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Zahra Narvel '19 Receives Scholastic Writing Awards National Medal

Congratulations to Zahra Narvel ‘19 for receiving a National Silver Medal in the 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for her critical essay “Mirror, Mirror: Existentialism and Self-Perception in Morrison’s Sula,” which she wrote in John Robinson’s English 10 class last year.

"This was one of my favorite essays to write for English," Narvel said. "I really loved the book and it was one of first papers to really dive into deep thoughts that typically go unexpressed, so I genuinely enjoyed the writing process." 

Narvel received a Gold Key for the essay in the regional competition. This year, nearly 350,000 works of art and writing were submitted. Nearly 20,000 submissions received regional Gold Keys, and less than 1% of submissions were recognized at the national level.

Students receiving top awards have been invited to attend a ceremony at Carnegie Hall on June 7. Since 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have recognized creative teenagers from across the country. By receiving a national medal, these students join a legacy of celebrated artists and authors including Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Robert Redford, Joyce Carol Oates and Marc Brown.