Meixner Wins National Silver Medal

Senior Catherine Meixner has been selected to receive a national Silver Medal for her poetry submissions in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition presented by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers.

Meixner is the school’s second consecutive national medalist and one of only 95 national winners from Ohio in 2012. The contest, open to students in grades 7-12, recognizes the top 1,400 students across the country in 28 categories of art and writing.

“The Scholastic Writing Awards is the largest and most prestigious program in the country for high schools,” said Jim Brooks, English teacher.

The senior, along with freshman Laura Bullock, qualified for national recognition by earning a regional Gold Key Award for her poems Shards, Focus, Seth and Jumping Cars. Meixner has been invited to receive her Silver Medal and cash prize during the National Ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City on Friday, June 1.

“Poetry is one of the most popular categories for entries, so I was really surprised and excited to find out that I had won,” Meixner said. She thanked Brooks, her creative writing teacher, for his encouragement and inspiration.

Meixner joins recent alumna Elizabeth Cromartie, ’11—last year's silver medal recipient—and only a handful of other CJ students in its 160-year history to ever win a national award in the highly regarded contest, which has been recognizing writers since 1923.

Approximately the top 4 percent of students who enter win Siler Key awards.

Cari Meixner, senior (poetry and short story)

Cierra Stevenson, freshman (short story)

Approximately the top 2 percent of students who enter win Gold Key awards.

Laura Bullock, freshman (short story)

Cari Meixner, senior (poetry)

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