NEW YORK (WMC) - A Memphis student was honored at a National Medalists in the 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards on Thursday at the Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Osarugue Otebele, 16, is one of 16 students who were selected to receive the Gold Medal Portfolio, which includes a $10,000 scholarship, for her writing portfolio she submitted.
Osaruge is a senior at Hollis F Price Middle College High School. Her award-winning portfolio, titled "The Journey," is a mix of poetry and personal essays that explore the world through the lens of people's stories and their connections to others.
Her work was on display at the Art.Write.Now.2018 National Exhibition.
This year, a record-breaking 346,000 works of art and writing were submitted for judging at the regional level in the awards, spanning the program's 29 categories.
As a National Medalist, the high school senior joins the ranks of alumni including Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Sylvia Plath, Stephen King, Lena Dunham, and Zac Posen, who received recognition in the Awards when they were teens.
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is the nation's longest running and most prestigious recognition and scholarship program for creative teens, presented by the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.