We are pleased to announce that Sidney Wollmuth, a junior at Farmington High School, has earned a National Medal in the 2017
Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
, presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. Sidney’s work was selected by creative professionals as among the most accomplished in the nation. This year, more than 330,000 works of art and writing were submitted. Less than 1% were recognized at the national level. Students receiving top Awards have been invited to attend a ceremony at the world-famous Carnegie Hall on June 8 and to participate in showcase events at Parsons School for Design at The New School and Pratt Institute’s Pratt Manhattan Gallery in New York City.
Sidney earned her National Medal for a piece of flash fiction (a very short story, typically only a few hundred words) entitled Tomayto, Tomahto. This was one of many pieces, including some poems and longer stories, that she considered submitting to the competition. According to Megan LaChapelle, Sidney’s AP: Language and Composition teacher, Sidney enjoys writing and has been doing so for quite a long time. Ms. LaChapelle said, “I am particularly impressed with Sidney because she knew of this competition and decided to enter on her own.… She is talented, dedicated and incredibly kind. It is awesome to see a student that is so passionate about writing fiction. I’m so proud of her!”