Senior Virginia Kane Wins Five Writing Awards, Nominated for National Prize


Virginia Kane ‘18 received five accolades from the Scholastic Arts & Writing Awards, in addition to being nominated for the National American Voices Medal, its highest honor. The competition received nearly 1,500 creative writing submissions from the D.C. metro area; from that pool, Virginia’s poem “Street Cred” is one of five works nominated to the national level. Only one writer from each region will win this esteemed prize.

Virginia shared she was “humbled” by the recognition, as these awards have “long played a vital role in celebrating the artistry and ingenuity of an emerging generation of young writers.” Her awards include:

  • 2 Gold Key Awards (for her Christmas letter satire, "We Wish You a Merry Christmas!", and for poem "Street Cred")

  • 1 Silver Key Award (for personal essay/memoir "Maybe We're Multitudes")

  • 2 Honorable Mentions (for personal essay/memoir "On Flight," and poem "In Which I Contemplate Genocide on an Elementary School Playground")

Virginia said that her time at Visitation has helped her: “Visitation has offered me the opportunity to not only grow as a writer, but to develop into a more sensitive, observant, and empathetic person; two identities that to me, are deeply intertwined.” This development has occurred both within the classroom, through poetry recitation in English II and research papers in AP Language Arts, and outside the classroom, where Virginia has written for and edited the Wicket, contributed pieces to the Georgetowner, and written scripts for Marshmallow Roast.

“I am grateful to those friends, classmates, teachers, and mentors at Visitation who model to me what it means to live authentically and creatively each day and often go out of their way to support me in my growth as a writer and as an individual,” she said.

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