Jefferson scores large in Greater Washington mix of national Scholastic Writing Awards


Senior Jordan Meyers works on his writing piece for the Scholastic Awards competition.

Jefferson placed four medalists in the national Scholastic Writing Awards this year.  Sophomore Emma Hastings and senior Jordan Myers scored a gold.  Sophomore YouNa An and senior Kristina Hu received a silver.

According to regional sponsor Writopia Lab’s press release, “This year’s national celebration of the awards will kick off in New York City on the night of May 31 when the top of the Empire State Building will be lit in gold.”

The national winners will be honored onstage at a special ceremony at Carnegie Hall.  Select award-winning art and writing will be exhibited at the Parsons New School for Design in Manhattan through June 16.

Hastings’ sponsor Judy Bello expressed sheer delight at the results. “They read part of Emma’s nationally recognized science fiction piece at the regional awards ceremony last week. This woman is a WRITER,” she said.

Myers described his humor entry as a creative way of dealing with the dating game. “Love is ridiculous, and science was the only way I knew how to express that.”

Only 13 students from the Greater Washington area received national recognition. One other FCPS student, Oakton High School senior Nathan Ammons, received a national gold medal.