Scottsdale student wins prestigious scholarship

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- A Valley high school student is making Arizona proud. Haley Lee, 16, is a recipient of the country's longest-running and most prestigious award for creative teens.

Lee is one of 16 Portfolio Gold Medalists in the 2014 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. She won her award for her "outstanding writing portfolio." 

The honor came with a $10,000 cash scholarship, plus a trip to New York City to accept the award at Carnegie Hall. "It was really great to be in New York and meet all the other young, talented artists and writers," Lee told Kaley O'Kelley on Monday's Good Morning Arizona. "It was a really fantastic experience.'

Lee, a recent high school graduate, entered eight writing pieces that were judged by a panel of experts.

"I was notified in March that I had won a national scholarship," she says.

It's no small honor. Previous recipients include Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Stephen King and Andy Warhol.

She says she loves to write, and she says she plans to go to Brown University. She hasn't picked her major, but definitely plans to pursue her writing in some form.

"I'm looking forward to the next chapter with Brown," she says "I'm excited to see where it takes me."

For more information on this scholarship, visit www.artandwriting.org.