14 Young Writers Recognized by the Diamond State Branch of the National League of American Pen Women for their Original Works
Wilmington, DE — April 9, 2020 — The Diamond State Branch of the National League of American Pen Women has announced the national award recipients of the 2020 Scholastic Writing Awards. The nation’s longest-running and most prestigious scholarship and recognition program for young artists and writers in grades 7–12, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards serve as a launch pad for furthering students’ future success by providing them with access to scholarship programs and workshops, as well as the ability to have their work published and displayed in regional and national exhibitions.
The 2,900 works of art and writing receiving national medals were selected from the more than 18,000 works awarded regionally with Gold Keys. This year, nearly 320,000 works were submitted in total to the Awards by students from every state in the nation for adjudication. Students had the opportunity to submit to any of the Awards’ 29 categories—including short story, fashion design, photography, memoir, printmaking, poetry, and novel writing—as well as a variety of sponsored award scholarships, including the New York Life Award, which encourages students to explore themes of grief in their art or writing. The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers will hold a week-long series of events in New York City the first week of June, including a ceremony at Carnegie Hall on June 4**, to celebrate the success of these talented students.
**date dependent on the present Covid19 restrictions being lifted
Riley Baker – 10th Grade – St. Andrew’s School in Middletown, DE – Mousetrap (Novel Writing) – Silver Medal
Ashley Bao – 10th Grade – Cab Calloway School of the Arts in Wilmington, DE – Curated Concrete (Flash Fiction) – Gold Medal
Renna Brooks – 11th Grade – Appoquinimink High School in Middletown, DE – It is the East (Short Story) – Gold Medal
Christine Chen – 11th Grade – St. Andrew’s School in Middletown, DE – Raining Leaves, To the Couple in the Kitchen Across from My Window (Poetry) – Silver Medal
Isabella DaGrossa – 11th Grade – Cab Calloway School of the Arts in Wilmington, DE – Si, Hijo (Short Story) – Silver Medal
Lila Feldmann – 12th Grade – St. Andrew’s School in Middletown, DE – Poems for the Female Existence (Poetry) – Gold Medal
Julie Griswold – 11th Grade – Tatnall School in Wilmington, DE – Aegotheles savesi (the New Caledonian owlet-nightjar) (Poetry) – Gold Medal
Iris Hwang – 12th Grade – St. Andrew’s School in Middletown, DE – The School (Dramatic Script) – Gold Medal
Iris Hwang – 12th Grade – St. Andrew’s School in Middletown, DE – Sound with no Letters (Poetry) – Gold Medal
Zoe Musil – 8th Grade – Sussex Academy of Arts and Sciences in Georgetown, DE – In A Blink (Journalism) – Silver Medal
Samantha Oliver – 10th Grade – Sussex Academy of Arts and Sciences in Georgetown, DE – On Birdsong and Love: An Abecedarian (Poetry) – Gold Medal
Jesse Roy – 12th Grade – Newark Charter Junior/Senior High School in Newark, DE – Voix (Personal Essay & Memoir) – Gold Medal and American Voices Medal
Chelsea Tabaco – 8th Grade – Sussex Academy of Arts and Sciences in Georgetown, DE – No Escape (Journalism) – Silver Medal
Ella Trembanis – 9th Grade – Middletown High School in Middletown, DE – Memorialization of our Pasts (and Present) (Journalism) – Gold Medal
Chris Wisniewski, Executive Director of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, said: “The mission of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards has always been to recognize creative potential and to give students a platform to explore their creativity, and it has been incredible to see how this year’s National Medalists have expressed themselves in such thought-provoking and innovative ways through their craft. Throughout our 97-year history, we have been proud to count visionaries like Tschabalala Self, Stephen King, Kay WalkingStick, Charles White, Joyce Carol Oates, and Andy Warhol among our esteemed alumni, and we look forward to seeing what the future holds for this new class of National Medalists.”
To learn more, and to find a complete list of the 2020 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards national recipients, visit: artandwriting.org.
This program is supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com.