When it came to choosing a high school, Olivia R. '25 wanted to be part of a community that would support her passions, but also challenge her to be a "woman for others" and reach for excellence in her pursuits. Little did she realize that striving for that excellence would allow her to win a 2024 YoungArts award with distinction for her writing in creative nonfiction.
Each year, the organization receives approximately 7,000 applications, across a number of creative disciplines. This year, YoungArts named nearly 700 winners of the most accomplished young visual, literary and performing artists from across the country, heralding the next generation of artists to watch. YoungArts award winners are selected through a highly competitive application, which is reviewed by panels of esteemed, discipline-specific artists in a rigorous adjudication process.
The 2024 YoungArts award winners join a distinguished community of artists who are offered creative and professional development support throughout their careers. Only 150 of the nearly 700 winners received the "with distinction" honor which allows Olivia to be considered for a Presidential Scholar in the Arts award.
"Loyola is truly a place that cultivates all of its student's innate talents," says Olivia. "I want to make sure that Loyola is seen as a place where creative talents can flourish to the highest levels."