North Shore High School 9th Grade Center Student Wins National Scholastic Silver Key Writing Award

Houston, Texas: Congratulations to Michael Norton, 9th grade student at North Shore Senior High School (NSSHS), who recently received the Scholastic Silver Key Writing Award for his poetry collection entry. Norton, a product of Galena Park ISD elementary and middle schools, was awarded the Gold Key Award at the Harris County regional level, which allowed him to progress to the national competition.  Norton’s entries, "Life in Pictures", "Pictures of Darkness", and "Pictures of Light", metaphorically portray life as photographs, and they were inspired by his work as a yearbook photographer.  To enter his work for judging, Norton was required to submit a personal video introduction, as well as a discussion of his poem.  

Norton, his parents, and administrators from NSSHS will travel to New York City early in June for the award ceremony at legendary Carnegie Hall. In addition, all students recognized at this national event will have their names scrolling across the Times Square “jumbotron”, a world-wide tourist attraction in the heart of New York.  

Norton said that his first interest in writing poetry came after he read some poems that his dad had written. He also mentioned his father once told him, “Shoot for the moon because even if you fail, you will land among the stars.”  His extraordinary talent for his profound poetry has been cultivated by his English teacher at NSSHS, Charlene Culpepper, who recognized his potential and submitted his insightful work to the contest. Michael shared, “Now, I often think of lines and phrases that might work well in a poem, and I have to write them down before I forget them.” 

The Scholastic Art and Writing Award dates to 1923 and has become one of the most respected and prominent programs for talented middle and high school students in the country. Students who are regional and national award winners are eligible for scholarships from Scholastic. Norton is interested in attending Rice University or Texas Christian University and majoring in computer technology. While he would like to pursue a career in software development, Norton, too, plans to obtain a minor in writing.


Michael Norton

Pictured: Michael Norton





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