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Student Achievements:
National YoungArts Awards & U.S. Presidential Scholar Recognition (2013-)

Please email editors@theadroitjournal.org if you have an achievement to report. We’re proud of our staff and mentorship alumni, and hope you’ll share your good news with us! Note: Contributors, past and present, are not included on this list at this time.

2020
Isabella Cho, IL, Summer Mentee (Poetry), Recipient – $50,000 Lin Arison Award in Writing
Isabella Cho, IL, Summer Mentee (Poetry), U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts – Writing
Taylor Fang
, UT, Summer Mentee (Poetry), U.S. Presidential Scholar in Academics – Utah
Jieyan Wang, ID, Summer Mentee (Fiction), U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts – Writing

Kelsie Bennett
, NC, Summer Mentee (Poetry), Merit – Writing (Spoken Word)
Daniel Blokh
, AL, Summer Mentee (Nonfiction), Honorable Mention – Writing (Spoken Word)
Emory Brinson, NC, Summer Mentee (Poetry), Merit – Writing (Poetry)
Isabella Cho
, IL, Summer Mentee (Poetry), Finalist – Writing (Poetry)
Isabella Cho, IL, Summer Mentee (Poetry), U.S. Pres. Scholar in the Arts – Nominee
Annika Clark, AZ, Summer Mentee (Fiction), Merit – Writing (Short Story)
Olivia Dupuy, CA, Summer Mentee (Nonfiction), Honorable Mention – Writing (Poetry)
Hannah Han, CA, Summer Mentee (Fiction), Merit – Writing (Short Story)
Heather Jensen, AZ, Summer Mentee (Poetry), U.S. Pres. Scholar in Academics – Nominee
Isabella Jiang, NJ, Summer Mentee (Poetry), Merit – Writing (Play or Script)
Yasmeen Khan
, TX, Summer Mentee (Fiction), Finalist – Writing (Short Story)
Felix Killingworth, SC, Summer Mentee (Poetry), Merit – Writing (Creative Nonfiction)
Sarah Lao, GA, Summer Mentee (Poetry), Finalist – Writing (Poetry)
Esther Lee, CA, Content Writer*, Honorable Mention – Writing (Poetry)
Youngseo Lee, AZ, Intern, Finalist – Writing (Creative Nonfiction)
Youngseo Lee, AZ, Intern, U.S. Pres. Scholar in the Arts – Nominee
Jeffrey Liao
, NJ, Summer Mentee (Poetry) & Poetry Reader, Finalist – Writing (Poetry)
Jeffrey Liao, NJ, Summer Mentee (Poetry), U.S. Pres. Scholar in the Arts – Nominee
Cynthia Lu, MA, Summer Mentee (Poetry), Merit – Writing (Poetry)
Cynthia Lu, MA, Summer Mentee (Poetry), U.S. Pres. Scholar in Academics – Nominee
Frances McKittrick, NY, Summer Mentee (Fiction), Finalist – Writing (Play or Script)
Frances McKittrick, NY, Summer Mentee (Fiction), Honorable Mention – Writing (Short Story)
Frances McKittrick, NY, Summer Mentee (Fiction), U.S. Pres. Scholar in the Arts – Nominee
Uma Menon, FL, Summer Mentee (Poetry), Honorable Mention – Writing (Poetry)
Anna Wang, IL, Summer Mentee (Poetry), Merit – Writing (Poetry)
Anna Wang, IL, Summer Mentee (Poetry), U.S. Pres. Scholar in Academics – Semifinalist
Grace Wang, IN, Summer Mentee (Poetry), Honorable Mention – Writing (Short Story)
Grace Wang, IN, Summer Mentee (Poetry), U.S. Pres. Scholar in Academics – Nominee
Jieyan Wang, ID, Summer Mentee (Fiction), U.S. Pres. Scholar in Academics – Nominee
Jieyan Wang, ID, Summer Mentee (Fiction), U.S. Pres. Scholar in the Arts – Nominee
Lydia Wei
, MD, Summer Mentee (Poetry), Finalist – Writing (Poetry)
Lydia Wei, MD, Summer Mentee (Poetry), U.S. Pres. Scholar in the Arts – Nominee
Krystal Yang, CA, Summer Mentee (Fiction), Merit – Writing (Short Story)

