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BHS student wins silver medal
Since 1923, Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have recognized creative teenagers from across the nation, and on March 18 the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers officially announced the 2014 national medalists including one young lady from Bainbridge.
Bainbridge High School sophomore Sophia Bidinger received a silver medal for her personal essay/memoir “Hannah.”
Sophia’s memoir was part of her Honors Designation class work. Teacher Kim Kooistra encourages all of her students to consider submitting a free choice piece that is written to fit the Scholastic categories or other writing contests in order to gain further writing practice. Previous students have participated and received awards at the regional and national level, but this is the first year a student has won a national medal.
By receiving a silver medal, Bidinger joins an impressive legacy of alumni, who include Joyce Carol Oates, Truman Capote, Stephen King, Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, John Updike and Ken Burns.
Almost 255,000 works of art and writing were submitted this year, and only the top 1 percent were recognized at the national level. These students were identified by panels of creative professionals, and they have been invited to attend a national ceremony at the world-famous Carnegie Hall on Friday, June 6.
The National Ceremony will be webcast live at 6 p.m. (Eastern) on June 6.
Learn more at www.artandwriting.org.