Fairfax teens earn top national writing awards

Four Fairfax teens have received top honors in the 2014 National Scholastic Writing Awards.

A total of 21 Fairfax County public school students qualfied for national honors in the competition among 57 regional winners who received commendations earlier in March.

The four national winners include two teens who won top awards in the Scholastic competition last year. They are Aline Dolinh of Oakton High School, who received the American voices medal for her poetry and Emma Hastings of the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, who won gold medals for her short story work and a writing portfolio.

The other winners include Melissa Halbrook of Woodson High, who won a gold medal for her humorous story “Kim Jung-Un’s New Clothes,” and Sara Warrington, also of Thomas Jefferson, for her silver medal work in journalism titlred “Overcoming Intolerance.”

Dolinh was one of four students last year who won a gold medal in the competition and Hastings received gold key recognition for short stories.

The students will take part in a ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York on June 6.

T. Rees Shapiro is an education reporter.
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