East Senior Earns Scholastic Honors

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High School East senior Alexis Yang won a national gold medal in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards in the short story category for her piece “Austin.”

More than 110,000 students submitted nearly 320,000 works of art and writing to the 2020 Scholastic Awards. Her story was selected by some of the foremost leaders in the visual and literary arts for excellence in originality, technical skill and the emergence of a personal voice or vision. Only 3,000 works received a national medal, landing her work in the work in the top 1% of all submissions.

The editor of High School East’s literary magazine, “Solstice,” last summer allowed Alexis to indulge her passion for poetry with an internship at the Walt Whitman Birthplace and Historic Site in Huntington. Additionally, she was named a 2020 National YoungArts Foundation Merit Winner in writing/short story by the National YoungArts Foundation. Her work was published in Canvas Teen Literary Journal’s fall 2019 issue.

Alexis will be attending Binghamton University in the fall. While she has not yet declared a major, she intends to pursue further studies in the field of English.