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Central Nebraska teens among Nebraska Scholastic Writing Award winners

A cover of the Hastings College Press book that features 2021 Gold Key, Silver Key and...
A cover of the Hastings College Press book that features 2021 Gold Key, Silver Key and Honorable Mention works(Hastings College)
Published: Mar. 3, 2021 at 12:00 PM CST
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Hastings College will recognize 19 outstanding young writers from across Nebraska as an affiliate of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

Students from all 93 counties of Nebraska and age 13 and above were invited to submit original work in any of the awards’ writing categories, such as flash fiction and poetry. Works are then judged by a panel of Hastings College faculty, staff and students.

Tyson (Harley) Pappas from Hastings received the Silver Key for his Science Fiction & Fantasy work. Lydia Vlcek, of Champan, was also awarded the Silver Key, but her’s was for Short Story. These two were the only teens from central Nebraska to receive this honor.

The award program is one of the country’s longest-running and most prestigious scholarship and recognition programs for creative students in grades 7-12. This is the second year Hastings College has been an affiliate for the writing awards.

“We were very fortunate to receive many submissions this year from across the state. Reading through different writing entries was just wonderful, as there are many talented, young writers in Nebraska. We’re honored to celebrate and recognize the top award recipients,” said Dr. Ben Waller, Hastings College professor of English and chair of the Languages and Literature Department.

Award recipients will be recognized during the virtual ceremony, which will also feature Matt Mason, the Nebraska State Poet, as a keynote speaker. The virtual ceremony will be held March 8 at 7 p.m.

Gold Key, Silver Key and Honorable Mention works will be available in a publication from Hastings College Press.

With distinguished alumni such as Tschabalala Self, Stephen King, Kay WalkingStick, Charles White, Joyce Carol Oates, and Andy Warhol, who all received recognition in the Awards when they were teens, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards program has been fostering the creativity and talent of millions of students since 1923.

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