Upper School student Spencer C. ('21) was recently selected as a winner of a YoungArts Award for his poetry. The National YoungArts Foundation identifies the most accomplished young artists in the visual, literary, and performing arts and provides them with creative and professional development opportunities throughout their careers. Just 659 students across the United States (and at American schools abroad like ours) received awards that recognize promise in the literary, visual, and performing arts and provide them opportunities for financial, creative, and professional development support throughout their entire careers. Past winners have included luminaries such as Viola Davis and Josh Groban.
If Spencer's name sounds familiar in connection with writing, it might be because he was one of the winners of last year's Grade 11 writing competition and then earned a Superior Performance in Writing Award from the National Council of Teachers of English (one of only 137 students nationwide). It also might be because Spencer has been co-editor-in-chief of Expression Magazine for the past two years. In this capacity, he has expanded the magazine's work beyond publishing an annual issue to sponsoring a variety of activities to nurture future generations of writers at our school.
You can find his poem "Ghost Stories" on pages 74-75 of the fall edition of Expression, available here via Issuu.