Celina Rivernider '19 wins writing contest award
For the majority of her school years, Wilbraham & Monson Academy’s Celina Rivernider ’19 has been told by her teachers and friends she’s a talented writer.
Celina, though, didn’t really know how talented she really was.
Now she knows.
In a contest that includes students in grades 7-12, Celina was named a winner of a 2015 Scholastic Art and Writing Regional Gold Key Award. Celina’s “America: Deaf and Blind” earned recognition in the Critical Essay category.
“I was really, really excited. I didn’t expect it,” Celina said. “I’ve had people tell me I’m talented at writing, for my class or age or grade, but I didn’t really think I’d size up with the country. I don’t know if I’ll win the national award because so few people get it, but I have a lot of years to go and I’m going to keep submitting to the contest.”
Celina received a certificate from Scholastic Art and Writing Awards in the mail in mid-February. The regional award automatically qualified her for national merit, which will be announced March 16.
Celina wrote a powerful piece on racial, gender and social inequalities in America, specifically stating how the country pretends to be equal when in fact it is not.
“Something in both the logical and visionary side of me has hung on,” Celina concluded in her essay. “It is the hope of fixing this red, white and blue contraption. If I can save a whole country, we can all save our world. But I must distinguish my voice, I am not a delinquent protesting because I can, I am speaking out because I must. I am like America, some parts coolly near-perfected, some parts beautifully imperfect. If I were to give up on our country, I would be giving up on myself.”
Celina wrote the essay as part of an assignment for her eighth-grade Humanities class at the Academy.