Each year the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards - the nation's longest-running and most prestigious scholarship and recognition program for young artists and writers in grades 7–12 - recognizes outstanding works by high school students on a regional and national level. For the first time ever, a third form (freshman) Hill School student received recognition at the national level for their writing.
“The Fruits of the American Dream are Bittersweet,” written by Diemmy Dang ’24 (Phoenxville, Pa.), is among the 1,917 works of art and writing receiving national medals that were selected from the more than 15,000 works awarded regionally with Gold Keys.
Diemmy is the third Hill School student to receive a National Gold Medal and the first third form Hill School student to earn one. The first two students won Gold Medals as sixth formers.
“Diemmy is blessed with creativity and ingenuity,” notes Senior Master of English Ned Ide, Diemmy’s English teacher. “She sees the world – as do most good writers – through a lens of language.”
At the regional level, Diemmy received one Gold Key, one Silver Keys, and two honorable mentions. She also was the first Hill School student to be named an American Voices Nominee. Only five American Voices nominations are awarded in each category in each regional division and are considered "best in show."