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hannah_1Hannah Grace (I) is representing Milton Academy as a finalist in YoungArts Week 2012. She is one of 152 students chosen from among 5,000 applicants representing the visual, literary and performing arts to participate in this unique event, taking place in Miami this week.

Hannah submitted a collection of six poems, written both in her Creative Writing class at Milton and during a summer program at Kenyon College.

“I was so excited to get the phone call telling me I was going to YoungArts,” says Hannah. “I am looking forward to meeting all the other students who won.”

This is not the first formal recognition of Hannah’s poetry. Last year, she won a silver medal for her work in the prestigious Scholastic Art and Writing Awards—the country’s oldest awards program for creative teenagers. She says her favorite poet is Billy Collins because “you can read his poems in different ways, and he uses great words.”

YoungArts is the core program of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. At the event, students will have the opportunity to win cash awards and the chance to become a Presidential Scholar in the Arts.