The Mississippi School of the Arts’ Literary Arts Department captured 108 total Scholastic Writing awards for the 2022 regional competition. The competitive event, held every year by Scholastics Art and Writing, encourages high school students from all over the country to submit creative writings and artwork for, potentially, national recognition. MSA’s Literary program instructor is Clinnesha Sibley.

Sydney Knotts, a senior, received 2 Silver Keys for Critical Essays through her English Class (Tobie Lambert, instructor): An Analysis of “Your New Boyfriend” by Wilbur Soot; What Does It Mean to Have a Home? Sydney also received 3 Honorable Mentions for Critical Essays: Neurodiversity in Education; How Autism Impacts Secondary Students; The Influences and Impacts of K-pop and Psychedelic Rock. 

Overall, students captured 35 Gold Keys, 40 Silver Keys, and 33 Honorable Mentions in the Mississippi Regional Scholastic Writing Competition.

The awards ceremony will be held April 10, 2022, at the Eudora Welty House in Jackson, MS.

Other awards from the Literary Arts department as of February, 2022, include:

Diego Mendez: William Winter Institute’s Community of the Future Creatives Showcase, Winning Personal Narrative. Taylor Lafayette: William Faulkner Literary Competition, 2nd Place. Sydney Knotts: William Faulkner Literary Competition, 3rd Place. Locklyn Wilchynski: Ephemera Prize, Honorable Mention. Jordan Brown: Ephemera Prize: Honorable Mention. Sara Hebert: American High School Poets Just Poetry National Quarterly, Winner. Matthew McLain: The Next Generation High School Writers, Poetry Winner. Morgan Douglas: Poetry Out Loud In-School Contest Winner.

Best of Mississippi Honors

  • Best of Quality Writing – The Phoenix Literary Journal Volume 13 (Winner)
  • Best Poem – Sydney Knotts (Finalist)
  • Best Flash Fiction – Lillian Denney (Finalist), Sara Hebert (Finalist), Madison White (Finalist)
  • Best Short Fiction – Sydney Knotts (Finalist)
  • Best Narrative Non-Fiction – Sara Hebert (Finalist), Sydney Knotts (Finalist), Diego Mendez (Finalist)
  • Best Dramatic Script – Diego Mendez (Winner), Lillian Denney (Finalist), Sydney Knotts (Finalist)

Mississippi Theatre Association High School Playwriting Competition

  • Sydney Knotts, 1st Place
  • Lauren Stamps, 2nd Place
  • Taylor Lafayette, 3rd Place
  • Lillian Denney, Finalist

University of Mississippi Writing Competition

  • Jordan Brown – “Covalescence of a Bloom”, 3rd Place in high school poetry.
  • Lauren Stamps – “Take as Much Time as You Need,” 2nd Place in high school short story.

#ENOUGH Plays to End Gun Violence: Taylor Lafayette, Winner

American Voices Nomination

Student

Category

Title

Hunter Nix (Jr) Poetry The Promethean Collection

Senior Portfolio Winners

Student

Award

Title

Sara Hebert (Sr) Gold Key Proud of the Product
Sydney Knotts (Sr) Gold Key Connectedness: A Short Fiction Collection
Sydney Knotts (Sr) Silver Key Conveyance: A Literature Collection
Taylor Lafayette (Sr) Silver Key Who am I to Love?
Diego Mendez (Sr) Silver Key Happiness’ Swan Song
Lauren Stamps (Sr) Silver Key A Journey Through Imagination

