Winning Student Writing Prize Essay Published in The Atlantic
Winning Student Writing Prize Essay Published in The AtlanticMichael Preston, Associate Director, Communications
Submitted as part of this year's The Atlantic & College Board Writing Prize, Mr. Nguyen's piece, "A Vietnamese Looking Foward to a School of Athens," explored the relevance of the Renaissance painter Raphel's work to Thanh's contemporary upbringing in Vietnam. The essay — which was selected out a pool of more than 2,000 student essays from 43 countries — scored high with judges because it "managed to weave together a careful and historically informed close reading of the fresco itself with interpretations from secondary source materials and with, most distinctively, an application of Raphael's ideas and ideals to the author's own social and political context, as a student in Communist Hanoi.”
Nguyen, who will attend Duke University this fall, also received a $5,000 prize for his efforts.
The essay can be read in full here.