Julia Nolletti '19 has won national recognition in the form of a Gold Award from the distinguished Scholastic Art & Writing Awards organization for her short story titled "Judge."
Founded in 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards has grown to be the nation’s longest-running, most prestigious recognition initiative for creative teens, and the largest source of scholarships for young artists and writers. Many famous writers such as Sylvia Plath and Truman Capote got their start with prizes from this world-acclaimed nonprofit group, whose panel of judges has included the likes of Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, and Judy Blume. This year over 255,000 students submitted works, and finalists like Julia will be offered the opportunity to earn scholarships, attend a workshop in New York City with leaders in the field, and have their works exhibited and published.
Julia's short story is about the perspective of one of Joan of Arc's judges during her trial. She shared that she gained much personal insight into this person during her research and writing. Although at first she thought Joan of Arc's judge seemed severe in demanding torture as a punishment, Julia ended up feeling that this person believed he was fighting for the woman's spirit to be purged of sin and at peace before death. She says the judge "thought of Joan of Arc as a great leader, but he just believed that her cause was unjust."
After winning the award this week, Julia said, "Now I am looking for more contests to enter because I really like writing!" We can't wait to see what you do next, Julia - congratulations!