Perpich News

2020 Minnesota Scholastic Writing Awards

We are very pleased to announce the 2020 Minnesota Scholastic Writing Awards! Congratulations to the Perpich American Voices, Gold Key, Silver Key, and Honorable Mention award winners and our hard working and inspiring faculty! With this list of impressive students, Perpich Literary Arts has received 17 Regional Writing Awards: 5 Gold Keys, 5 Silvers, and 7 Honorable Mentions.

Notably, Priya Dalal-Whelan, Fern Schiffler, and Tsuko Johnson won awards in the challenging Portfolio category; one Gold, one Silver, and one Honorable Mention. Priya Dalal-Whelan has been named an American Voices nominee, for the second year in a row.

Ceremony Information
What: Minnesota Scholastic Writing Awards Ceremony
When: Saturday, February 15, 2020, at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Ramsey County Library – Roseville
2180 Hamline Ave N
Roseville, MN 55113, USA

Gold Key works are automatically considered for national recognition.

  • Priya Dalal-Whelan, category Writing Portfolio, title For the Places We Call Home
  • Priya Dalal-Whelan, category Poetry, title To Whom It May Not Concern
  • Priya Dalal-Whelan, category Flash Fiction, title Glimpses of a Better World
  • Priya Dalal-Whelan, category Science, title The Witches’ Market
  • Fern Schiffer, category Personal Essay & Memoir, title Big Sky Country


  • Priya Dalal-Whelan, category Personal Essay & Memoir, title Nyoaga
  • Oliver Hall, category Humor, title Hey Chris
  • Curtis Rathai, category Personal Essay & Memoir, title Mind Twist
  • Fern Schiffer, category Writing Portfolio, title Something in the Air
  • Fern Schiffer, category Short Story, title How to Kill a Giant


  • Savanna Ferrera, category Personal Essay & Memoir, title Sunder
  • Oliver Hall, category¬†Personal Essay & Memoir, title She Tried To Break Me
  • Oliver Hall, category Dramatic Script, title Three Birthdays Right Next To Reunion
  • Tegan Hirman, category Poetry, title A Military Kid
  • Tsuko Johnson, category Writing Portfolio, title Rebuilding Myself
  • Naledi Nalane, category Poetry, title Or
  • Curtis Rathai, category Humor, title Muscle Relaxers