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2019
Sahara Sidi, VA, Summer Mentee (Nonfiction), Recipient – $50,000 Lin Arison Award in Writing
Sophie Paquette
, MI, Summer Mentee (Nonfiction) & Prose Reader*, U.S. Pres. Scholar in the Arts — Writing
Daniel Blokh
, AL, Summer Mentee (Nonfiction), Merit – Writing (Poetry)
Bronwen Brenner, NY, Summer Mentee (Fiction), Finalist – Writing (Nonfiction)
Eliza Browning, CT, Summer Mentee (Poetry), Merit – Writing (Poetry)
Emma Choi
, VA, Summer Mentee (Poetry), Honorable Mention – Writing (Short Story)
Audrey Kim, PA, Summer Mentee (Poetry), Honorable Mention – Writing (Poetry)
Eunice Lee, CA, Summer Mentee (Fiction), Merit – Writing (Short Story)
Qingying (Susan) Li, MA, Summer Mentee (Poetry), Merit – Writing (Poetry)
Serena Lin, NJ, Summer Mentee (Poetry), Finalist – Writing (Creative Nonfiction)
Juliet Lubwama, PA, Summer Mentee (Poetry), Finalist – Writing (Poetry)
Megan Lunny, PA, Summer Mentee (Fiction), Finalist – Writing (Short Story)
Sophie Paquette
, MI, Summer Mentee (Nonfiction) & Prose Reader*, Finalist – Writing (Short Story)
Sahara Sidi, VA, Summer Mentee (Nonfiction), Finalist – Writing (Creative Nonfiction)
Nikki Velletri, RI, Summer Mentee (Poetry), Finalist – Writing (Poetry)
Anna Wang, IL, Summer Mentee (Poetry), Merit – Writing (Poetry)

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2018
Aidan Forster, SC, Summer Mentee (Poetry) & Blog Editor*, Recipient – $50,000 Lin Arison Award in Writing
Aidan Forster
, SC, Summer Mentee (Poetry) & Blog Editor*, U.S. Pres. Scholar in the Arts – Writing
Jacqueline He, CA, Summer Mentee (Fiction), U.S. Pres. Scholar in the Arts – Writing
Alisha Yi, NV, Summer Mentee (Poetry), U.S. Pres. Scholar in the Arts – Writing
Isabella Alvarez, NH, Summer Mentee (Fiction), Honorable Mention – Writing (Nonfiction)
Isabella Alvarez, NH, Summer Mentee (Fiction), Merit – Writing (Poetry)
Isabella Alvarez, NH, Summer Mentee (Fiction), Merit – Writing (Short Story)
Matilda Berke, CA, Summer Mentee (Poetry), Merit – Writing (Novel)
Margaret Blackburn, MI, Summer Mentee (Poetry), Finalist – Writing (Poetry)
Daniel Blokh, AL, Summer Mentee (Nonfiction), Honorable Mention – Writing (Poetry)
Annabel Brazaitis, WV, Summer Mentee (Poetry), Merit – Writing (Short Story)
Bronwen Brenner, NY, Summer Mentee (Fiction), Merit – Writing (Short Story)
Emma Choi, VA, Summer Mentee (Poetry), Honorable Mention – Writing (Short Story)
Aidan Forster, SC, Summer Mentee (Poetry) & Blog Editor*, Finalist – Writing (Creative Nonfiction)
Aidan Forster, SC, Summer Mentee (Poetry) & Blog Editor*, Honorable Mention – Writing (Poetry)
Kathryn Hargett, AL, Summer Mentee (Poetry), Finalist – Writing (Creative Nonfiction)
Kathryn Hargett, AL, Summer Mentee (Poetry), Finalist – Writing (Poetry)
Jacqueline He, CA, Summer Mentee (Fiction), U.S. Pres. Scholar in Academics – Nominee
Eunice Lee, CA, Summer Mentee (Fiction), Honorable Mention – Writing (Short Story)
Christina Im, OR, Summer Mentee (Poetry), U.S. Pres. Scholar in Academics – Nominee
Christina Im, OR, Summer Mentee (Poetry), U.S. Pres. Scholar in the Arts – Semifinalist
Audrey Kim, PA, Summer Mentee (Poetry), Merit – Writing (Poetry)
Rachel Litchman, MI, Summer Mentee (Poetry), Merit – Writing (Creative Nonfiction)
Tessa Rudolph
, CA, Summer Mentee (Fiction), Merit – Writing (Short Story)
Sahara Sidi, VA, Summer Mentee (Nonfiction), Honorable Mention – Writing (Poetry)
Sahara Sidi, VA, Summer Mentee (Nonfiction), Merit – Writing (Creative Nonfiction)
Valerie Wu, CA, Summer Mentee (Fiction), Merit – Writing (Creative Nonfiction)
Zuyi Zhao, FL, Summer Mentee (Poetry), Honorable Mention – Writing (Poetry)