Gold Key Awards

Student

Category

Title

Jordan Brown (Jr) Poetry For the Love, For the Culture
Adele Bryant (Jr) Short Story Pearl
Sara Hebert (Sr) Poetry Church Clothes
Sara Hebert (Sr) Poetry chrome history after enduring the same heartbreak for the 254th time
Sara Hebert (Sr) Poetry i met god in the woods
Sydney Knotts (Sr) Novel Writing Plum
Sydney Knotts (Sr) Novel Writing Remorse
Sydney Knotts (Sr) Personal Essay/Memoir Remnants
Sydney Knotts (Sr) Poetry Inscriptions, a sestina
Sydney Knotts (Sr) Poetry Odes and an Elegy
Sydney Knotts (Sr) Short Story Rumble
Sydney Knotts (Sr) Short Story The Spectrum of You, From Me
Sydney Knotts (Sr) Short Story To Cast Pearls Before Swine
Taylor Lafayette (Sr) Dramatic Script Don’t Nun Get Old But Clothes
Taylor Lafayette (Sr) Poetry Elegy for Beatrice
Taylor Lafayette (Sr) Short Story Little Brown Girl (A Parable)
Diego Mendez (Sr) Poetry You Laugh
Hunter Nix (Jr) Novel Writing Teenage Stupidity
Hunter Nix (Jr) Novel Writing The End of Something, The Beginning of Everything
Hunter Nix (Jr) Personal Essay/Memoir A Hope of Healing
Hunter Nix (Jr) Poetry Drop by Drop
Hunter Nix (Jr) Poetry The Promethean Collection
Hunter Nix (Jr) Short Story The Station
Worth Novinski (Jr) Critical Essay An objection to objectivism
Lauren Stamps (Sr) Poetry Sweet Like Peaches; A Sestina
Lauren Stamps (Sr) Science Fiction/Fantasy Facility Charm
Lauren Stamps (Sr) Short Story A Funeral and an Ice Cream Cake
Lauren Stamps (Sr) Short Story A Heart for Daddy
Emma Stapp (Jr) Dramatic Script Selfish Creatures
Emma Stapp (Jr) Poetry Barren
Madison White (Sr) Poetry Breakthrough Persona
Madison White (Sr) Poetry In Need of Saving
Madison White (Sr) Science Fiction/Fantasy Honey and Carcass
Locklyn Wilchynski (Jr) Flash Fiction A Monument of Sunshine
Locklyn Wilchynski (Jr) Poetry I Don’t Like Poetry

Silver Key Awards

Student

Category

Title

Adele Bryant (Jr) Personal Essay/Memoir Dearest Womanhood
Adele Bryant (Jr) Poetry Southern Observance
Lillian Denney (Sr) Dramatic Script Ghost Hugs
Morgan Douglas (Jr) Poetry I Hope
Morgan Douglas (Jr) Poetry Ode to the Fates
Joseph Hanna (Jr) Poetry November kudzu sea
Sara Hebert (Sr) Flash Fiction Scattered Amnesia
Sara Hebert (Sr) Poetry stop falling in love in october
Sara Hebert (Sr) Poetry Subtleties of a Traveller’s Prolonged Wayponts
Sydney Knotts (Sr) Novel Writing Alignment
Sydney Knotts (Sr) Personal Essay/Memoir Hymns of an Adrift Marine
Sydney Knotts (Sr) Personal Essay/Memoir The Things You’ll Miss
Sydney Knotts (Sr) Poetry The Moon Rabbit Weeps
Sydney Knotts (Sr) Critical Essay An Analysis of “Your New Boyfriend” by Wilbur Soot
Sydney Knotts (Sr) Critical Essay What Does It Mean to Have a Home?
Taylor Lafayette (Sr) Dramatic Script Cherry Chapstick
Taylor Lafayette (Sr) Dramatic Script Reminiscent Affliction
Taylor Lafayette (Sr) Flash Fiction D.U.I
Taylor Lafayette (Sr) Poetry Don’t Touch
Taylor Lafayette (Sr) Short Story The Same as You
Diego Mendez (Sr) Flash Fiction A Mother knows
Diego Mendez (Sr) Novel Writing Chasing Shadows
Hunter Nix (Jr) Flash Fiction The Meadow
Hunter Nix (Jr) Poetry Empowerment
Hunter Nix (Jr) Poetry Life, Wrapped in Nighttime
Hunter Nix (Jr) Poetry Tree Lines and Street Signs
Hunter Nix (Jr) Short Story The Forest Known by Heart
Simone Smith (Jr) Dramatic Script Lunar Cries
Simone Smith (Jr) Poetry The White Man’s Eyes
Simone Smith (Jr) Short Story A Meal To Remember
Lauren Stamps (Sr) Science Fiction/Fantasy Stranded With the Enemy
Emma Stapp (Jr) Poetry The Death of a Writer
Emma Stapp (Jr) Short Story The Broken Bough
Emma Stapp (Jr) Short Story To My Son
Madison White (Sr) Flash Fiction Scared to Fly
Madison White (Sr) Poetry An Elegy
Madison White (Sr) Poetry the Act of Healing
Madison White (Sr) Poetry An Ode to Biting Fingernails
Madison White (Sr) Poetry letters to your fantasies
Locklyn Wilchynski (Jr) Poetry Hydraulic Failure

