Posted On: Sunday, January 10, 2016

Harding Gold and Silver Key winners (from left): Halina Dreger (Gold), Kitty Crino (Gold), Willow Rosser (Silver), Mira Getrost (Gold) and Grace Kraidich (Silver).

Lakewood City Schools was well represented in the writing portion of the annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards regional competition with three students honored with Gold Keys and three with Silver Keys.

Winners of a Gold Key, the highest honor given, are Harding Middle School seventh-grader Mira Getrost and eighth-graders Kitty Crino and Halina Dreger. Gold Key winners move on to be judged at the national level of the 92-year-old competition. Silver Key winners for the District are Lakewood High School sophomore Isabel Ostrowski (pictured left), Harding seventh-grader Willow Rosser and eighth-grader Grace Kraidich. Six Harding students earned an Honorable Mention for their writing.

The Cleveland Institute of Art hosts the regional competition that recognizes creative achievement in area 7-12 grade students. The young artists compete for cash prizes, medals, and scholarship awards. A panel of local professional artists, art educators, writers, and writing educators jury the exhibit and select the awarded pieces from nearly 3,000 entries. Students who receive Portfolio Awards and Gold Key Awards continue to the national competition held in the spring in New York City.

Congratulations to all the winners and their teachers, Ruth Pangrace at Harding and Jennifer Lewis at Lakewood High.

Gold Key Winners: (approximately 7-10% of regional entries)

Kitty Crino, 8th grade – Poetry 

Halina Dreger, 8th grade – Short story 

Mira Getrost, 7th grade – Science fiction/fantasy


Silver Key Winners: (approximately 10-15% of regional entries)

Grace Kraidich, 7th grade  – Poetry 

Isabel Ostrowsky, 10th grade –  Poetry

Willow Rosser, 7th grade – Short story


Honorable Mentions: (approximately 15-20% of regional entries)

Ella Chanter, 8th grade  – Poetry

Halina Dreger, 8th grade  –  Flash fiction 

Evie Gregg, senior  –  Short story

Stephanie Shaffer, 8th grade –  Short story 

Laura Shields, 8th grade –  Flash fiction

Gabby Toms, 7th grade –  Short story 

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