Poetry Out Loud Semifinalists Updated

The 2016 Poetry Out Loud competition is coming up this Tuesday, February 2, and we have updated our Semifinalist History to give the full list of all of the 185 current BHS students who have made it to our semifinalist stage.

In addition, we would like to recognize the following students who are making their third appearance in our semifinals:

Courtney Brown
Laura Frustaci
Gabby Goulette
Rebecca Haded
MiKenna Mattson
Fiona Maxwell
Laura Schissler
Angel Vargas
Ada Wiggins

Finally, we would like to congratulate the following two seniors, who will be making their fourth-straight appearance in the semifinals:

Havanah Becker
Shannon Carey

In our 10 years of running Poetry Out Loud, only 19 students have ever gone a perfect four-for-four in making the semifinals. Congratulations!

And good luck to all of our competitors!

BHS Students Recognized in 2016 Scholastic Writing Awards

The results of the 2016 Scholastic Writing Awards have just been announced, and the English Department wishes to share the names of the students who were recognized this year for their exemplary work, as we have once again had a number of students receive recognition for their writing. The Scholastic Awards are among the most prestigious awards available for high school writing, and the following three students received awards for their work:

Silver Key
Rebekah Aran – “A Special Case” (short story)
Rebekah Aran – “Deep Down Dark” (portfolio)

Honorable Mention
Sidra Afzal – “Home” (poetry)
Sidra Afzal – “These Beautiful Brutal Wars” (poetry)
Benedict Grubner – “A tiresome issue” (journalism)

Benedict’s piece is currently the highest-ranking piece we’ve ever had in the Journalism category. Congrats to him, and to Ms. Graham, our Journalism teacher!

Collab Earns Top Ranking in National Competition

From www.bhscollab.com:

The results from the 2015 American Scholastic Press Awards, and Collab is excited to announce that they have earned the rating of First Place With Special Merit – the top-possible rating in the contest! The magazine earned a total of 965 out of 1000 points this year, up from 910 last year, and it marks the first time that Collab has earned the top accolade in this contest since 1994. It is only the fifth time that the magazine has ever earned this top mark.

Only around 60 magazines in the country were selected for this highest designation, and among high school literary magazines, Collab was the only magazine from Massachusetts, and one of only two magazines in all of New England to earn this ranking. Congratulations to the editing staff for their hard work, and to the contributing writers and artists to Collab Volume 43! Great job!

Barnes & Noble to Host Author Event – 1/10/16

Barnes & Noble is hosting an event in connection with their annual Educators’ Week, but the event is open to the public in general. See their announcement below for details!

We are having a special educator reception on Sunday, January 10th at 2pm.  We will have refreshments for everyone and are hosting a discussion with best selling authors Randy Susan Myers (The Murderer’s Daughter), Juliette Fay (Shelter Me) and Nichole Bernier (The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D.).  This event is open to the public and would actually be great for any interested students.  These wonderful ladies had an event at the Framingham store last year and they are incredibly engaging and inspirational. 

Collab Opens the 2016 Final Thoughts Writing Contest for Seniors

Collab, the BHS literary magazine, has just announced the opening of its annual Final Thoughts contest, a writing contest open exclusively to seniors. This contest had $80 in prizes, and the winner’s name will be enshrined on the plaque in the English hall. The deadline for all submissions is January 29 (the Thursday after midterms) and all seniors are invited to submit any of their original stories, poems, articles, or essays (like, say, your college essay – you know it’s good).

Good luck, seniors!

New British Coins to Feature Prominent British Authors

The United Kingdom has just announced the new designs that their currency will display in 2016, and among the new coins are two featuring British authors. A new two-pound coin will feature images of a skull and a crown, representing the tragedies and the histories written by William Shakespeare (see image below). Shakespeare

A 50p coin will show an image of children’s author Beatrix Potter, who was best known for the Peter Rabbit series. Say what you will about Shakespeare’s ability to write enduring characters. Potter must rank among the all-time best authors in creating characters’ names, like Hunca Munca (a mouse), Mr. Babbity Bumble (a bee), Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle ( a hedgehog… maybe a porcupine… not really sure) and Alderman Ptolemy Tortoise.

And bravo to the UK for selecting Potter. While the US collectively loses its mind in debates about whether or not a woman should be placed on our paper currency, they just went ahead and did it. Again.

For more on the announcement, click HERE.