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Gold Key Writing

Welcome to the 2020 New York City Region Gold Key Virtual Exhibition! Thanks to the boundless power of technology we are able to share with you the Gold Key-winning works in a gallery you can view at home. We hope you take the time to browse through all of the works that compelled our art and writing jurors. These works grappled with ideas of breakage and solitude, of grief and triumph, of chaos and precision. We thank you for your authenticity artists and writers, and we thank you for your creative vision and voices!

Browse through the 2020 Gold Key Award-winning works! Use the search bar on the left to search for writing works by student name, school, or category.

NameCategoryWork Title & Link
Samuel AhnPoetryA poem for Umma, my mother; Ode to Boston Market
Ela AlsterPersonal Essay & MemoirEla, Ela Alster. There’s a Carola and a Shapiro in Between, but That’s a Whole Other Story for an Entirely Different Day.
Ashley Amend-ThomasCritical EssayWho Are Women: An Analysis of Feminism in Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird
Sophie AskanaseFlash FictionThe M Train
Adithi AttadaPersonal Essay & MemoirWe Walked Through
Yilan BatistaPoetryWe Deserted the Temples, then We Kissed Them.
Caroline BerkJournalismDesmond Naples Instills Boundless Hope in Today’s Youth
Daniel BiroShort StoryA Good Job Is Hard to Find
Anna BodzinDramatic ScriptThe Secrets of Planet Theseus
Ritvik BordiaPoetryThe Unholy Soul
Ryan Bose-RoyPersonal Essay & MemoirGuilt
Ryan Bose-RoyPersonal Essay & MemoirHow to cut a Date
Frances BrewsterPersonal Essay & MemoirDo’s and Don’ts for Your First Relationship
Noa BrownPersonal Essay & Memoir9 and Under
Noa BrownCritical EssayInch by Inch: the Making of Human Atrocity
Petra BrusiloffShort StoryMiss Interpretation
Lyla Forest ButlerShort StoryThe Woman in the Woods
Genesis CespedesPoetryFree
Iris ChangPoetryFried Rice
Kristin ChengPersonal Essay & MemoirThe Folly of Fantasy Fulfillment
Nathan ChiangPersonal Essay & MemoirYin and Yang
Lauren CichonCritical EssaySex Education Policy in the U.S.
Adelaide ClinePoetryCarve the corners of your body
Layla ColePersonal Essay & MemoirDo You Truly Ever Lose Someone?
Cole CorperFlash FictionBlank Space
Lily CrowellJournalismA Lack Of School Spirit
Grace CuddihyHumorAmazon Releases Controversial “Gaydar” – Yields Mixed Reviews
Dechen CulhaneFlash FictionHeights
Tess Cuomo O’DonoghueJournalismA Better Way of Learning?
Mina DanielsPoetryBraids and Bows
Eve DartleyShort StoryLexington & Avenue A
Debjani DasPersonal Essay & MemoirLearning my Mother
Meera DasguptaPoetryUncle Sam’s Alphabet Soup
Grace DavisCritical EssayOn Observing the Form and Content in “On Rereading a Sonnet Written in 1951”
Jaida DentPoetryThe Reality of Death
Jaida DentPoetryHonest Poem
Dmitri DerodelPersonal Essay & MemoirDear Trans Kid
Dmitri DerodelPoetryIntroduction to American Politics
Dmitri DerodelPoetryIn Which the Second Sex Scene of Moonlight Makes the Cut
Gaia Di MitriShort StorySea Glass
Violet DiBiasioFlash FictionSnap
Alaina DiSalvo FaganWriting PortfolioLearning to Fight
Camryn DixonCritical EssayThe Thread of Racism: The Mistreatment of Black Americans in the American HealthCare System
Ilana DrakePersonal Essay & MemoirNYC Girl
Colette DrinkardPersonal Essay & MemoirSo Sick
Zoe EhrenkranzPoetryAshes to Ashes, Saline Song
Coby FeinShort StoryEzinma
Coby FeinPersonal Essay & MemoirLatin
Julia FeinbergPoetryMy Perennial Garden of Blank Flowers
