2015 Winning Personal Essays

"If I Could Write to Truman Capote" by Haley Mudrick, Gold Medal Winner
Accidents, suffering, tragedies have been the seed of great art since human beings painted on cave walls. Attempting to reconcile the beauty of one human life with the evil that an individual has done leads this author to write a thank you letter to Truman Capote exploring the theology of evil juxtaposed against the frailty, kindness and ideals of a man who touched her life as a child.
If I could Write to Truman Capote.docx
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"Spanish Eyes" by Cecilia McCann, Silver Medalist
Sometimes a particular song flows through a relationship like a river, tying families and friends to each other with the liquid of specific memories. The author of this essay captures this aspect of art remarkably well.of this essay captures this aspect of art remarkably well.rtant it is to rise like a phoenix from small failures as all musicians must.
Spanish Eyes.docx
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"Phoenix Song" by Whitney Xu, Silver Medalist
The magic of art lies in its seeming effortlessness. The author of this essay, a talented pianist, explores the love / hate relationship with music and her instrument, recognizing how close she came to losing a precious gift, and learning how important it is to rise like a phoenix from small failures as all musicians must.
2015 Phoenix Song Essay.doc
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"My Meeting with St. Francis" by Grant Nickson, Bronze Medalist
This essayist explores a painting from the inside out. A personal encounter with a saint's world was not what he expected when visiting the Frick Museium.
My Meeting with St. Francis.docx
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"I Bleed Amore" by Alexandra Franchino, Bronze Medalist
Can a culture be epitomized by a song? A work of art can enter your blood almost as completely as love, this author finds.
I Bleed Amore.docx
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