Natalia Kapacinskas, a junior at Fort Bend Christian Academy, received national recognition with a silver medal for persuasive writing in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards of 2013, presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. Of the 230,000 submissions received, fewer than 1% were recognized on the national level. Fort Bend Christian Academy English teacher Mrs. Alex Dravis was also given credit by the Awards for her instruction on Natalia’s piece.
Natalia will be in attendance at this year’s National Celebration, which begins in New York City on May 31, for a special ceremony at Carnegie Hall where she and other recipients will be recognized.
The Awards are the country’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teenagers, with 2013 marking their 90th anniversary. Alumni of the Scholastic Awards have gone on to continue their education at many of the top colleges and universities across the country. Distinguished alumni include Robert Redford, Andy Warhol, Joyce Carol Oates, Truman Capote, Sylvia Plath, John Updike, and Stephen King.