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Six Students Receive The New York Life Award As Part Of The 2011 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Teen Artists and Writers Recognized in Creativity and Bereavement Category

NEW YORK, N.Y., March 28, 2011 - Six students received the New York Life Award in the 2011 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the longest running, most prestigious recognition program for teenage artists and writers in the United States, administered by the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. The creation of the award was part of a $50,000 contribution by New York Life Foundation to the Alliance.

To be considered for the special New York Life Award, teens in grades 7 - 12 needed to submit work that dealt with issues of bereavement or loss. Nearly 12,000 entered their work for consideration. Each of the New York Life Award winners received a $1,000 scholarship. The New York Life Award recipients and their submissions are:

  • "Elizabeth Ballou, a junior at Maggie L. Walker Governor's School for Government and International Studies and resident of Richmond, VA, for her short story, Ants Go Marching;
  • "Rachel Berger, a junior and participant in Writopia Lab after school program and resident of Brooklyn, NY, for her personal essay/memoir, Turning Seventeen;
  • "Jason Brown, a senior at Bob Jones High School and resident of Madison, AL, for his oil and wire on wood painting, Waves of Despair;
  • "Hannah Kerr, a senior at Governor Mifflin Senior High School and resident of Mohnton, PA, for her chalk pastel drawing, Reflect;
  • "Angela Lin, a sophomore at Northview High School and resident of John's Creek, GA, for her oil on canvas painting, This Too Shall Pass; and
  • "Adeline Poris, a junior at Lasa High School and resident of Austin, TX, for her personal essay/memoir, Andy.
  • Scholastic Art & Writing Awards national medalists will be honored at a special ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City on May 31. This year, there were 185,000 submissions in 29 categories of art and writing. Select award-winning art and writing will be exhibited at the World Financial Center Courtyard Gallery in Lower Manhattan from June 1 - 19. New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has declared May 31 the official Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Day and the top of the Empire State Building will be lit in gold in honor of the students' achievements.

    About the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

    The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers identifies teenagers with exceptional artistic and literary talent and brings their remarkable work to a national audience through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Since 1923, the Awards have recognized more than 13 million students and made available over $25 million in scholarships. They continue to be the longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens and the largest source of scholarships for young artists and writers. The program is generously supported by Scholastic Inc., Maurice R. Robinson Foundation, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, Command Web Offset, AMD Foundation, The New York Times, Dick Blick Co., Ovation, and New York Life Foundation. For more information, please visit our media room or

    About The New York Life Foundation

    Inspired by New York Life’s tradition of service and humanity, the New York Life Foundation has, since its founding in 1979, provided more than $140 million in charitable contributions to national and local nonprofit organizations. Through its focus on “Nurturing the Children,” the Foundation supports programs that benefit young people, particularly in the areas of safe places to learn and grow, educational enhancement opportunities and childhood bereavement. The Foundation also encourages and facilitates the community involvement of employees, agents, and retirees of New York Life through its Volunteers for Life program. To learn more, please visit the Foundation's Web site at