Raise Your Glass: Adroit Meets the 2016 National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards! / by Peter LaBerge

This year, Adroit-affiliated high school students took the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards by storm—and Scholastic took notice! The editors are pleased to announce that an unprecedented total of 68 National Awards were received by Adroit-affiliated students—28 Gold Medals, 4 Silver Medals with Distinction, and 19 Silver Medals. 

Highlights include two National Gold Medal Writing Portfolio winners (the top recognition offered!) and four National Silver Medal with Distinction Writing Portfolio winnersfour American Voices (Best-in-Region) Award recipientsfour Best in Grade Award recipients; and a Gedenk Award for Tolerance recipient

To put this in perspective, only approximately 2,000 National Awards are distributed each year... from more than 320,000 submissions. We're over the moon for the 2016 National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards medalists affiliated with The Adroit Journal! See below for a complete list:

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Rebecca Alifimoff, IN (12)  
Summer Mentee (Poetry) 
Gold Medal - Poetry
Silver Medal - Poetry
 

Carissa Chen, CA (11
Summer Mentee (Poetry) 
Gold Medal - Painting
Gold Medal - Poetry  
Silver Medal - Photography
 

Maya Eashwaran, GA (11
Summer Mentee (Poetry) 
American Voices Award (Best-in-Region) - Poetry
Best in Grade Award - Poetry
Gold Medal - Poetry
 

Aline Dolinh, VA (12
Poetry Staff Reader
Gold Medal - Poetry
 

Sophie Evans, LA (11
Summer Mentee (Poetry) 
American Voices Award (Best-in-Region) - Poetry
Gold Medal - Poetry
Silver Medal - Short Story
 

Maeve Flaherty, CT (12
Summer Mentee (Prose) 
Silver Medal - Poetry
 

Aidan Forster, SC (10
Summer Mentee (Poetry) & Blog Editor
Best in Grade Award - Poetry
Gedenk Award for Tolerance - Poetry
Gold Medal - Poetry
Silver Medal - Poetry
 

Ava Goga, NV (12
Summer Mentee (Poetry) 
Silver Medal - Mixed Media
Silver Medal - Poetry
 

Kathryn Hargett, AL (11
Summer Mentee (Poetry) 
Gold Medal - Poetry
 

Madeline Kim, CA (12
Summer Mentee (Poetry) 
Gold Medal - Poetry
Silver Medal - Writing Portfolio
 

Abigail Minard, PA (12
Summer Mentee (Poetry) 
Gold Medal - Critical Essay
Silver Medal w/ Distinction - Writing Portfolio
 

Alyssa Mulé, GA (12
Summer Mentee (Poetry) 
Gold Medal - Personal Essay/Memoir
 

Meghana Mysore, OR (12
Summer Mentee (Poetry) 
Silver Medal - Poetry
Silver Medal - Writing Portfolio
 

Mia Nelson, CO (10
Poetry Staff Reader
Gold Medal - Flash Fiction
 

Taylor Petty, VA (12
Summer Mentee (Poetry) 
Silver Medal - Poetry
 

Shannon Sommers, NY (10
Summer Mentee (Prose) & Business Development Associate
Gold Medal - Personal Essay/Memoir
 

Audrey Spensley, OH (12
Summer Mentee (Prose) 
Best in Grade Award - Poetry
Gold Medal - Poetry
 

Parisa Thepmankorn, NJ (12
Poetry Staff Reader
Silver Medal - Poetry
 

Caroline Tsai, IN (12
Summer Mentee (Poetry) 
American Voices Award (Best-in-Region) - Short Story
Gold Medal - Short Story
Silver Medal - Poetry
Silver Medal w/ Distinction - Writing Portfolio
 

Sarah Tran, CA (12
Summer Mentee (Prose) 
Silver Medal - Flash Fiction
 

Rebecca Tseng, Taiwan (12
Poetry Staff Reader
Silver Medal - Poetry
 

Lucy Wainger, NY (12
Summer Mentee (Poetry) 
Gold Medal - Poetry
 

Jessica Zhang, MA (12
Summer Mentee (Poetry) 
Silver Medal w/ Distinction - Writing Portfolio
 

Audrey Zhao, CA (12
Summer Mentee (Poetry) & Blog Correspondent  
Silver Medal - Poetry

 

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Further congratulations to contributors of The Adroit Journal recognized at the national level of the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, particularly Writing Portfolio Gold Medalists Alex Zhang (Phillips Exeter Academy, '16) and Rachel Page (Woodrow Wilson High School, '16)

Maddie Clevenstine, SC (12
Contributor
Silver Medal - Poetry
 

Ashley Gong, CT (12
Contributor
Gold Medal - Poetry
 

Elizabeth Lemieux, ME (11
Contributor
American Voices Award (Best-in-Region) - Poetry
Gold Medal - Poetry
Gold Medal - Short Story
Silver Medal - Poetry
 

Annalise Lozier, WI (11
Contributor
Gold Medal - Science Fiction/Fantasy
 

Rachel Page, DC (12
Contributor
Gold Medal - Writing Portfolio
 

Anna Sheppard, SC (12
Contributor
Gold Medal - Poetry
 

Erin Stoodley, CA (12
Contributor
Silver Medal - Poetry
 

Rona Wang, OR (12
Contributor
Gold Medal - Personal Essay/Memoir
Gold Medal - Poetry
Gold Medal - Short Story
Silver Medal w/ Distinction - Writing Portfolio
 

Alex Zhang, MI (12
Contributor
Gold Medal - Writing Portfolio
Best in Grade Award - Personal Essay/Memoir
Gold Medal - Personal Essay/Memoir
Gold Medal - Poetry

Congratulations to all! And remember that like all awards, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards goes through an inherently subjective selection process. Not being recognized does not imply lack of talent, merit, and promise. Every voice deserves to be heard.