First-annual Pioneer Literary Arts Awards honor student writers


The first-ever Literary Arts Awards at Pioneer High School dished out prizes for poetry, fiction, journalism, essay and satire on Friday, April 27.

English classes filled the school’s Little Theater with hoots and hollers as the winners were announced.

English teacher Don Packard said the awards ceremony does more than encourage students to enter the contest. “It encourages them to make their writing public,” he said, and even to consider writing as a career path.

The students were encouraged to submit class assignments.

First, second and third place winners were awarded $100, $50 and $25, respectively. The monetary prizes came from the Ann Arbor Pioneer High School Endowment Fund for Excellence, Academics and Athletics, said Jeff Kass. The fund was created in 2002 with gifts from the Pioneer Class of 1962, 1964 and 1966.

“This is the first time we’ve done this,” said Ray Pitman, a representative of the Class of 1962. “We like that so many teachers and students are involved.”

The students were also treated to a reading by Lewis Robinson. He read an essay about his experiences as John Irving’s personal assistant.

Student winners are listed below:

School-wide Categories

Satire: Mark Malakh

Honorable Mention: Iris Chen, Jennifer Johnson, Fei-fei Wu, Hannah Dubov

Journalism: Sabra Satz-Kojis

Ninth and Tenth Grade Categories

Poetry: 1st place – Dana Shin; 2nd place – Luke Erdevig; 3rd place – Ezra Chung.

Personal or narrative essay: Lisa Qian – 1st place; Charlotte Rivard – 2nd place

Literary Analysis or Academic essay: Caroline Hurd – 1st place; Costa Willets – 2nd place; Lisa Qian – 3rd place.

Fiction, play or screenplay: Dana Shin – 1st place; Sylvie Epstein – 2nd place; Andromeda Veach – 3rd place.

Eleventh and Twelfth Grade Categories

Poetry: Hannah Bates – 1st Place; Kristy Abraham – 2nd place; Robyn Green and Connor Carrick – 3rd place; Aaron Noffke – Honorable Mention.

Personal or narrative essay: Josh Kaplan – 1st place; Caleb Stevens – 2nd place; Iris Chen – 3rd place; Jera Hogan – Honorable Mention.

Literary Analysis or Academic essay: Jackson Tucker-Meyer – 1st place; Norah Rast – 2nd place; Allison Brooks-Conrad – 3rd place; Josh Kaplan – Honorable Mention.

Fiction, play or screenplay: Samuel Covin St. Cyr – 1st place; Lauren Zyber – 2nd place; Clare Higgins – 3rd place.

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