Smithtown East Writers Capture Awards

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Three students from High School East were award recipients in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, with one student receiving national recognition.    

More than 300,000 pieces were submitted to the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and the top 40 percent received Gold Key, Silver Key or Honorable Mention recognition. Gold Key-winning entries are reviewed by creative professionals, and can qualify to win a national award.  

Sophomore Meghan Hayfield won a Gold Key and received a National Medal for her short story “Heavy.” The story shows the struggles of a family running away from an abusive father.

Freshman Rebecca Hall won a Silver Key for the Science Fiction/Fantasy category. Her short story “Tell Tale Cell” is a modern retelling of Edgar Allen Poe’s classic story “The Tell Tale Heart.”  

Junior Natalie Swiacki won a Gold Key for her poem “Finding Me” and a Silver Key for her poem “The Story of Social Strife.”