!

A full list of awardees appears below.

Read Esther Kim’s American Voices Nomination-winning poem, “RESURRECTION,” here.

View a slideshow of some of our visual artists’ award-winning work:


Sophia Hall ’23
6 Gold Keys, Silver Key, 3 Honorable Mentions
Flash Fiction: Gold Key, 3 Silver Keys
Short Story: 2 Honorable Mentions
Critical Essay: Honorable Mention

Esther Kim ’21
American Voices Nomination, Gold Key, 6 Silver Keys, 7 Honorable Mentions
Writing Portfolio: 2 Gold Keys

Mairead Levitt ’21
Short Story:
2 Honorable Mentions

Avery Sion ’21
Personal Essay/Memoir:
Honorable Mention

Josephine Stark ’21
Critical Essay:
Honorable Mention


Annika Chidambaran ’21: Honorable Mention
Natalie DeSarbo ’23: Silver Key
Monelli Esfandiary ’21: Honorable Mention
Hailey Gabron ’22: Gold Key
Lily Meierhoefer ’22: Honorable Mention
Maya Solomon ’22: 2 Silver Keys


Rin Iimi ’22: Honorable Mention
Katherine Yoon ’23: 2 Honorable Mentions


Stephanie Mo ’23: Silver Key
Sara War ’22: Honorable Mention
Lucy Weems ’23: Silver Key