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Sixteen Exeter students win national writing honors

The honorees combined for 31 medals in the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

March 13, 2019
Bella Alvarez received six medals, including four golds for poetry and short story entries, in the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

Bella Alvarez '19 was honored with six medals, including four golds for poetry and short story entries, in the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

Sixteen students from Exeter combined to win 31 national medals in the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards announced Wednesday.

Isabella Alvarez '19 was awarded six medals, including four golds, for a selection of writing pieces, and Kendrah Su '22 was awarded three gold medals to lead the Exeter honorees. Rajrishi Das '19 also won three medals: a gold, a silver and a silver medal with distinction for his writing portfolio, which includes a $1,000 scholarship. 

Each of the 16 winners from PEA was recognized for writing in one of seven categories: poetry, short story, flash fiction, personal essay and memoir, critical essay or journalism. 

Since 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have recognized the vision, ingenuity and talent of young writers and artists. Past honorees include artist Andy Warhol; writers Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote and Joyce Carol Oates; photographer Richard Avedon; actors Robert Redford, John Lithgow and Lena Dunham; and filmmakers Ken Burns and Richard Linklater.

All of the national winners will be honored in June at an awards ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Here are all of the 2019 Exeter honorees:

  • Isabella Alvarez '19, 4 golds, 2 silvers
  • Julie Mae Angevine Fernandez '20, 1 silver
  • Mark Blekherman '19, 1 silver
  • Anne Brandes '21, 1 gold
  • Penny Brant '20, 1 gold
  • Daniel Chen '22, 1 gold
  • Rajrishi Das '19, 1 gold, 1 silver, 1 silver with distinction
  • Robbie Herzig '21, 2 silvers
  • Mai Hoang '20, 1 gold, 1 American Voices medal
  • Aimee Hong 20, 1 silver
  • Ayush Noori '20, 1 gold, 1 silver
  • Nicholas Schwarz '20, 1 gold
  • Kendrah Su '22, 3 golds
  • Danielle Sung '22, 1 gold
  • Alan Wu '19, 2 silvers
  • Jenny Yang '19, 1 gold

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