Francis Howell North student Ashlynn Perez advances to national writing competition

Posted on 02/22/2021
Ashlynn Perez


Ashlynn Perez
, a senior at Francis Howell North (FHN), took home two first place honors in the 2021 Scholastic Writing Awards Contest (Missouri region).

Winners were selected from hundreds of submissions received throughout Missouri and the Kansas City, Kansas area. Winning pieces will be published in Missouri Youth Write, an online publication which will be available in June 2021. First place, or Gold Key, winners like Ashlynn move on to the national level. 

“Ashlynn is a brilliant writer,” said Jani Wilkens, FHN English teacher. “She’s been working diligently putting together multiple creative writing pieces to submit. In the many years I have tapped students to work and submit to this contest, we have only ever had a small number make it to the national level.”

Ashlynn was honored for:

  • Gold Key – Poetry To Abraham (In Heaven)
  • Gold Key – Personal Essay & Memoir (The Quiet One)
  • Silver Key – Personal Essay & Memoir (Golden Days)
  • Silver Key – Personal Essay & Memoir (Shelf Ghosts)
  • Silver Key – Writing Portfolio (Everyday Holiness)
  • Honorable Mention – Poetry (Molars)
  • Honorable Mention – Personal Essay & Memoir (Your Aching Ocean Heart)

“Getting two Gold Keys for my writing is such a huge honor,” said Ashlynn. “Writing has been a closely-held hobby and passion of mine since I was in elementary school, so it was such a privilege to get to compete. It's even more of a privilege that my writing was chosen as a winner. The award filled me with a lot of confidence and a lot of gratitude.”

Ashlynn’s winning writing pieces will advance to the national level, where Ashlynn is eligible for scholarships of up to $10,000. Winners will be notified mid-March. 

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