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Villa Madonna Eighth Grader Wins National Gold Medal for his Poetry

Eighth grade Villa Madonna Academy student Liam Collins has won the Gold Medal designation in the 2018 national Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

Initially, Collins won a Golden Key award from the organization, a designation that recognizes the best submitted work regionally. A Golden Key entitles the recipient to a $500 prize and consideration for the national competition at Carnegie Hall in New York. Collins was then one of only 24 eighth graders in the nation to be picked for the national competition. Collins and his family travelled to New York this summer to attend the national awards program, where he received a Gold Medal, recognizing his outstanding work nationally.

“I was honored to go to the National Ceremony and experience the creativity of my peers and to learn from popular authors like R.L. Stine and Marc Brown," Collins said. "It really drove me to keep working on my writing skills and to perfect my poetry. As the lights shone down on me at Carnegie Hall, I knew that this was a once-in-a-lifetime achievement!”

Approximately 350,000 works of art and writing were submitted to be judged in the competition and less than one percent received a national medal.

-Staff report