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Student Achievements:
National YoungArts Awards & U.S. Presidential Scholar Recognition (2012-)

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.

Olivia Alger, MI, Summer Mentee (Fiction)

United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts – Semifinalist, 2017

Isabella Alvarez, NH, Summer Mentee (Fiction)

Honorable Mention – Writing (Creative Nonfiction), 2018
Merit – Writing (Poetry), 2018
Merit – Writing (Short Story), 2018

Bindu Bansinath, NJ, Poetry Reader & Blog Editor*

Finalist – Writing (Short Story), 2015

Yasmin Belkhyr, NY, Summer Mentee (Poetry)

Finalist – Writing (Poetry), 2014
Merit – Writing (Creative Nonfiction), 2014
United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts – Semifinalist, 2014

Matilda Berke, CA, Summer Mentee (Poetry)

Merit – Writing (Selection from Novel), 2018

Margaret Blackburn, MI, Summer Mentee (Poetry)

Finalist – Writing (Poetry), 2018

Daniel Blokh, AL, Summer Mentee (Creative Nonfiction)

Honorable Mention – Writing (Poetry), 2018
Merit – Writing (Poetry), 2019

Russell Bogue, CT, Prose Editor*

United States Presidential Scholar in Academics – Connecticut, 2012

Annabel Brazaitis, WV, Summer Mentee (Poetry)

Merit – Writing (Short Story), 2018

Bronwen Brenner, NY, Summer Mentee (Fiction)

Finalist – Writing (Creative Nonfiction), 2019
Merit – Writing (Short Story), 2018

Eliza Browning, CT, Summer Mentee (Poetry)

Merit – Writing (Poetry), 2019

Walker Caplan, WA, Summer Mentee (Fiction)

United States Presidential Scholar in Academics – Nominee, 2016

Lois Carlisle, SC, Interview Correspondent*

United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts – Semifinalist, 2013

Carissa Chen, NH, Summer Mentee (Poetry)

Finalist – Photography, 2016
Merit – Visual Arts, 2016
United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts – Writing (Poetry), 2017

Emma Choi, VA, Summer Mentee (Poetry)

Honorable Mention – Writing (Short Story), 2019
Honorable Mention – Writing (Short Story), 2018

Nathan Cummings, WA, Prose Reader*

Merit – Writing (Short Story), 2014

Alexa Derman, NJ, Managing Editor*

Finalist – Writing (Creative Nonfiction), 2013
Merit – Writing (Short Story), 2013

Noah Dversdall, OH, Poetry Reader*

Finalist – Writing (Poetry), 2015

Lindsay Emi, CA, Summer Mentee (Creative Nonfiction)

Finalist – Writing (Creative Nonfiction), 2016
United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts – Semifinalist, 2016

Julia Falkner, CO, Prose Reader*

Finalist – Writing (Poetry), 2015

Griffin Blue Fay, CA, Summer Mentee (Poetry)

Honorable Mention – Writing (Poetry), 2016
Merit – Writing (Spoken Word), 2016

Aidan Forster, SC, Summer Mentee (Poetry) & Blog Editor*

Finalist – Writing (Creative Nonfiction), 2018
Honorable Mention – Writing (Poetry), 2018
Merit – Writing (Short Story), 2017
United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts – Writing (Creative Nonfiction), 2018

Katherine Frain, SC, Poetry Editor*

Honorable Mention – Writing (Poetry), 2015
Merit – Writing (Short Story), 2014

Samuel Gee, SC, Summer Mentee (Poetry)

Finalist – Writing (Creative Nonfiction), 2017
United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts – Semifinalist, 2017

Ava Goga, NV, Summer Mentee (Poetry)

Finalist – Writing (Poetry), 2016

Julia Gourary, NY, Summer Mentee (Fiction)

Finalist – Writing (Short Story), 2017

Kathryn Hargett, AL, Summer Mentee (Poetry)

Finalist – Writing (Creative Nonfiction), 2018
Finalist – Writing (Poetry), 2018
Honorable Mention – Writing (Poetry), 2017
Merit – Writing (Creative Nonfiction), 2017

Jordan Harper, AL, Summer Mentee (Fiction) & Prose Reader

Honorable Mention – Writing (Creative Nonfiction), 2017

Jacqueline He, CA, Summer Mentee (Fiction)

United States Presidential Scholar in Academics – Nominee, 2018
United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts – Writing (Short Story), 2018

Angelo Hernandez-Sias, MI, Summer Mentee (Fiction)

Merit – Voice (Singer/Songwriter), 2017

Julia Hogan, SC, Prose Reader*

United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts – Semifinalist, 2013

Cassandra Hsiao, CA, Summer Mentee (Poetry)

Honorable Mention – Writing (Poetry), 2017

Allison Huang, NJ, Poetry Reader*

Merit – Writing (Poetry), 2016

Christina Im, OR, Summer Mentee (Poetry)

Finalist – Writing (Poetry), 2017
United States Presidential Scholar in Academics – Nominee, 2018
United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts – Semifinalist, 2018

Hannah Knowles, CA, Prose Reader*

Finalist – Writing (Short Story), 2015
United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts – Semifinalist, 2015

Audrey Kim, PA, Summer Mentee (Poetry)

Honorable Mention – Writing (Poetry), 2019
Merit – Writing (Poetry), 2018

Alicia Lai, PA, Summer Mentee (Poetry)

Finalist – Writing (Poetry), 2014
United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts – Writing (Poetry), 2014

