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FCAHS Senior Wins National Gold Medal in Writing Competition

Fox Chapel Area High School senior Gwendolyn Davison was named a national medalist in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards of 2020. Gwendolyn won a Gold Medal for her short story, “Blown in by the Hot Winds.”  The story features a glimpse into the life of Señorita Arango, a woman who lives in the abandoned town of Ramita, and her encounter with a group of orphan boys who aimlessly wander the train tracks in search of nourishment and connection.

This year, more than 110,000 students submitted nearly 320,000 works of art and writing to the 2020 Scholastic Awards.  Only 3,000 works received a national medal, which means Gwendolyn’s short story was in the top 1% of all submissions.

Gwendolyn’s work will be published in the Online Galleries at in June.  Her name will also be listed in the Yearbook 2020, a companion publication to The Best Teen Art and The Best Teen Writing anthologies which feature a selection of work by the national medalists.

Prior to being named a national winner, Gwendolyn won a Gold Key for her short story in the Pittsburgh Regional Scholastic Writing Awards 2020 competition sponsored by the Western Pennsylvania Writing Project.  Her entry was then sent to New York City for national judging where it was selected by some of the foremost leaders in literary arts for excellence in originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.

Gwendolyn will attend Columbia University in the fall where she plans to major in both history and English.


The national award is sponsored by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, the nonprofit organization that presents the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.  The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards continues to be the nation’s longest-running, most prestigious educational initiative supporting student achievement in the visual and literary arts.