Sascha FeinburgHumorReading Comprehension
Cassandra FenwickFlash FictionDiscotopia
Ciara FlahertyPoetryMy Grandmother’s House
Ciara FlahertyPoetryDiscomfort
SL FranjolaPoetryLover (Invocation)
SL FranjolaPoetryOde to the Parents of Poets
SL FranjolaPoetryWhen It’s Cold Again
SL FranjolaPoetryMy Crush in C Major
SL FranjolaPoetryNotes on the Anatomical Heart
Bernadette FrishbergPoetryUSA
Bernadette FrishbergShort StoryTruth or Consequences, or, Life and Death Often Meet in Waffle House Parking Lots
Bernadette FrishbergPersonal Essay & MemoirMy Great Aunt Ita
Logan FurlongeShort StoryMurder of Crows
Logan FurlongePoetry“I’m Not Hungry”
Maria GeogdzhayevaScience Fiction & Fantasyto watch him disappear
Maria GeogdzhayevaPoetryan ode to pine trees
Isaiah GlickCritical EssayBrothers in Law
Julia GoldbergFlash FictionNearly Forgotten
Julia GoldbergJournalismA Look into Our English Curriculum
James GrahamFlash FictionThe Game
Aniya GreeneJournalismStudents: Not Working is Not an Option
Liliana GreyfFlash FictionOnce, I asked you if we could kiss at the Met
Ana Maria Griffin MorimotoPersonal Essay & MemoirCielo
Naomi HabtuCritical EssayThe Big Apple at its Core
Charlotte HaidarPoetryhow to say grandfather
Emma HaidarPoetryGreed
Finn Hamre-myersDramatic ScriptQuest For The Soup
Jem HananShort StoryThe Phantom And The Blade
Tina HansongPoetryRecess
Tina HansongPoetryIce Cream
Amelia HarringtonShort StoryMa’s Sea
Abby HarrisPoetryFirst Blood
Rainier HarrisJournalismWill the Bushwick Neighborhood Plan Address the Affordable Housing Crisis?
Rainier HarrisJournalismAs Nation Mourns “Death of Journalism,” Yang, A Presidential Candidate, Offers Solutions
May HathawayPoetrya series of misnomers
May HathawayPersonal Essay & MemoirCocoon
May HathawayPersonal Essay & MemoirMother Tongue
Lila HertzbergCritical EssayThe Community Within Ourselves
Kate HeslinFlash FictionTraded for Goats
Jordan HicksonCritical EssayReproducing Slavery; How Reproductive Injustice in Modern Day Prisons Mimics Slavery
Melissa HollandPersonal Essay & MemoirIt Only Takes 17 Minutes
Gemma HongPersonal Essay & MemoirDear Apa
Annelie HyattShort StoryLove in Store
Annelie HyattDramatic ScriptBehind the Counter
Annelie HyattPoetryFor S.
Samuel HylandJournalismInterracial Worship: How Two New York Churches Fight Against Religious Racism
Dominic IntervalloNovel WritingThe Adventures of Class 793
Alison IskoPersonal Essay & MemoirUnicornia
Asher JaffeShort StoryBakaak
Khiari JaffierPersonal Essay & MemoirSolve for G
Lulu JiangShort StoryUnderground
Anya JiménezPoetrySugar and Longing
Brianna JohnsonPersonal Essay & MemoirHow to Think Like a Black Person
Brianna JohnsonCritical EssayBreaking Tradition: How the Black Body Can Heal After Centuries of Destruction
Ayelet KaminerPersonal Essay & MemoirChronology
Ayelet KaminerPoetryFor Gidon And The Wall We Used To Share
Victoria KerriganPoetryPalma
Shubh KhannaPersonal Essay & MemoirThe Journey that Changed My Name
Christopher KimJournalismThe Impact of Japanese Colonial Rule on Current Bilateralism between the Republic of Korea and Japan.
Eric KimPersonal Essay & MemoirBanana Split with a Twist
Jaeah KimCritical EssayInstinct and Consequence: The Nature of Humanity in William Carlos Williams’s “This Is Just To Say” and Kenneth Koch’s “Variations on a Theme by William Carlos Williams”
Louise KimPoetryLa chanson du soleil (The song of the sun)
Kendi KingPersonal Essay & MemoirGrape Popsicles
Kendi KingWriting PortfolioMirror Up
Shaye KirmanHumorWhy do People Really Watch Basketball?