Adina Lasser, SC, Poetry Reader*

Finalist – Writing (Creative Nonfiction), 2015
Merit – Writing (Poetry), 2015

Claire Lee, NY, Poetry Reader*

Merit – Writing (Short Story), 2014
Merit – Writing (Short Story), 2013

Eunice Lee, CA, Summer Mentee (Fiction)

Honorable Mention – Writing (Short Story), 2018
Merit – Writing (Short Story), 2019

Michal Leibowitz, NY, Summer Mentee (Poetry)

Honorable Mention – Writing (Poetry), 2016

Qingying (Susan) Li, MA, Summer Mentee (Poetry)

Merit – Writing (Poetry), 2019

Allison Light, AR, Poetry Reader*

Honorable Mention – Writing (Poetry), 2013
Merit – Writing (Poetry), 2014
Merit – Writing (Short Story), 2013

Serena Lin, NJ, Summer Mentee (Poetry)

Finalist – Writing (Creative Nonfiction), 2019

Rachel Litchman, MI, Summer Mentee (Poetry)

Merit – Writing (Creative Nonfiction), 2018

Katherine Liu, IL, Summer Mentee (Poetry)

Merit – Writing (Creative Nonfiction), 2017

Patricia Liu, OK, Summer Mentee (Poetry)

Finalist – Writing (Poetry), 2017

Juliet Lubwama, PA, Summer Mentee (Poetry)

Finalist – Writing (Poetry), 2019

Megan Lunny, PA, Summer Mentee (Fiction)

Finalist – Writing (Short Story), 2019

Alyssa Mazzoli, SC, Summer Mentee (Fiction)

Merit – Writing (Short Story), 2017

Molly McGinnis, ID, Poetry Reader*

Merit – Writing (Short Story), 2014

Catherine Mosier-Mills, PA, Prose Reader*

United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts – Semifinalist, 2014

Isabella Nilsson, OH, Prose Editor

Finalist – Writing (Short Story), 2016
United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts – Writing (Short Story), 2016

Aaron Orbey, MA, Prose Reader*

Finalist – Writing (Creative Nonfiction), 2015
United States Presidential Scholar in Academics – Massachusetts, 2014

Sophie Paquette, MI, Summer Mentee (Nonfiction) & Prose Reader*

Finalist – Writing (Short Story), 2019

Amanda Prager, NJ, Summer Mentee (Poetry)

United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts – Cinematic Arts, 2014

Christina Qiu, NJ, Summer Mentee (Poetry & Prose)

Finalist – Writing (Short Story), 2014
United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts – Writing (Short Story), 2015

Kathleen Radigan, RI, Poetry Reader*

United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts – Semifinalist, 2013

Brynne Rebele-Henry, VA, Summer Mentee (Poetry) & Blog Correspondent*

Merit – Writing (Selection from Novel), 2016

Matthew Ridley, PA, Poetry Reader*

Honorable Mention – Writing (Poetry), 2016

Tessa Rudolph, CA, Summer Mentee (Fiction)

Merit – Writing (Short Story), 2018

Abigail Schott-Rosenfield, CA, Summer Mentee (Poetry)

Merit – Writing (Poetry), 2014

Sahara Sidi, VA, Summer Mentee (Creative Nonfiction)

Finalist – Writing (Creative Nonfiction), 2019
Honorable Mention – Writing (Poetry), 2018
Merit – Writing (Creative Nonfiction), 2018

Lucy Silbaugh, PA, Summer Mentee (Fiction)

United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts – Semifinalist, 2016

Audrey Spensley, OH, Summer Mentee (Fiction) & Poetry Reader

Finalist – Writing (Poetry), 2015
United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts – Writing (Poetry), 2016

Talin Tahajian, MA, Poetry Editor

Finalist – Writing (Poetry), 2015
Honorable Mention – Writing (Poetry), 2014

Oriana Tang, NJ, Summer Mentee (Poetry) & Prose Reader

Finalist – Writing (Poetry), 2015
Finalist – Writing (Short Story), 2015
United States Presidential Scholar in Academics – Nominee, 2015
United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts – Writing (Poetry & Short Story), 2015

Nikki Velletri, RI, Summer Mentee (Poetry)

Finalist – Writing (Poetry), 2019

Alisa Wadsworth, NJ, Summer Mentee (Fiction)

Merit – Writing (Short Story), 2017

Anna Wang, IL, Summer Mentee (Poetry)

Merit – Writing (Poetry), 2019

Victoria White, CT, Poetry Reader*

United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts – Nominee, 2014

Erintrude Wrona, SC, Summer Mentee (Poetry)

Merit – Writing (Creative Nonfiction), 2016

Valerie Wu, CA, Summer Mentee (Fiction)

Merit – Writing (Creative Nonfiction), 2018

Alisha Yi, NV, Summer Mentee (Poetry)

Finalist – Writing (Poetry), 2017
United States Presidential Scholar in Academics – Nominee, 2018
United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts – Writing (Poetry), 2018

Zuyi Zhao, FL, Summer Mentee (Poetry)

Honorable Mention – Writing (Poetry), 2018

Lily Zhou, CA, Summer Mentee (Poetry)

Finalist – Writing (Poetry), 2017
Finalist – Writing (Short Story), 2017

Lisa Zou, AZ, Summer Mentee (Poetry)

Merit – Writing (Poetry), 2017

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* – indicates the staff member is an alum of the Adroit Journal staff.