ISCA Students Earn

2021 Regional Awards

in Creative Writing


What an incredible season of creative exploration we’ve had! After many weeks of innovative creative writing workshops, our talented students have been honored at the regional level in the 2021 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition!


From a tale about a soul trapped inside a volcanic statue at Pompei, to a poem about a very disheartened Demeter, to an opinion editorial about the impact of extremism on the Black Lives Matters movement, their pieces explore the nature of human experience through a wide range of exciting genre and forms. And there’s more where that came from!


The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards were founded in 1923 and, for nearly a century, have inspired bold ideas in creative teens throughout the country. We are absolutely thrilled that our students have now joined the ranks of some of the most creatively talented young people across the country.

In 2021, ISCA students placed in the following categories:

• Short Fiction • Flash Fiction • Journalism • Humor • Poetry • Memoir • Dramatic Writing •

Gold Key:

Siyu Chen – Flash Fiction “If I Survive This”

Anita (Sicen) Hua - Memoir “Coconut Candies”

Boyao (Leon) Kong – Poetry “Love Never Separates”

Sam Liu – Screenplay “Perfect Pandemonium: A Fantasy in 2098 AD”

Emma Tang – Short Fiction “When the Past Rings True”

Irene Zheng - Journalism “Is There Too Much Pressure on Girls to Have Perfect Bodies”

Silver Key:

Oliver Ye – Flash Fiction “The Korean Peninsula: A Living Hell”

Honorable Mention

Siyu Chen – Poetry, “Pan and Syrinx”

Charles Gao – Journalism “When Activism Turns to Extremism”

Harrison Huang – Flash Fiction “Illuminating Parisian Skies”

Shuangge (Gloria) Zhang – Flash Fiction “Lost Behind My Mask”

Summer Xu – Flash Fiction, “When it Struck”

Oliver Ye – “Chinese Parents Praise Phenomenal Design of GAOKAO”

Irene Zheng – Flash Fiction “One Experiment Reveals an Evil Humanity”

Kareny Zhong – Dramatic Writing “The Bartender at the Flamingo Lounge and Flash Fiction “The Fall of the Great Playwright”

As we wait for Notification Day for the National awards (17 March 2021), which our regional gold keys are now completing in, we say BRAVO to all of the young people who submitted their work to the competition.


Well done to everyone for their hard work and commitment to the creative arts. Keep on writing!


The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. The Alliance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to identify students with exceptional artistic and literary talent and present their remarkable work to the world through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. The Awards give students opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication, and scholarships. Students across America entered nearly 320,000 original works in 2020 in 28 different categories of art and writing.