National Student Poets Announced

The 2014 National Student Poets were recognized at a White House ceremony on September 18, 2014 by First Lady Michelle Obama. The honor of National Student Poet is awarded to five students in grades 9-11 each year.  The program is sponsored by The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.


Students selected this year are Weston Clark, Indianapolis; Ashley Gong, Sandy Hook, Connecticut; Julia Falkner, Louisville, Colorado; Cameron Messinides, Greenville, South Carolina; and Madeleine LeCesne, New Orleans.


The National Student Poets serve as literacy ambassadors, each representing a different geographic region of the country for one year. The students are selected from a pool of National Medalists in Poetry through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.  Their work is submitted to a distinguished jury for the final selection of five National Student Poets.



The FYI Arts updates are written by Joan Platz, Research and Knowledge Director for the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education.  The purpose of FYI Arts is to keep arts education advocates informed about issues dealing with the arts, education, policy, research, and opportunities.  The distribution of this information is made possible through the generous support of the Ohio Music Education Association (, Ohio Art Education Association (, Ohio Educational Theatre Association (; OhioDance (, and the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education (


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