April 9, 2013
Young poet earns national recognition
Skyline High School sophomore Niyathi Chakrapani received a silver medal for her poetry from the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.
Now in its 90th year, the Scholastic Alliance of Young Artists and Writers National Awards are given out annually in 28 categories of art and writing. Only about 1 percent of the teens from across the country who apply for scholarships and the chance to have their works exhibited or published are honored at the national level.
Awardees are invited to a ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City from May 30 to June 1. Chakrapani will also be featured on two billboards in Times Square. Earlier in the competition, she won three gold pins at the Western Regional Level.
“I started writing at quite a young age,” Chakrapani wrote in an email. “Little children are attracted to bright and shiny objects, and I suppose that, for me, it was a pen or the ferrule of a pencil.”