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Evelyn Lloyd is a winner of a Scholastic Writing Awards!

The Red River Valley Writing Project at NDSU has announced the winners of this year’s Scholastic Writing Awards!

The winner from Maple Valley public school is Evelyn Lloyd (11th grade). Evelyn’s educator is Brooke Devitt.

The state awards ceremony took place on Saturday, March 4th at Plains Art Museum. Evelyn won a Gold Key and a nomination of American Voices for her short story, “Until Next Time, Miss McCray.” The Gold Key entries are automatically considered for national awards. Each region can nominate up to five writers and artists who have an exceptionally authentic voice or vision.

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, presented by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers started in 1923. The mission of the Awards is to identify teenagers (grades 7-12, ages 13 and up) with exceptional artistic and literary talent and bring their remarkable work to a national audience. The awards have an impressive roster of past winners, including Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Sylvia Plath, Robert Redford, and most recently, Amanda Gorman.

On Wednesday, March 22nd national winners were announced. Evelyn earned the American Voices Medal, distinguishing her as the top short story writer in North Dakota and among the top fifty student writers in the nation.


The National Awards Ceremony will be held at famed Carnegie Hall this June. Evelyn and her family will be traveling to New York City to watch her receive her award.


Evelyn Lloyd