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1_19Essie Martsinkovsky ’03 was among 100 young artists selected from a national pool of 6,544 applicants to attend ARTS Week 2003, an all-expenses-paid week of workshops, master classes and showcase performances in Miami, Florida. Essie was one of 20 students chosen in the writing category, for her short story, “An Excellent Dining Experience with a View of the Ocean.”

ARTS Week, January 7–12, is the national finals of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts’ (NFAA) Arts Recognition and Talent Search®(ARTS) program. During ARTS Week, panels of judges—experts in their art form—evaluate the young artists for cash awards and the chance to be named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts and honored with a medallion in a ceremony sponsored by the White House.

ARTS alumni include Grammy-nominated singer/actress Vanessa Williams, renowned jazz musician Terence Blanchard and National Book Award nominee Allegra Goodman.

Essie also won the New England Poetry Club’s Ruth Berrien Fox Award, awarded to the best poem submitted by a Massachusetts high school student.