Marlborough’s Joel Wilner wins ‘Best Teen Writing’ award
Marlborough – Joel Wilner, a junior at the Advanced Math and Science Academy Charter School in Marlborough, and a Marlborough resident, will be featured in “The Best Teen Writing of 2012,” published by Scholastic. Every year, Scholastic publishes an anthology of outstanding award-winning work from its Art and Writing Awards, the longest-running and prestigious recognition program for creative teens. Alumni of the Art and Writing Awards include artist Andy Warhol, author Joyce Carol Oates, and filmmaker Ken Burns, among many others.
Joel wrote an essay titled “The World Is Not Flat,” in which he argued why students need a better education in the field of geography. He won a Regional Gold Key for his work; only 7 to 10 percent of all regional submissions earn this award. Recipients of the Regional Gold Key are then eligible for consideration at the national level. Joel went on to win a National Silver Medal. In June, he received the award at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Joel’s essay was one of 70 chosen from the top 500 national award winners for publication. The Best Teen Writing of 2012 will be available for purchase on Amazon later this fall.
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