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2017
Carissa Chen, NH, Summer Mentee (Poetry), U.S. Pres. Scholar in the Arts – Writing
Olivia Alger, MI, Summer Mentee (Fiction), U.S. Pres. Scholar in the Arts – Semifinalist
Daniel Blokh, AL, Summer Mentee (Nonfiction), Merit – Writing (Poetry)
Aidan Forster, SC, Summer Mentee (Poetry) & Blog Editor*, Merit – Writing (Short Story)
Samuel Gee, SC, Summer Mentee (Poetry), Finalist – Writing (Creative Nonfiction)
Samuel Gee, SC, Summer Mentee (Poetry), U.S. Pres. Scholar in the Arts – Semifinalist
Julia Gourary, NY, Summer Mentee (Fiction), Finalist – Writing (Short Story)
Kathryn Hargett, AL, Summer Mentee (Poetry), Honorable Mention – Writing (Poetry)
Kathryn Hargett, AL, Summer Mentee (Poetry), Merit – Writing (Creative Nonfiction)
Jordan Harper, AL, Summer Mentee (Fiction) & Prose Reader*, Honorable Mention – Writing (Creative Nonfiction)
Angelo Hernandez-Sias, MI, Summer Mentee (Fiction), Merit – Voice (Singer/Songwriter)
Cassandra Hsiao, CA, Summer Mentee (Poetry), Honorable Mention – Writing (Poetry)
Christina Im, OR, Summer Mentee (Poetry), Finalist – Writing (Poetry)
Katherine Liu, IL, Summer Mentee (Poetry), Merit – Writing (Creative Nonfiction)
Patricia Liu, OK, Summer Mentee (Poetry), Finalist – Writing (Poetry)
Alyssa Mazzoli, SC, Summer Mentee (Fiction), Merit – Writing (Short Story)
Alisa Wadsworth, NJ, Summer Mentee (Fiction), Merit – Writing (Short Story)
Alisha Yi, NV, Summer Mentee (Poetry), Finalist – Writing (Poetry)
Lily Zhou, CA, Summer Mentee (Poetry), Finalist – Writing (Poetry)
Lily Zhou, CA, Summer Mentee (Poetry), Finalist – Writing (Short Story)
Lisa Zou, AZ, Summer Mentee (Poetry), Merit – Writing (Poetry)

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2016
Isabella Nilsson
, OH, Prose Editor, U.S. Pres. Scholar in the Arts – Writing
Audrey Spensley
, OH, Summer Mentee (Fiction) & Poetry Reader*, U.S. Pres. Scholar in the Arts – Writing
Walker Caplan, WA, Summer Mentee (Fiction), U.S. Pres. Scholar in Academics
Carissa Chen, NH, Summer Mentee (Poetry), Finalist – Photography
Carissa Chen, NH, Summer Mentee (Poetry), Merit – Visual Arts
Lindsay Emi, CA, Summer Mentee (Nonfiction), Finalist – Writing (Creative Nonfiction)
Lindsay Emi, CA, Summer Mentee (Nonfiction), U.S. Pres. Scholar in the Arts – Semifinalist
Griffin Blue Fay, CA, Summer Mentee (Poetry), Honorable Mention – Writing (Poetry)
Griffin Blue Fay, CA, Summer Mentee (Poetry), Merit – Writing (Spoken Word)
Ava Goga, NV, Summer Mentee (Poetry), Finalist – Writing (Poetry)
Allison Huang, NJ, Poetry Reader*, Merit – Writing (Poetry)
Michal Leibowitz, NY, Summer Mentee (Poetry), Honorable Mention – Writing (Poetry)
Isabella Nilsson, OH, Prose Editor, Finalist – Writing (Short Story)
Brynne Rebele-Henry, VA, Summer Mentee (Poetry) & Content Writer*, Merit – Writing (Novel)
Matthew Ridley, PA, Poetry Reader*, Honorable Mention – Writing (Poetry)
Lucy Silbaugh, PA, Summer Mentee (Fiction), U.S. Pres. Scholar in the Arts – Semifinalist
Erintrude Wrona, SC, Summer Mentee (Poetry), Merit – Writing (Creative Nonfiction)

