Some of Milton’s best student writers and artists gathered with faculty and guests in Cox Library recently for the Laurence S. Persky Memorial Award ceremony. The annual awards recognize the best work appearing in Milton Academy student publications; the awards honor excellence in creative writing, journalism, art, photography and production. Writer Tess Wheelwright ’00 was this year’s featured speaker.
The Persky Awards honor the memory of a Milton student writer who passed away just prior to his Class I year in 1978.
This School award is unique in that the judges are professional writers and artists. This year’s judges were Bruce Mohl, editor of Commonwealth Magazine, poet Jesse Graves, visual arts faculty member Gordon Chase, and Gregory Mone, a novelist and science writer.
2013 Persky Award Winners
Best Poem: Rachael Allen for “Residency,” Magus Mabus, Vol. I, Winter, 2012
Best Fiction: Emmie Atwood for “The Warrant,” Magus Mabus, Vol. II, Spring, 2013
Best Editorial: The Board: Jake Greenberg, Evan Garnick, Ali Golden, Oliver Bok, Osaremen Okolo, Merrit Levitan, Charlie Perkins and John McDonough for “Examining Early Applications,” The Milton Paper, November 16, 2012
Best Commentary: Sahana Rao-Chakravorti for “The State of Indian Women,” The Milton Paper, January 11, 2013
Best News Story: Dianne Kim and Emma City for “Changes to Holiday Tradition,” The Milton Paper, December 7, 2012
Best News Feature: Neil Chandra for “Spanish Exchange Departs After Four Weeks,” The Milton Paper, October 5, 2012
Best Sports Story: Mike McGee for “Boys Varsity Basketball Wins ISL Championship” The Milton Paper, March 1, 2013
Best Arts Story: Olivia Atwood for “Senior Arts Stars Shine for Milton,” The Milton Measure, June 8, 2012
Best Science Essay: Abigail Higgins for “3…2…1 Fire! Or Not…The Regulation of Cnidarian Stinging Cells” Helix, 2013
Best Work of Art: Kirby Feagan for her Interpretive Portraits,” Magus Mabus, Vol. I, Fall, 2012
YEARBOOK AWARDS FOR OUTSTANDING COMMITMENT AND DEDICATION: Alex King and Sophia Tsanotelis