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Phillips Exeter Academy Students Win Writing Awards, Scholarships

April 23, 2010

Exeter, NH (April 28, 2010)—Three Phillips Exeter Academy students were awarded Regional and National Honors in this year's Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Showcase—an annual publication and virtual gallery that highlights nationally recognized work. The showcase is part of the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, which tracks the creative development of teenagers across the country each year.

In March, each of these Exonians earned National Writing Awards: Caitlin Andrews, a 10th-grader from West Newbury, MA, won a Gold medal for her Personal Essay/Memoir "The Farmhouse"; and Catherine "Catey" Bayse, a senior from Exeter, NH, won a Silver medal for her General Writing Portfolio entry; and Samantha Pellegrino, an 11th-grader from Andover, MA, won a Silver medal for her Personal Essay/Memoir "Fairytales."

Regional Gold Key and Gold Medal Awards were also earned: Andrews, who won a Gold Key and Gold Medal for her Personal Essay/Memoir entry, "The Farmhouse," and a Gold Key for her "Sleeping Life" entry; Bayse, won a Gold Key and a Silver Medal for her General Writing Portfolio entry, "My Heart of Darkness"; and Pellegrino, also won Gold Key awards for her Personal Essay/Memoir entries, "Blue and Gold," "Stars," and "Fairytales."

Art and writing entries this year reached an all-time high of 165,000 from artistic students throughout the nation. The winners of this competition represent some of the most creative youths in America, with over 1,300 who will receive Gold and Silver medals. Fifteen Portfolio Gold medalists will each receive a highly coveted $10,000 scholarship. On June 6, at New York City's Carnegie Hall, National winners and their teachers will be honored at an awards ceremony.

More than 30,000 students during 2010 are recognized for their artistic achievements in local communities, and 1,000 receive National Awards. Students are also honored at Regional ceremonies. The winners who are seniors will have access to over $3 million in scholarships from local institutions. Four hundred seniors awarded Portfolio Silver or Gold medals will have access to partial and full scholarships from a network of 60 arts universities and institutes. Submissions are evaluated locally and nationally by panels of jurors comprised of renowned artists, authors, and education and arts professionals.

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