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Breck students earn national recognition

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

TréAllen Warner '18, Deirdre O'Neill ‘19, and Melinda Samaratunga '18 earned national recognition in the 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing awards.

Tré's poem "17 + Black" was awarded the American Voices Medal, which recognizes the top five "Best in Show" submissions from his category that most exemplify originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision. Tré will receive his award at a ceremony at Carnegie Hall in June and his work will be on display in the Art.Write.Now. exhibition in New York City.

Deirdre's ceramics submission, "Meat-amorphosis,” was awarded a silver medal. Melinda also received a silver medal for her personal essay, "Error 404: Identity Not Found." Silver medal winners are stand-out works submitted to local programs that demonstrate exceptional ability.

This year, nearly 350,000 works of art and writing were submitted with less than one percent recognized at the national level.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the nation's longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 7-12. Award winners from this competition are identified as some of the most talented young artists and writers in the nation. More information can be found on their website: artandwriting.org.