February 6 2017

Burlington Students' Artwork and Writings Recognized by Boston Globe

A good number of Burlington students were recently recognized for their artwork and writings by the Boston Globe.


“Congratulations to the Burlington students who have received individual Gold Keys, Silver Keys and Honorable Mentions at the annual Boston Globe Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition,” a blog post by BHS Principal Mark Sullivan says.


The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have existed since 1923 and the contest affords students across the country the opportunity to be recognized for their talents, Sullivan explains. At the regional level, students are selected to receive the Gold Key, the Silver Key, or Honorable Mention.  Additionally, each state nominates five selected Gold Key level awards as American Visions & Voices Nominees to be further judged with the hope of achieving the distinction of “Best of Show”.  


At the national level, regional Gold Key works will advance to be judged for gold or silver medals.  


“Congratulations to all the 2017 Burlington High School and Marshall Simonds Middle School award winners!” he said.


Here are the list of students who received awards”



High School


  • Yasmine Charrak,  Photography, Silver Key for “Crisp Seaport”

  • Angela DeSousa, Photography, Honorable Mention for “Secrecy”

  • Gabrielle Desrochers, Mixed Media, Honorable Mention for a sewn self-portrait

  • Marley Gainley, Drawing & Illustration, Honorable Mention for Gabby

  • Emily Hopkins, Fashion, Honorable Mention for “Medical Mask Dress”

  • Jessica James, Photography, Silver Key for “Three Peppers in a Pod”

  • Owen Magnuson, Digital Art, Honorable Mention for Self Portrait

  • Sarah Owens, Photography, Honorable Mention for “Lost in the Crowd”

  • Josephine Samarjian, Painting, Honorable Mention for 5W2173

  • Katherine Scott, Photography, Honorable Mention for “Ebb and Flow”


Grade 8 (MSMS Summer Photo Camp)


  • Julia Papasodoro (currently gr. 9), Photography, Silver Key for “Brad the Artist”


Grade 7


  • Anika Negi, Ceramics & Glass, Silver Key for Octopus Box

MSMS Photography Club


  • Kylie Tortorici, gr. 7,  Photography, Silver Key for “Lost”

  • Lee Singer, gr. 7,  Photography,  Honorable Mention for “Sea of Cranberries”




High School


  • Sidra K. Afzal, Poetry, Silver Key for “Sticks and Stones”

  • Sidra K. Afzal, Poetry, Honorable Mention for “lol nope.”

  • Laura Frustaci, Flash Fiction, Silver Key for "Red Roses"

  • Benedict Grubner, Journalism, Honorable Mention for “Wrong Turn: How the BHS 1:1 Technology Program Has Failed Us”

  • Benedict Grubner, Poetry, Silver Key for “Who’s Hatin’ Now?”

  • Laura Harder, Humor, Honorable Mention for “Thirteenth Year”


Grade 8


8th Grade BEAM students include the following award recipients:


  • Cora Davison, Short Story, Silver Key for “The Way It Ended”  

  • Kristopher Poirier, Sci Fi/Fantasy, Honorable Mention for “Journey to Alpha Centauri”

  • Sarah Pottle, Short Story, Honorable Mention for “Euphoria”   


7th Grade BEAM students include the following award recipients:


  • Dustin Zhang, Humor, Gold Key for “An Animal’s Ultimate Guide to Life”  

  • Zara Ahmed, Flash Fiction, Silver Key for “Melli”  

  • Elena Latsis, Sci Fi/Fantasy, Honorable Mention for “The Others”  


Regional awards ceremony: Gold and Silver Key winners and their teachers are welcome to participate in the Massachusetts Scholastic Art and Writing Awards regional awards celebration, which will be held on Saturday, March 11 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.


The Gold Key winning pieces will now continue on electronically to New York to compete against all the other Gold Key Winners from the other regions of the country. At the National level, work can win a GOLD MEDAL or a SILVER MEDAL.  National Awards are announced in Mid-March.

Click here to see the blog, which includes examples of the students’ work.


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