Three Brearley students, two in Class VIII and one in Class XII, have been recognized with national Silver Medals in the 2014 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and will be honored along with the other national winners at a reception at Carnegie Hall. Lily Davis, VIII, (center) won her medal for a short story, "The Larks," about a college student who returns home to celebrate Thanksgiving with her family in Maine. As Lily says, "Past Scholastic winners include writers I really admire, and the award has really encouraged me to keep writing." Lauren Lam, VIII, (right) was honored in the Ceramics and Glass category for" Starry Night," a piece of art for which she was inspired by Vincent Van Gogh. Her love of art, she says, was nurtured at Brearley. "I always liked art," she says, but it was this year that it turned into a real passion." Eleanor Broughton, XII, was recognized with two national Silver Medals for her poems. She says that she feels "very lucky to have had so many opportunities to explore literature at Brearley, both in the curriculum, her senior spring project and in the Creative Writing Club."
In addition to their interest in writing and the arts, the three students are active in many areas. Lily is a member of the varsity gymnastics team and has been co-head of Middle School Self Government in 2014-2015; Lauren is a member of the Middle School Basketball team and loves history and math; among her many activities, Eleanor is a member of the Upper School Jazz band and the B-Naturals, Brearley's a cappella singing group.