Madeleine KlassDramatic ScriptA Ballad for the Piano Man
Nyasha KniggeFlash FictionThe Feather Flood
Audrey KolkerDramatic ScriptThe Bro Code
Sofia KorostyshevskyFlash FictionDoppleganger
Sofia KorostyshevskyPoetryMy Sunshine
Maximilian KosterPersonal Essay & MemoirChopped™
Audrey KschwendtPoetryRegret (Emulating Linda Pastan’s Poem “Anger”)
Audrey KschwendtPoetryMorning Juice
Mollie KuritzkyPersonal Essay & MemoirHardships and French Toast
Guiv LedererPersonal Essay & MemoirThe Cookie Shop
Montana LeeCritical EssayThe NYCDOE Overstepped Its Authority By Openly Supporting the NYC Climate Strike
Sophia LengPoetryGrowing Up As a Girl- the Things You Learn
Hazel LessardShort StoryThe Music of Oblivion
Reed LessingPersonal Essay & Memoir2:42pm on a Wednesday
Reed LessingFlash FictionMigrant Caravan
Julie LeveyJournalismHome of “The Maisel”
Anya LevinHumorPants
Anya LevinShort StorySecrets and Truths
Anya LevinPoetryWe Stand Connected
Isabel LevineFlash FictionFootsteps
Phoebe LevitskyPoetryFake Flowers
Bridget LiPoetryattention
Bridget LiPoetryto washington heights
Bridget LiPersonal Essay & MemoirHold Your Tongue
Sophia LiPersonal Essay & MemoirBecause
Sophia LiPoetryBorder Crossing
Sophia LiShort StoryBorn
Sophia LiFlash FictionGlass
Jackie LiangPersonal Essay & MemoirWhispers of Perfectionism
Annabel LieblichPersonal Essay & MemoirAbuelo’s Fable
Edie LipseyShort StoryPileup
Jessica LiuFlash FictionWhen The City Died
Lauren LodicoNovel WritingSwimming Superheroes
Ari LowensteinScience Fiction & FantasyI Like to Think We Walked Away
Jade LozadaPoetryHips of Ancestral Song
Devin LyonPersonal Essay & MemoirOrange in Honor
Iago Macknik-CondePoetryLiminal Spaces
Mekhala MantravadiPoetryMorning Duties, Bathing Water and Monsoon
Natalie Marcus-WadeJournalism18 Years After 9/11, Where Are We?
Brynn MartinPersonal Essay & MemoirI Risked My Life To Eat A Peanut
Sasha MayerCritical EssayTed Talk: Suffering and the Will of Human To Let Go
Ciara MckayPoetryAphrodite and the Sea
Divya MehrishWriting PortfolioYou Took My Lips
Divya MehrishPoetryPhonetic
Divya MehrishPoetryThe Landline After the Divorce
Divya MehrishPersonal Essay & MemoirSnapshot
Divya MehrishPoetryElegy to My Name
Divya MehrishPoetryfather, once son; Color Wheel
Divya MehrishPoetry44085
Divya MehrishPoetryPantoum to my Miscarried Body; Ghazal to the Moon; Ghazal to Skeleton
Divya MehrishPoetryFairy; Ooze
Divya MehrishPersonal Essay & MemoirTo Be Made
Tatiana MezitisPoetryMid-Winter Yearning
Asha ModyScience Fiction & FantasyDream Rooms
Asha ModyDramatic ScriptHouses on the Coast
Mirembe MubandaPersonal Essay & MemoirMore than Muzungu
Jasmine Amora NarainPoetryAlphabet Soup
Roza NaydaPersonal Essay & MemoirCandles
Roza NaydaShort StoryBaked Potatoes
Charlotte NewmanShort StoryRed
Emily NgPersonal Essay & MemoirStill
Grace NovarrPoetryElegy For My Seventeenth Year
Grace NovarrPoetryElegaic Poems
Grace NovarrPoetryArt Poems
Alessandra OlivieriPoetryThoughts on Forgiveness
Alessandra OlivieriPoetryGarden of Eden
Maya OlivoNovel WritingMarble
Ria ParkerPoetryThe Train Incident Report
Phoebe PfaffmanPoetryJalilah
Kaitlyn PohlyPoetryMama
Christina PoulinPoetryAthena
Christina PoulinShort StoryKaho
Adielle RosenblumPoetryMy Learning Process
Yoav RosenthalCritical EssaySinful Virtues: Satan’s Evolution in Paradise Lost
Audrey RossPoetryAll Good Things, Part 3 – Family
Stella RothfeldShort StorySubway Singer
Vera SaidelFlash Fictionwriting you to tell you how happy I am. don’t write back.
