Raise Your Glass: Adroit Meets the 2017 YoungArts Awards! / by Peter LaBerge

We are so thrilled to share that high school writers affiliated with The Adroit Journal have brought home a total of nineteen awards from the National YoungArts Foundation's 2017 YoungArts Awards!

"Carnivorous Heart" by Emily Sun, Issue Sixteen.

"Carnivorous Heart" by Emily Sun, Issue Sixteen.

From the YoungArts Website:

YoungArts is proud to announce its 2017 Winners - 691 of the nation’s most promising young artists in the literary, visual, design and performing arts. Selected from the largest pool of applicants to date, and representing artists from 40 states, YoungArts Winners receive cash awards of up to $10,000, mentorship and training from acclaimed artists, opportunities to participate in YoungArts programs, and guidance in taking important steps toward achieving their artistic goals. 

Selected through a blind adjudication process conducted by an independent panel of highly accomplished artists, the 2017 Winners represent the top 8.67% of applications and include 166 Finalists, the organization’s highest honor. 

This year’s Finalists have the opportunity to participate in the 36th annual National YoungArts Week in Miami from January 8 to 15, 2017. All Winners become part of a professional network of over 20,000 alumni artists and are eligible to participate in YoungArts’ regional programs, including YoungArts Miami, YoungArts Los Angeles and YoungArts New York.
 

Congratulations to recipients of 2017 YoungArts Awards affiliated with The Adroit Journal!

Aidan Forster, SC
Blog Editor / Summer Mentee (Poetry — Cody Ernst)
Writing – Short Story (Merit)

Samuel Gee, SC
Summer Mentee (Poetry — Jeff Whitney)
Writing – Creative Nonfiction (Finalist)

Julia Gourary, NY
Summer Mentee (Fiction — Molly McGinnis)
Writing – Short Story (Finalist)

Kathryn Hargett, AL
Summer Mentee (Poetry — Lucia LoTempio)
Writing – Poetry (Honorable Mention) / Writing – Creative Nonfiction (Merit)

Jordan Harper, AL
Summer Mentee (Fiction — Graham Todd) / Prose Reader
Writing – Creative Nonfiction (Honorable Mention)

Angelo Hernandez-Sias, MI
Summer Mentee (Fiction — Garrett Biggs)
Voice – Singer/Songwriter (Merit)

Cassandra Hsiao, CA
Summer Mentee (Poetry — Stephen S. Mills)
Writing – Poetry (Honorable Mention)

Christina Im, OR
Summer Mentee (Poetry — Aline Dolinh)
Writing – Poetry (Finalist)

Katherine Liu, IL
Summer Mentee (Poetry — Jennifer Givhan)
Writing – Creative Nonfiction (Merit)

Patricia Liu, OK
Summer Mentee (Poetry — Carly Joy Miller)
Writing – Poetry (Finalist)

Annalise Lozier, WI
Contributor
Writing – Poetry (Finalist)

Alyssa Mazzoli, SC
Summer Mentee (Fiction — Alex Higley)
Writing – Short Story (Merit)

Alisa Wadsworth, NJ
Summer Mentee (Fiction — Maria Pinto)
Writing – Short Story (Merit)

Wendi Yan, NH
Contributor
Visual Arts - Honorable Mention

Alisha Yi, NV
Summer Mentee (Poetry — Cody Ernst)
Writing – Poetry (Finalist)

Lily Zhou, CA
Summer Mentee (Poetry — Matt W. Miller)
Writing – Poetry (Finalist) / Writing – Short Story (Finalist)

Lisa Zou, AZ
Summer Mentee (Poetry — Nancy Reddy)
Writing – Poetry (Merit) 
 

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Stay tuned for information regarding the 2017 YoungArts Week Writers' Reading, which will be live-streamed on the YoungArts Awards website.