CHICAGO | Brothers Martin and Jack Downs, of the Southeast Side, were both recently awarded Gold Keys by the Chicago Regional Affiliate of The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.
This is the highest level of achievement at the regional level. Their writings were judged by a panel of Chicago educators and literacy professionals on originality, technical skill and personal vision or voice. Founded in 1923, The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is the largest, longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teenagers in seventh through 12th grade. This is the fourth year for the Chicago Area Writing Project to host the 90-year-old program.
Martin Downs, a senior at Chicago High School for the Arts won a Gold Key for two individual pieces "Do You Ever Feel?," which was a flash fiction and a dramatic script titled "The Memory Man." He also won a Silver Key for his science fiction piece "The Metal Man," a humor piece "An Un-Questioned Apocalyse" and his short story "Green-Eyed with Envy." Martin will be attending college in the fall to study theater, creative writing and history.
Jack Downs, age 14, and soon to be a freshman at St.Francis De Sales High School, won a Gold Key for his science fiction story "Sticks and Stones..."
Both boys were invited along with their family to attend the awards ceremony held on the University of Illinois at Chicago campus.
Submissions for the 2014 Scholstic Art & Writing Awards will open in September.