Benjamin SamuelsShort StorySome Time
Benjamin SamuelsCritical EssayDaniel Tiger’s Tyranny and the Myth of Ethical Television
Sara SashShort StoryTo Be Perfect
Margaux ScanduraShort StoryMay Showers
Talia ScheinbergShort StoryIn Unison
Ainsley ScheinerShort StoryThe Rabbit and the Alligator
Talin SchellPoetryThe Name Of This Collection Is He
Krupa SekharPersonal Essay & MemoirLet’s Face Reality
Sandhya SethuramanPoetryrotting ripeness
Claire ShangWriting PortfolioIn The Museum of Lost Things
Clara ShapiroPersonal Essay & MemoirLollipops for New Immigrants
Clara ShapiroShort StoryA Plumber From Kyiv
Katherine ShermanPoetryFemale Anatomy/The First Love is Always Platonic
Katherine ShermanPoetryYouth Prayers for Survival
Benjamin ShiShort StoryChoking Hazard
Alyssa SimonePoetryAu Revoir (Goodbye Until We Meet Again)
Lucy Clara SopherCritical EssayThe Benefits and Pitfalls of “Self-Care”
Julia SperlingPoetrySelf Portrait of Cherub
Evie SteelePoetrySongs of Truth (Found Poem from The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass)
Hallie StephensonPersonal Essay & MemoirCan You Hold It
Hope SwetowPersonal Essay & MemoirGaramond
Abigail Sylvor GreenbergPersonal Essay & MemoirNotes on a Coastal Thanksgiving
Abigail Sylvor GreenbergPoetryMissed Concert Elegy
Brianna TejedaPoetryI am Sick
Chloe TerestchenkoShort StoryHauntingly Close
Chase ThomasPersonal Essay & MemoirA Voice of the Past
Willamina TungstenPersonal Essay & MemoirZugzwang
Alondra UribePoetryMy Name
Alondra UribePoetryThe Real Life Spani-fication of a Self Portrait without a Mouth
Jackson Vance KipperPersonal Essay & MemoirIf Latin Is Not a Language Worthy of Study, Then I Inquire, What Is?
Jordan WasserbergerJournalismJoker Film Review
Oliver WhelanCritical EssayKeep the SHSAT; It’s Fair and Necessary
Summer WilliamsPoetryVENUS USED TO BE A GODDESS OF LOVE BUT NOW SHE’S JUST A PILE OF BONES (The Male Gaze & Other Tragedies)
Summer WilliamsPersonal Essay & MemoirConsider the Body
Summer WilliamsPoetryCommand-C
Alexandra WongPersonal Essay & MemoirTurnip Cake
Cindy XiePoetry“schizophrenia: A Sonnet” ; “Growing Older: Villanelle”
Annabelle XingPoetryGrandma’s Recipe
Madison XuPoetry20 Things I’m Afraid Of
Madison XuScience Fiction & FantasyHappytown
Madison XuPoetryThe Cry of 10,000 Mothers
Madison XuShort StoryThe Left Behind Children
Rachel YangPoetryDouble Identity
Alexandra YaoScience Fiction & FantasyBottled Happiness
Alexandra YaoFlash FictionEclipse
Nancy YaoShort StoryRequiem
Nancy YaoShort StoryThe Human Condition
Almer YuPoetrysome adolescent thoughts
Isabel YuPoetrybanana scented pencils
JJ YuPoetrynot crucified: worn away/Post- /Permafrost
JJ YuPoetryflats/cleaner/the walk
Leo YuCritical EssayA Warning
Leo YuCritical EssayMorals, Management, & Machiavelli
Arden YumCritical EssayMan-made Femininity
Clara Yuste-GolobPoetryWhere I’m From
Ruiwen ZhangShort StoryWhite Noise
Jenny ZhengPersonal Essay & MemoirThanksgiving Wedding
Abigail ZhouCritical EssayHester Prynne’s Strength in The Scarlet Letter
Rachel ZhuPoetryMeditation on No Breath
Rachel ZhuPersonal Essay & MemoirKnuckles