Congratulations Estella, National Medalist!

June 7, 2017

We are thrilled to announce that our very own seventh grader, Estella Zhou, has earned national medals in the 2017 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. Estella’s short story, China Bird, received a gold medal, and her flash fiction piece, The Sunbirds, received a silver medal. Both were selected by creative professionals as the most accomplished in the nation.

This year, more than 330,000 works of art and writing were submitted and less than 1% were recognized at the national level! Estella has been invited to attend a ceremony at Carnegie Hall on June 8 and to participate in showcase events at Parsons School for Design at The New School and the Pratt Manhattan Gallery in New York. We’re incredibly proud to have Estella represent Prospect Sierra in this year’s Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

Estella is a beloved friend and student in all of her classes. Her teachers were not surprised that she won two prestigious awards. Her fifth grade humanities teacher, David Allen, commented: “When she was in 5th grade, she wrote a short story (I believe it was about finding an injured bird) that made me tear up as I read it. That is the only time a piece of 5th grade writing has ever produced that level of emotional response for me.” And her current seventh grade humanities teacher, Matthew Williams, shared that “Estella has a passion for words and language, and creative writing is something that brings her great and obvious joy. She is extremely self-motivated, as evidenced by her independent entry into this particular contest.”

Again, we’re so proud of Estella and all that’s accomplished. If you see her around campus, be sure to congratulate her!