Six students win Gold Key awards; dozens more honored

Six Ransom Everglades students – Chloe Alfonso '24, Natasha do Valle '23, Andrew Gedde '25, Nicolas Imery '24, Parker Martorella '23 and Nicolas Maynulet '23 – each won a prestigious Gold Key in The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Regional Competition for 2023, a distinction that advances them to the national round of the annual competition sponsored by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. RE students also claimed 10 Silver Keys and 28 Honorable Mentions, and many earned multiple awards in the competition honoring excellence in various forms of writing, photography, ceramics and multiple art styles.
Alfonso, who won a Gold Key for Short Story writing, also earned a Silver Key for Science Fiction and Fantasy and two Honorable Mentions. Along with the Gold Key for Ceramics & Glass, Martorella also earned a Silver Key and Honorable Mention in that category. Sylvie Malvezzi '27 earned a pair of Silver Keys for Poetry and Short Story. 

The Gold Key winners are students of faculty members Katherine Bufkin, Jorge Guzman, Matthew Helmers and Matt Stock. The regional winners were announced in late January, and the national competition takes place in March. See the list of winners below.

RE winners in The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Regional Competition for 2023

Gold Key   

Chloe Alfonso '24, Short Story
Natasha do Valle '23, Critical Essay
Andrew Gedde '25, Humor
Nicolas Imery '24, Photography
Parker Martorella '23, Ceramics & Glass
Nicolas Maynulet '23, Critical Essay

Silver Key    
Chloe Alfonso '24, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Renee Fonseca '25, Ceramics & Glass
Nicholas Harper '25, Photography
Jordan James '25, Flash Fiction
Parker Martorella '23, Ceramics & Glass
Sylvie Malvezzi '27, Poetry
Sylvie Malvezzi '27, Short Story
Rogelio Munoz-Franco '23, Poetry
Lily Poses '26, Poetry
Margaret Seabrook '24, Photography

Honorable Mention    
Isabel Adler '27, Photography
Chloe Alfonso '24, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Chloe Alfonso '24, Poetry
Anya Bhandari '25, Comic Art
Patrick Keedy Brown '26, Poetry
Valentina Capote '26, Mixed Media
Lucia Rose Dahn '23, Poetry
Lucia Rose Dahn '23, Short Story
Lucia Rose Dahn '23, Writing Portfolio
Jack He '25, Humor
Ysatis Jadotte '23, Ceramics & Glass
Jordan James '25, Poetry
Hudson Kaplan '25, Poetry
Gabriel Karsenti '26, Critical Essay
David (Tian) Luan '25, Flash Fiction
Parker Martorella '23, Ceramics & Glass 
Takeo Owens '24, Photography
Vladimir Ponomarenko '25, Poetry
Lily Poses '26, Personal Essay & Memoir
Margaret Seabrook '24, Photography
Santiago de la Serna '27, Photography
Taylor Smith '25, Photography
Ethan Sullivan '25, Photography
Esmeralda Swietelsky '24, Ceramics & Glass 
Esmeralda Swietelsky '24, Ceramics & Glass
Sofia de la Torre '24, Drawing & Illustration
Tea Vallone '24, Drawing & Illustration 
Nolan Wu '24, Painting

Slide show of student work
Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.