The editors of The Adroit Journal are pleased to announce that a total of 62 National Awards were received by Adroit-affiliated students— 34 Gold Medals, 23 Silver Medals, 3 American Voices (Best-in-Region) Medals, and 2 Silver Medals with Distinction.

To put this in perspective, approximately 900 National Awards in Writing are distributed each year… from more than 320,000 submissions across disciplines. We’re over the moon for the 2018 National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards medalists affiliated with The Adroit Journal! See below for a complete list.

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Isabella Alvarez, NH (11)
Summer Mentee (Fiction – Katherine Ann Davis)
American Voices Medal (Best-in-Region) – Personal Essay/Memoir
Gold Medal – Personal Essay/Memoir
Silver Medal – Personal Essay/Memoir

Margot Armbruster, WI (12)
Summer Mentee (Poetry – Trista Edwards)
Gold Medal – Poetry (x3)
Silver Medal – Poetry
Silver Medal – Writing Portfolio

Tess Becket, PA (11)
Summer Mentee (Poetry – Kenzie Allen)
Silver Medal – Poetry

Daniel Blokh, AL (11)
Summer Mentee (Nonfiction – Caroline Crew) & Previous Poetry Reader
Gold Medal – Poetry (x2)

Bronwen Brenner, NY (11)
Summer Mentee (Fiction – Laura Citino) 
Silver Medal – Poetry (x2)

Annie Castillo, VA (11)
Summer Mentee (Poetry – Carly Joy Miller)
Silver Medal – Poetry

Katie Chen, CAN (10)
Summer Mentee (Fiction – Cady Vishniac)
Gold Medal – Short Story

Emma Choi, VA (12)
Summer Mentee (Poetry – Emily Paige Wilson)
Gold Medal – Poetry

Nadia Farjami, CA (10)
Marketing Intern
Gold Medal – Poetry
Silver Medal – Critical Essay
Silver Medal – Poetry

Joseph Felkers, MI (12)
Poetry Reader & Summer Mentee (Poetry – Jim Redmond) 
Gold Medal – Poetry

Aidan Forster, SC (12)
Summer Mentee (Poetry – Cody Ernst) & Previous Blog Editor
Gold Medal – Personal Essay/Memoir
Gold Medal – Poetry
Silver Medal – Poetry
Silver Medal w/ Distinction – Writing Portfolio

Jacqueline He, CA (12)
Summer Mentee (Fiction – Dana Diehl)
Gold Medal – Poetry

Mai Hoang, NH (10)
Summer Mentee (Poetry – Kamden Hilliard)
Gold Medal – Journalism
Gold Medal – Poetry
Silver Medal – Critical Essay
Silver Medal – Journalism

Eileen Huang, NJ (12)
Summer Mentee (Poetry – Gina Keicher) & Marketing Intern
American Voices Medal (Best-in-Region) – Personal Essay/Memoir
Gold Medal – Personal Essay/Memoir
Gold Medal – Poetry (x2)
Silver Medal w/ Distinction – Writing Portfolio

Kinsale Hueston, CA (12)
Poetry Reader
Gold Medal – Poetry

Lilly Hunt, MS (12)
Summer Mentee (Fiction – Glenn Stowell) 
Gold Medal – Personal Essay/Memoir
Silver Medal – Personal Essay/Memoir

Heather Laurel Jensen, AZ (10)
Summer Mentee (Poetry – Alyse Bensel) 
Gold Medal – Short Story
Silver Medal – Poetry

Nadia Eugene Jo, MA (11)
Summer Mentee (Poetry – Raena Shirali) 
Silver Medal – Poetry

Audrey Kim, PA (10)
Summer Mentee (Poetry – Nancy Reddy)
American Voices Medal (Best-in-Region) – Poetry
Gold Medal – Poetry

Ezra Lebovitz, NJ (12)
Summer Mentee (Poetry – Doug Ramspeck)
Gold Medal – Poetry

Isabella Li, NC (12)
Summer Mentee (Fiction – Oriana Tang)
Gold Medal – Critical Essay

Vivian Lu, NJ (11)
Summer Mentee (Poetry – Eloisa Amezcua)
Silver Medal – Flash Fiction
Silver Medal – Short Story

Kaley Mamo, NY (12)
Summer Mentee (Fiction – Maria Pinto) 
Silver Medal – Flash Fiction (x2)
Silver Medal – Writing Portfolio

Alyssa Mazzoli, SC (12)
Summer Mentee (Fiction – Alex Higley)
Silver Medal – Personal Essay/Memoir

Rebecca Oet, OH (10)
Summer Mentee (Poetry – Gabrielle Bates)
Silver Medal – Poetry

Sahara Sidi, VA (12)
Summer Mentee (Nonfiction – Caroline Crew)
Gold Medal – Personal Essay/Memoir (x2)
Gold Medal – Poetry

Emily Tian, MD (11)
Summer Mentee (Poetry – Leslie Sainz) 
Gold Medal – Poetry
Silver Medal – Poetry

Stephanie Tom, NY (12)
Summer Mentee (Poetry – Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello)
Gold Medal – Poetry (x2)

Valerie Wu, CA (11)
Summer Mentee (Fiction – Graham Todd) 
Gold Medal – Personal Essay/Memoir

Alisha Yi, NV (12)
Summer Mentee (Poetry – Cody Ernst) 
Gold Medal – Personal Essay/Memoir

Grace Zhou, GA (12)
Previous Prose Reader
Silver Medal – Humor

Joyce Zhou, IL (12)
Summer Mentee (Poetry) 
Gold Medal – Poetry (x2)
Silver Medal – Writing Portfolio

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. Whether you’re a young writer writing because of Scholastic, in spite of Scholastic, entirely independent of Scholastic, or somewhere in-between, every voice deserves to be heard.

Peter LaBerge
Peter LaBerge

Peter LaBerge founded The Adroit Journal in 2010, as a high school sophomore. His work appears in Crazyhorse, Harvard Review, Indiana Review, Iowa Review, Kenyon Review Online, Pleiades, and Tin House, among others. He is the recipient of a 2020 Pushcart Prize.

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