By Boots Giblin | [email protected]
Trini Rogando, an Alexandria City High School senior, received the Gold Medal Portfolio, the highest honor in the 99th annual Scholastic Art and Creative Writing Awards, traditionally known as the most prestigious recognition for creative teenagers in America, according to a news release.
Rogando will receive a $10,000 scholarship after her work was deemed the most creative out of 260,000 works of art and writing that were originally submitted. Rogando’s writing portfolio, titled “Basic Biology,” consisted of six pieces of writing centered around different characters all of who live as queer women in unsupportive religious communities.
Previous teenage Scholastic Awards recipients include Stephen King, Andy Warhol, Joyce Carol Oates and Kay WalkingStick.