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Fourteen RBR VPA Majors Collected Dozens of Accolades for Creative Writing

Fourteen RBR VPA Majors Collected Dozens of Accolades for Creative Writing

National Scholastic winners Nicholette Glenn – and Alexandra Lewis flanking their creative writing teacher Meaghan McDavitt.  Red Bank Regional (RBR) Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) Creative Writing majors recently learned that they earned nearly two dozen regional and two national awards in the prestigious 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards sponsored by the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. Students from around the world received awards from over 340,000 submitted works. Nicholette Glenn – and Alexandra Lewis were the National winners each earning a Silver Medal.

              The names of the winners and their awards follow:


Scholastic Writing Regional Awards (pictured):

  • Grace Davidson, Shrewsbury, two Honorable Mentions
  • Nicholette Glenn, Red Bank, Gold Key & Silver Key
  • Elizabeth Heinemann, Shrewsbury, Gold Key & Silver Key
  • Penelope Hill, Little Silver, Silver Key & Honorable Mention
  • Alexandra Lewis, Red Bank, 3 Gold Keys
  • Julia Merola- Gold Key & Honorable Mention
  • Gabriela Ortiz, Red Bank, Honorable Mention & Silver Key
  • Katelin Rowe- 2 Honorable Mentions
  • Lilly Thygeson, Little Silver, Silver Key
  • Madison Young, Bradley Beach, Silver Key & Honorable Mention
  • Aurelia Whitehead, Belmar, Honorable Mention 
  • Morgan Almasy, Little Silver, Gold Key
  • Gabrielle Jamieson, Bradley Beach, Honorable Mention


From the National Arts and Writing Awards website, “Since 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have recognized the vision, ingenuity, and talent of our nation’s youth, and provided opportunities for creative teens to be celebrated. Each year, increasing numbers of teens participate in the program, and become a part of our community—young artists and writers, filmmakers and photographers, poets and sculptors, video game artists and science fiction writers—along with countless educators who support and encourage the creative process.”