After Winning Regional Award, Lexington 9th Grader Enters National Writing Competition

Asrah Rizvi

LEXINGTON, MA— The essay that won Lexington resident Asrah Rizvi the Regional Gold Key Scholastic Writing Award, is entering the National Scholastic Writing Awards competition. Rizvi is a 9th grader at Winsor School.

Rizvi recently received the Regional Gold Key Scholastic Writing Award for her Critical Essay called “Making His Own Path Through Change”. The award was instituted sixty-seven years ago by the Boston Globe, to honor and encourage new generation of young and artistic talents in Massachusetts.

Asrah Rizvi

“I had to write a critical essay and submit it to the Boston Globe Scholastic Writing Awards,” Rizvi told INDIA New England News via email. “My critical essay was written based of off the classic Bildungsroman novel, ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ by J. D. Salinger. My essay was about how the main character Holden, a young teenager, deals with and adapts to adulthood from his formative years.”

Rizvi’s essay was put up in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston as part of the Gold Key Scholastic exhibition from March 11th to March 26th. Now, the essay has been submitted to participate in the National Scholastic Writing Awards.

Rizvi attended Lexington Montessori School, moved onto Bowman Elementary School, and then Jonas Clarke Middle School in Lexington. Currently, she attends the Winsor School in Boston where she is a freshman in high school.

She is very passionate about literature as well as performing arts, photography, and the sciences. Rizvi had previously won first place in the essay contest organized by the India Association of Greater Boston at their Republic Day event on January 30th, 2017.  Rizvi was also asked to represent North America at the World Festival of Children’s Performing Arts as a member of Jonas Clarke Middle School, which was named the Best Children’s Theater Drama Program in the United States last year. It is considered “the Olympics of children’s performing arts”, and it occurs every four years.

In 2016, this 6-day festival was held in Toyama, Japan.

“I played the role of Bagheera, the black panther, in the play adaptation of “The Jungle Book” by Rudyard Kipling. My cast and I attended and performed this play at the festival and spent another 9 days touring around Japan,” Rizvi said. “I also love to dance. I have been dancing for 11 years now, and I’ve learned ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, and I am currently on a competitive hip hop team.”

In addition, Rizvi plays volleyball, squash, tennis and other sports, and is currently the captain of the JV tennis team.

What do Rizvi’s parents think about her achievements?

“All parents try their best for their children to succeed in life. We have tried to instill in our daughters the traditional values that were ingrained in us by our parents and the extended family while growing up in India,” said her father, Syed Ali Rizvi.  “We are happy that Asrah values and cherishes those relationships. She is equally at ease with an 80 year old or a 4 year old. She respects elders, is focused and has a very positive attitude…We are humbled.”


  1. God bless. It is indeed a great achievement
    We all are proud of her. May the exalted Lord grant her more success in all her endevours ahead. Amen.


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