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The Milton Measure

Annual Persky Writing Awards Recognize Milton’s Writers

by Leydn McEvoy on Friday, June 9th, 2017

As the school year draws to a close, Milton students are recognized for their outstanding academic and athletic work during the past nine months. On Monday, May 22nd, faculty and guests gathered among the most talented student journalists, creative writers, and artists at Milton to recognize them for their best work at the Persky Writing Awards.

Over thirty years ago, the Laurence S. Persky Memorial Awards were established to honor the memory of a Milton student who passed before his Class I year at Milton. The Persky family created the awards and throughout the years have provided guest speakers, awards for the best work appearing in student publications, and a reception in the Cox Library in the spring of each year. This year, Anna Fricke ‘94 spoke at the event. A writer and executive producer of several popular shows, including Dawson’s Creek and Being Human, Fricke spoke to students and faculty about the importance of perseverance in a writing career.

Various awards for different disciplines of writing are given to students. In journalism, awards are given for editorial writing, commentary, news, features, art reviews, and sports; in photography, for both news and artistic photographs; in creative writing, for poetry and fiction; in art and photo, for best of art and photography. The annual event showcased a broad range of pieces appearing in student publications like The Milton Measure, Magus Mabus, The Milton Paper, The F-Word, The Asian, Helix, and the yearbook.

At times, student writers and artists feel their work receives a moment of praise, and the Persky Awards reminds these writers and artists of the importance of their work and its significance in the Milton community.

Professional writers and artists reviewed the students’ work from his or her field to determine the recipients of the awards. One of this year’s judges was Jesse Graves, a young rising poet, who judged for poetry and fiction. Ian Torney, the head of the Visual Arts department at Milton, judged for art and photography. Gregory Mone, a science journalist, judged for the science category. Finally, Liz Matson, a member of the communications office at Milton, and Lisa Baker, a member of the English department at Milton, judged for the journalism category. Mr. Bland presented each of the recipients with commendations to praise them for his or her exceptional writing and artistic talents.

Letitia Chan (I) was awarded for her poems “Bloom” and “Aubade,” both published in Magus Mabus. Chloe Kim (I) was given an award for her fiction “Days of Candy,” which was also featured in Magus Mabus. For the journalism category, Best Editorial went to Malcolm McCann (I), Eli Burnes (I), and the board members of The Milton Paper. The board members from the Milton Paper submitted every issue they published this year, and they were awarded for their piece, “Accommodate Disruption.” This article discussed the political dialogue on campus during the Women’s March. Eli Burnes says, “[The editorial] worked to engage people who expressed disapproval of the event and demonstrate support to those who participated in the event.”

Michelle Erdenesanaa (I) was awarded for her series “Green Out,” also published in The Milton Paper. Brie Lawson (I) and Molly Ames (I) received awards for “Investigating Perceived Gap Between Milton Boys’ and Girls’ Sports,” published in The Milton Measure. Caleb Rhodes (I) won for his sports series, “Corner Kick” in The Milton Measure. Gabrielle Fernandopulle (I) received an award for “College Sports Recruits,” published in The Milton Measure. Adrian Hackey (III) was awarded for his review of the Milton Theater in the Milton Measure. James Dunn (I) won for his science essay titled “Quantum Computers and the End of Internet Security,” which was published in Helix. For the art category, Te Palandjian (I) received an award for her artwork, “Free Falling,” and Mark Bodner (I) received an award for the best photograph, “Tom,” that was published in Magus Mabus.

This year’s Persky Writing Awards showed appreciation for some of Milton’s best artists and writers. The ceremony provides a tangible sign of support and applause for the hard work that these students put in. While this school year was host to many polarizing and at times painful events, these shocking moments allowed our students to express themselves more passionately than ever before.


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