Scholastic recognizes four Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School students with writing awards

HADLEY – Four students from Hadley’s Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School (PVCICS) have been recognized for their outstanding achievement in writing. Over 2,500 entries were submitted in the prestigious “Scholastic Art & Writing Awards” presented by The Boston Globe and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, making this an extremely competitive process.
Freshman 9th grader Kenyatta Williams received a Silver Key Award in the Poetry category. The Springfield resident was honored for his work titled “Pastor KenZulu.”
Two 7th grade students were awarded Honorable Mentions in the Poetry category. Seventh grader Tessa Stanforth from Amherst was recognized for her work titled “Pronouns, Equality.” In addition, 7th grader Siobhan Toole of Longmeadow was honored for four poems titled “A Happy Dance,” “A Modern Day Fairy Tale,” “Phases of the Moon,” and “How Fragile the Heart.”
Seventh Grader Ian Yu of Amherst was recognized in the Science Fiction/Fantasy category for his work titled “How I Met Night.”
“We are extremely proud of the four students recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards,” said Kathleen Wang, principal of Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School. “The criteria used by the judges are tenets we strive for here at PVCICS – originality, technical skill as well as personal voice or vision. Because our students learn English and Chinese, they can express themselves in both languages. We know our students will use their talents honed here at PVCICS to continue to be voices for their generation.”