Today, Scholastic announced their national winners and I am delighted to announce that my student, Lara King, has won a national silver medal for her personal essay, “Ship of Theseus.” Lara is a high school student who lives in Michigan and her essay was selected from 350,000 submissions from young artists and writers all over the country. Receiving a national Silver Medal places Lara’s work in the top 1% of all submissions.
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is the oldest and most prestigious writing contest for youth (grades 7 – 12) in the United States. Recognizing many of the best and brightest young artists and writers since 1923, the Awards have a long legacy of celebrated recipients, which include Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Andy Warhol, Robert Redford, Joyce Carol Oates and this year’s Alumni Achievement award recipient, Marc Brown.
I am so proud of Lara and am very pleased that her creativity and hard work are being recognized on the national level. The Scholastic contest is the best of the best in the United States, and Lara can feel proud to be among such an illustrious group of young artists and writers.
Congratulations, Lara! Here’s to all your hard work.