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Fairfax students win writing awards

More than 50 Fairfax County students from 16 high schools received honors in the 2014 Scholastic Writing awards regional competition.

The 57 students include 21 teens who qualified for the national awards sponsored by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers to be held later this year.

Among the regional winners up for national honors is Aline Dolinh, an Oakton High School student who was one of four students last year who won a gold medal in the competition. Dolinh, who specializes in poetry, received a gold key award this year for her works “Accent Marks,” “Exorcism,” “Model Minority,” and “Second Generation.”

Emma Hastings, a student at the elite Thomas Jefferson High School for Science Technology, is also up for national honors for the second year in a row. She earned gold key recognition for short stories including her works “Westward Leading, Still Proceeding,” “Exuent,” and “Sight Without Vision, Vision Without Sight.”

The other Fairfax students earned recognition in categories including short stories, humor and science fiction-fantasy.

The regional winners will be honored at a ceremony on March 11 at Artisphere’s Spectrum Theater in Arlington.

T. Rees Shapiro is an education reporter.

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