2013 Wake County Poetry Out Loud district winner Emily DeMaioNewton, now a 12th grade student at Wakefield High School in Raleigh, is one of 46 students in N.C. who has been awarded National Medals from the 2014 Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards.
She received a silver medal for her writing portfolio titled: When the Smoke Clears. The portfolio included a short story, four poems, and a journalism piece. At the district level, the portfolio won a gold key and then advanced to the national competition, where it won a silver medal.
“It feels fantastic to have my writing recognized especially with such a prestigious award,” DeMaioNewton said. “Other notable winners include Sylvia Plath, Stephen King, John Updike, Ned Vizzini, and Audrey Niffenegger. I get kind of speechless when I try to talk about it.”
The Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards are the largest, longest-running scholarship and recognition program for creative teens, and are presented annually by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers with support from Scholastic Inc. From an initial pool of 255,000 submissions 2,050 works of art and writing earned a National Medal.
The students and their educators will be honored at The National Awards Ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City on Friday, June 6. Artwork from award-winning students will be featured in an exhibition at Parsons The New School for Design and the Pratt Manhattan Gallery. A selection of students receiving awards for writing will have their work published in the annual anthology The Best Teen Writing of 2014. The Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards will webcast The National Awards Ceremony live from Carnegie Hall on Friday, June 6 at 6 p.m. (EST).
You can sign-up for updates and information on how to plan a Local Webcast Celebration at www.artandwriting.org/carnegiewebcast2014.
To see all of the North Carolina medalists click here.