ThreeSixty Journalism student Mina Yuan, a junior at Wayzata High School, has been named a national Gold Medal winner in the journalism category of the 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.
Yuan is the only Minnesota student to receive a journalism honor.
Yuan, who won the award for a ThreeSixty story she wrote on Internet censorship in high school, is the only Minnesota student to receive a journalism honor and is one of nine Minnesota students who received a Gold Medal in various art and writing categories. As a result, she is invited to National Events in New York City June 1-3, including the award program’s National Ceremony on June 2 at Carnegie Hall.
“I am so honored and surprised to receive this award – I never expected this when I entered my article,” Yuan said. “This article was really complex yet rewarding to write, so it means even more to me that I received the Gold Medal for it. I am so excited to visit Carnegie Hall for the award ceremony, and I am looking forward to writing more articles with ThreeSixty.”
Yuan’s story, “Online safety or overprotection?: Exploring schools’ rights to filter Internet access vs. students’ rights to information,” which appeared in the June 2015 issue of ThreeSixty Magazine, was entered into the national contest after she became one of five high school students in the Midwest Region to receive a regional Gold Key in the journalism category earlier this year.
Notable alumni of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, which bills itself as “the nation’s longest-running, largest, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens,” include Sylvia Plath, Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Stephen King, Lena Dunham, Zac Posen and Richard Linklater, according to the program’s website.
Off to AAJA’s JCamp
Yuan also found out in April that she was accepted into the prestigious Asian American Journalist Association’s 2016 JCamp, which will be held in early August at the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs in Washington, D.C. The all-expenses-paid program is a six-day, intensive multicultural journalism training for select high school students across the nation.
Danielle Wong, Maya Shelton-Davies and Amira Warren-Yearby are other recent ThreeSixty students who have participated in previous JCamps.