Honorable Mention Awards

Student

Category

Title

Jordan Brown (Jr) Poetry Nyctinasty
Adele Bryant (Jr) Dramatic Script Sinner
Adele Bryant (Jr) Poetry I Took a Shower
Adele Bryant (Jr) Poetry Male Gaze
Morgan Douglas (Jr) Poetry Writer’s Bodies.
Sara Hebert (Sr) Critical Essay Passing the Buck
Sara Hebert (Sr) Critical Essay Corporal Neglect and Environmental Responsibility
Sara Hebert (Sr) Poetry by the church
Sydney Knotts (Sr) Dramatic Script January 24th, 1971
Sydney Knotts (Sr) Short Story The River
Sydney Knotts (Sr) Critical Essay Neurodiversity in Education
Sydney Knotts (Sr) Critical Essay How Autism Impacts Secondary Students
Sydney Knotts (Sr) Critical Essay The Influences and Impacts of K-pop and Psychedelic Rock
Taylor Lafayette (Sr) Dramatic Script Salted Lemonade (A Screenplay)
Taylor Lafayette (Sr) Flash Fiction Spiteful
Taylor Lafayette (Sr) Poetry Ode to the Cool Ones
Taylor Lafayette (Sr) Poetry A Tribute to Gwendolyn Brooks
Taylor Lafayette (Sr) Short Story Blue Blossoms
Taylor Lafayette (Sr) Short Story You Decide
Taylor Lafayette (Sr) Short Story A Friend With Perks
Diego Mendez (Sr) Poetry Cigarette’s Realizations
Hunter Nix (Jr) Dramatic Script Closing Casket, Opening Night
Hunter Nix (Jr) Flash Fiction Autumn Rains
Hunter Nix (Jr) Personal Essay/Memoir The Loss That Never Leaves
Hunter Nix (Jr) Poetry Candle’s Glow
Worth Novinski (Jr) Critical Essay Nazis! Commies! Patriots! Oh my!
Lauren Stamps (Sr) Dramatic Script Cursed Party Punch
Lauren Stamps (Sr) Flash Fiction She Said She Had an Exotic Pet
Lauren Stamps (Sr) Short Story A Wristband and Two Balloon
Lauren Stamps (Sr) Short Story The Kids at Vleesbury Farms
Emma Stapp (Sr) Personal Essay/Memoir For G
Madison White (Sr) Dramatic Script Iced Coffee with Warm Milk
Madison White (Sr) Dramatic Script Little Dinos
Madison White (Sr) Flash Fiction Elephants
Madison White (Sr) Flash Fiction Stars at the Dock
Madison White (Sr) Poetry An Ode to Bookcovers
Madison White (Sr) Science Fiction/Fantasy a dance away from shore
Madison White (Sr) Short Story Stars in a bottle
Locklyn Wilchynski (Jr) Poetry Ashes of Asteroids
Locklyn Wilchynski (Jr) Short Story The Last Hint

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