Lucy Gardner ’22, Sofia Monteleone ’22 Nationally Recognized for Writing
Indian Springs seniors Lucy Gardner ’22 and Sofia Monteleone ’22 have received national gold medals in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, among many other honors.
Lucy and Sofia advanced to the national Scholastic Arts & Writing competition after receiving numerous awards at the regional level. Lucy won a gold medal for her flash fiction story entitled “Moody Orange,” and Sofia won a gold medal and a silver medal for her poems entitled “Despair in the Quiet” and “Wasted Time.” Gold medals are awarded for “the most outstanding works in the nation,” and the winners are recognized at a national ceremony.
Lucy also received the American Voices Medal, a “Best in Show” award that recognizes originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision. A panel of esteemed judges selects only one writer from each region for this award.
Sofia also received the New York Life Award, which provides six scholarships of $1,000 to students whose work explores personal grief, loss, and bereavement, and exemplifies how the arts can act as a positive outlet to cope with these issues.
In addition to the Scholastic Awards, Lucy was recognized in the Alabama Writer’s Forum High School Literary Art Awards for the second year in a row. She received a Poetry Certificate of Merit and the Judge’s Special Recognition in the categories of fiction and creative nonfiction. She also received the Marvin Lee Paul and Helen Scott Paul Senior Portfolio Scholarship.