Emilie McKenna ’24 Receives Scholastic Writing Award for Short Story

Something Domestic, a short story written by Emilie McKenna ’24, has received a Gold Key from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Emilie’s story was one of only seven out of 944 submissions to receive a full score of 10 from each judge and she was selected as an American Voices nominee. She will read an excerpt from her story at an awards ceremony this month.

Founded in 1923, The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have inspired bold ideas in creative teens throughout the country for nearly a century.

Congratulations, Emilie!

An excerpt from Something Domestic

Three yellow walls. Green, linoleum floors. Screams and whispers and sighs. A million sighs, I must have heard that night. Sighs of grief, sighs of frustration, sighs of pain, sighs of relief, sighs followed by anger, sighs at the clock, sighs in the waiting room, sighs of laughter, final sighs at departure, sighs of family members making tough decisions, sighs of the wind against the building, sighs of hope, sighs of the curtain in front of my bed as it slid open and closed, tired sighs, happy sighs, sighs of mothers seeing their child’s eyes blink open for the first time, his long sighs as he sat in the chair, my sighs as I slowly drifted off again…