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2015
Christina Qiu
, NJ, Summer Mentee (Poetry & Fiction), U.S. Pres. Scholar in the Arts – Writing
Oriana Tang, NJ, Summer Mentee (Poetry) & Prose Reader*, U.S. Pres. Scholar in the Arts – Writing
Bindu Bansinath, NJ, Poetry Reader & Blog Editor*, Finalist – Writing (Short Story)
Noah Dversdall, OH, Poetry Reader*, Finalist – Writing (Poetry)
Julia Falkner, CO, Prose Reader*, Finalist – Writing (Poetry)
Katherine Frain, SC, Poetry Editor*, Honorable Mention – Writing (Poetry)
Hannah Knowles, CA, Prose Reader*, Finalist – Writing (Short Story)
Hannah Knowles, CA, Prose Reader*, U.S. Pres. Scholar in the Arts – Semifinalist
Adina Lasser, SC, Poetry Reader*, Finalist – Writing (Creative Nonfiction)
Adina Lasser, SC, Poetry Reader*, Merit – Writing (Poetry)
Aaron Orbey, MA, Prose Reader*, Finalist – Writing (Creative Nonfiction)
Audrey Spensley, OH, Summer Mentee (Fiction) & Poetry Reader, Finalist – Writing (Poetry)
Talin Tahajian, MA, Poetry Editor, Finalist – Writing (Poetry)
Oriana Tang, NJ, Summer Mentee (Poetry) & Prose Reader*, Finalist – Writing (Poetry)
Oriana Tang, NJ, Summer Mentee (Poetry) & Prose Reader*, Finalist – Writing (Short Story)
Oriana Tang, NJ, Summer Mentee (Poetry) & Prose Reader*, U.S. Pres. Scholar in Academics – Nominee

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2014
Alicia Lai
, PA, Summer Mentee (Poetry), U.S. Pres. Scholar in the Arts – Writing
Aaron Orbey, MA, Prose Reader*, U.S. Pres. Scholar in Academics – Massachusetts
Amanda Prager
, NJ, Summer Mentee (Poetry), U.S. Pres. Scholar in the Arts – Cinematic Arts
Yasmin Belkhyr, NY, Summer Mentee (Poetry), Finalist – Writing (Poetry)
Yasmin Belkhyr, NY, Summer Mentee (Poetry), Merit – Writing (Creative Nonfiction)
Yasmin Belkhyr, NY, Summer Mentee (Poetry), U.S. Pres. Scholar in the Arts – Semifinalist
Nathan Cummings, WA, Prose Reader*, Merit – Writing (Short Story)
Katherine Frain, SC, Poetry Editor*, Merit – Writing (Short Story)
Alicia Lai, PA, Summer Mentee (Poetry), Finalist – Writing (Poetry)
Claire Lee, NY, Poetry Reader*, Merit – Writing (Short Story)
Allison Light, AR, Poetry Reader*, Merit – Writing (Poetry)
Molly McGinnis, ID, Poetry Reader*, Merit – Writing (Short Story)
Catherine Mosier-Mills, PA, Prose Reader*, U.S. Pres. Scholar in the Arts – Semifinalist
Christina Qiu, NJ, Summer Mentee (Poetry & Prose), Finalist – Writing (Short Story)
Abigail Schott-Rosenfield, CA, Summer Mentee (Poetry), Merit – Writing (Poetry)
Talin Tahajian, MA, Poetry Editor, Honorable Mention – Writing (Poetry)
Victoria White, CT, Poetry Reader*, U.S. Pres. Scholar in the Arts – Nominee

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2013
Lois Carlisle, SC, Interview Correspondent*, U.S. Pres. Scholar in the Arts – Semifinalist
Alexa Derman, NJ, Managing Editor*, Finalist – Writing (Creative Nonfiction)
Alexa Derman, NJ, Managing Editor*, Merit – Writing (Short Story)
Julia Hogan, SC, Prose Reader*, U.S. Pres. Scholar in the Arts – Semifinalist
Claire Lee, NY, Poetry Reader*, Merit – Writing (Short Story)
Allison Light, AR, Poetry Reader*, Honorable Mention – Writing (Poetry)
Allison Light, AR, Poetry Reader*, Merit – Writing (Short Story)
Kathleen Radigan, RI, Poetry Reader*, U.S. Pres. Scholar in the Arts – Semifinalist

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