Blue Ridge Celebrates 8th-Grade Writers

Blue Ridge Middle School earned a Writing Achievement Award because of the performance of its eighth graders.

The students submitted entries in the Scholastic Writing Awards Competition along with more than 1,800 others in the others in the DC Metro Area. The program recognizes the work of seventh through 12th graders throughout the United States and provides three awards for regional level competition: honorable mention, silver key, and gold key.

Eleven Blue Ridge students won awards: Benjamin Demase, gold key; Magdalena “Maggie” Alicea, Sasha Danjczek, Chance Harcrow, Evelyn Mccann, and Simon Teague, silver key; and Spencer Dyson, Kyle Galletta, Ava Olechna and Maxwell Riley, honorable mentions. 

In addition, all the eighth graders wrote a poem to submit to the Creative Communications Annual Poetry Contest. The top entries are selected for publication in an anthology and 199 students (63% of the grade) had their work chosen.

Because of the number and quality of the entries, Creative Communications selected Blue Ridge for a Writing Achievement Award, given to the top 10% of schools that entered the contest. 

“The preparation and work the teachers and students commit to this process prior to submissions is so impressive,” said Principal Brion Bell. “Edit, improve, repeat is how great writing is made. Bravo to the work our students and teachers put into this endeavor. These awards are awesome and represent the end product of many opportunities for authentic writing.”

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