2019 – 2020
Written communication is an area in which machines cannot compete with humans. Communicating with beauty, persuasion, and sophistication requires years of consistent instruction and effort, and our teachers work with students in a very deliberate way to help them hone their writing. Because of this, our students enjoy sharing their ideas with others through essays and creative works. Each year a staggering number of MMS students enter and win writing competitions held throughout the state and nation.
|Scholastic Writing Awards||March 2020||
Ysola S. and Symone P. were invited to accept their writing awards at the University of Iowa this year!
|VFW Patriots’ Pen Award||December 2019||
Our Junior High writers swept the local VFW Patriots’ Pen Awards again this year with their essays entitled What Makes America Great. In the local awards, Japveer S. won 3rd place, Isabela K. won 2nd, and Zoe P. won 1st!! At the district level, Isabela K. won 3rd place and attended a ceremony in February with Mr. Riggs who was awarded 2nd in the Best Teacher category!
2018 – 2019
|Scholastic Writing Awards||March 2019||
Kenady F. won a Silver Medal at the Scholastic Art & Writing Competition at the national level for her short humorous piece, “How to Get a Girl to Go Out with You.” She is only one of 34 students in the nation to receive an award in the humor category.
|VFW Patriots’ Pen Award||December 2018||
Three Junior High students swept the local VFW Patriots’ Pen Awards. All three moved on to the district level, where out of 435 entries, Alexander R’s came in second.
2017 – 2018
|Scholastic Writing Awards||March 2018||
|Voice of Democracy Certificate of Merit||December 2017||
Three Junior High students were selected as post winners by VFW Post 1465. They were selected among a group of 30 students across area schools and swept the competition. Along with a certificate Himani C. won $100, Daisia G. $75, and Isabella F. $50.
2016 – 2017
|Scholastic Writing Awards||May 2017||
MMS took home ten awards in the statewide Scholastic Writing Awards, which was more then any other school in the Wisconsin/Illinois area. Thirty three percent of the scholastic writing award recipients were MMS students.
Junior High teacher Mr. Riggs received the Scholastic Writing Teacher Award.
This year, MMS won five gold keys, which is the most we’ve ever won in a single year.
|DSHA Beacon Scholarship||March 2017||Aleria J. won the four-year full-tuition scholarship to attend Divine Savior Holy Angels High School.|
|Voice of Democracy Certificate of Merit||January 2017||
These Junior High students wrote on the theme of “The America I Believe In”, and were selected as post winners by VFW Post 1465. Along with a certificate Grace won $100, Manas $75, and Quinn $50.
2015 – 2016
National Scholastic Writing Competition
Cady M. won a Gold Medal in the state Scholastic Writing Competition and a Silver Medal in the national competition for her novel The Raid on England.
The novel is only 1 of 30 in the entire nation to be recognized with an award at this level and her primary competition was high school students. This is the first win at Milwaukee Montessori School since 2011 at the national level.
Read: The Raid on England.
|Joe Lubar Scholarship||February 2016||Gerry P. won the prestigious Joe Lubar Scholarship to University School of Milwaukee. This is a four-year, full tuition scholarship. Read more.|
|Voice of Democracy Certificate of Merit||December 2015||Eleanor T. won the Voice of Democracy Certificate of Merit from the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) for her essay. The certificate calls her “An Outstanding Spokesman for Freedom”.|
|Scholastic Writing Awards||February 2016||
MMS took home 10 awards in the statewide Scholastic Writing Awards.
Silver Key Winners: Shannon L., Frank O.
Honorable Mention Winners: Anika G. (2), Riley H., William K., Shannon L., Jayla N., Calaway S.
2014 – 2015
|Joe Lubar Scholarship||March 2015||Chyna B. won the prestigious Joe Lubar Scholarship to University School Milwaukee. This is a four-year, full tuition scholarship. Read more.|
|Scholastic Writing Awards||February 2015||
Of the total 174 statewide Scholastic Writing entries, MMS students took home 16 awards. There were 10 Silver Key winners and 6 honorable mentions. Over 50% of our student’s entries won an award, and MMS accounted for 15% of all the awards given out in the state.
The Scholastic Writing Awards are national and have been in existence for 80 years. The students will be recognized by Still Waters Collective and The Alliance for Young Artists.
Our very own Ben Riggs won the prestigious Janet Martin Award for writing education excellence.
Students submitted works in the follow genres: humor, journalism, persuasive writing, short story, flash fiction and general writing portfolio samples.
Silver Key Winners:
Aidan B., Chyna B., Cady M., Calaway S., Deniz D., Megan K., Olivia E., Jayla N., Riley H., Sam S.
Honorable Mention Winners:
Meghan O., Megan K., Miranda L., Sam S., Vincent D., William M.
2013 – 2014
|MTEA – Journal Sentinel Martin Luther King Jr. Student Essay||January 2014||Junior High Student Madison K., placed second in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. student essay contest. Her essay “Nonviolence is more effective than violence,” was published in print and online at JSOnline.com.|
|MPM Student Poetry Contest||April 2014||Anika G., a 6th grader, is a winner in the 2013-2014 Milwaukee Public Museum Student Poetry contest. The theme of this year’s competition was “Journeys” and students were to write a poem inspired by an artifact or exhibit at the museum.|
2012 – 2013
|MTEA – Journal Sentinel Martin Luther King Jr. Student Essay||January 2014||Maggie Shafer won second place for her essay entitled “King’s Ideals Continue to Change Numerous Lives”|