Preparing Boys for Life

Award-winning writing

The Scholastic Writing Awards recognized 20 Haverford School students for outstanding creative writing. Judged locally by the Philadelphia Writing Project, Philadelphia’s oldest teacher network dedicated to the teaching of writing, these 20 students earned five Gold Keys, nine Silver Keys, and sixteen Honorable Mentions in the categories of Journalism, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Critical Essay, Personal Essay & Memoir, Poetry, and Short Story.

“Humanities teachers are thrilled that students can share their voices, research, criticism, and creative work with an audience beyond the School’s walls,” said English Department Chair Tom Stambaugh '90. “The students recognized can feel further validated that their words matter - and that others are listening. We are all so pleased that our writers carry on the School’s rich tradition of literary excellence.”


2020-21 Regional Winners:

Gold Key (Regional)

Zachary Hoyt, “The Death of Conversation” - Journalism

Alex Hull, “Ugly Bastards” - Science Fiction & Fantasy

Mitav Nayak, “McMurphy: An Unintentional ‘Hero’” - Critical Essay

Mitav Nayak, “Immigration and the Power of Storytelling” - Critical Essay

Jackson Phelan, “What Lies Beyond the Horizon?” - Personal Essay & Memoir

Silver Key (Regional)

Jingyuan Chen, “The Columbian Exchange: Potatoes and Horses across the Continents” Critical Essay

Joey Kauffman, “Students Ponder The Social Dilemma” - Journalism

George Lanchoney, “Ubiquitous Acorn” - Personal Essay & Memoir

Quinn Luong, “American Born Chinese” - Poetry

Quinn Luong, “Administration Charts School's Antiracist Future” - Journalism

Mitav Nayak, “A look into Sodexo’s adjusted lunches” - Journalism

Robert Patterson, “An Unknown Force” - Personal Essay & Memoir

Judah Weekes - Personal Essay & Memoir

Jeffrey Yang, “The decision and planning behind reopening”  - Journalism

Honorable Mention (Regional)

Jingyuan Chen, “The Stone Buddha and the Devils Beneath” - Short Story

Jonny Flieder, “The Shining” - Personal Essay & Memoir

Joey Kauffman, “Fall sports practices must be more safe” - Journalism

Joey Kauffman, “The Unusual History of Rosemont’s Algar Ferrari”  - Journalism

Sam Kohl, “Joe Biden Should Be President” - Journalism

Cyril Leahy, “Another Second in The Sea” - Personal Essay & Memoir

Ryan Ngo, “Cafe Diem” - Personal Essay & Memoir

Trevor Pettibone, “A Tuesday In January” -  Personal Essay & Memoir

Ryan Rodack, “Mr. Andrén pursues his dream job” - Journalism

Nachikethan Srinivasan, “Generation Z now has a larger civil obligation to vote than ever” - Journalism

Nachikethan Srinivasan, “A Product of Privilege” - Personal Essay & Memoir

Nachikethan Srinivasan, “en kulanthai enge? - Poetry

Jeffrey Yang, “Lanchoney brings fresh produce to food banks”  - Journalism

Jeffrey Yang, “A Moment of Youth Before Time Flees” - Poetry

Austin Zhuang, “Faculty and students review new schedule”  - Journalism

Tyler Zimmer, “International students working virtually, twelve hours ahead”  - Journalism