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Rye Student Notches National Gold Key Writing Award

Cathleen "Katie" O'Shea of Rye, a seventh grade student at Convent of the Sacred Heart, won a Gold Key Scholastic Writing Award. She was honored on Sunday during a ceremony at Manhattanville College.
Cathleen "Katie" O'Shea of Rye, a seventh grade student at Convent of the Sacred Heart, won a Gold Key Scholastic Writing Award. She was honored on Sunday during a ceremony at Manhattanville College. Photo Credit: Provided/Sacred Heart Greenwich

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GREENWICH, CT. -- A seventh-grade private school student from Rye is among this year's local winners of a Gold Key Scholastic Writing Award.

Catherine "Katie" O’Shea and three other middle school students from Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich were among the winners. They were honored on Sunday during a ceremony at Manhattanville College.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the nation’s longest running and most prestigious recognition initiative for creative teens, honored 24 Middle and Upper School writers at Sacred Heart in Greenwich with gold, silver and honorable mention awards.

O'Shea is among the local winners who will be honored on Sunday March 6 at a regional awards ceremony at Manhattanville College in Purchase.

The four Middle School students from Sacred Heart Greenwich who won Gold Key awards will have their pieces automatically entered in the national contest. That awards ceremony will be on June 2 in New York City.

“These four students and all of our Middle School Scholastic Writing Award recipients achieved this recognition through hard work and perseverance across six weeks of intense workshop classes,” said Sacred Heart English teacher Marc Maier said in a press statement. “While most of the students won their awards in poetry, three of them won in the prose categories of short story and personal essay/memoir.”

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