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PPS Students Win Awards in National Writing Contest

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PPS Students Win Awards in National Writing Contest
Posted on 02/09/2016
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Six Portland Public Schools’ students have achieved recognition for their work in a national writing contest.

The Southern Maine Writing Project, in conjunction with the Literacy, Language and Culture Program at the University of Southern Maine, recently announced recognitions in the 2016 Scholastic Writing Awards Maine Region.

The award-winning students were Casco Bay High School juniors Yann Tanguy Irambona and Maryse Dushime, and freshman Liam Swift; Portland High School seniors Clautel Buba and Blakey Bessire; and Lyman Moore Middle School seventh-grader William Ferros.

This year, Maine students in grades 7-12 sent 354 submissions to The Scholastic Writing Awards.  The works were judged for originality, technical skill and personal voice. Of those submissions, 31 Gold Keys were awarded to the most accomplished works.  Gold Key writing will be forwarded to the national level of The Scholastic Writing Awards.  National judging occurs in mid-March.

In addition, 59 Silver Keys were awarded to distinguished works from Maine. Also, 70 Honorable Mentions were awarded to notable works from Maine.

Yann Tanguy Irambona, 16, won a Gold Key award in the Personal Essay/Memoir category. His submission was titled, “My Bathing Suit Smells Like Medicine.” His teacher was Molly McGrath.

Liam Smith, 14, whose teacher also was McGrath, won a Gold Key for a short story titled, “Back Cove.”

McGrath also was Maryse Dushime’s teacher. The 16-year-old won a Silver Key for a poem titled, “A Barrel Of Tears.”

Also Silver key winners were PHS students Clautel Buba and Blakey Bessire. Clautel, 18, won for his poem, “Inside the Life I Knew.” His teacher also was McGrath.

Blakey, 17, won for a dramatic script titled, “On Why She is Pure.” Her teacher is Aimee Bessire.

Lyman Moore student, William Ferros, 12, won Honorable Mention in the Humor category for “My Height Story.”

“William was one of the few 12-year-olds to receive recognition,” said his teacher, Claire Ross. “Congratulations, William!”