Creative Writer Earns National Recognition and Summer Adventure

Senior year has been a busy and productive one, for Academy creative writer Margaret “Emi” Nietfield, who has received a variety of honors, awards and scholarships. Heading to Harvard in the fall, Emi is looking forward to the future while working hard in the present to make the most of the moment.

Emi, of Minneapolis, was most recently honored with a $10,000 National Portfolio Gold Medal Scholarship from the 2010 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition for her non-fiction portfolio. This highly-coveted scholarship is presented to only fifteen students across the country and two non-fiction writers.  She will be honored at an Awards Ceremony at Carnegie Hall in June.

Also, a recent 2010 Horatio Alger National Scholars Winner, Emi will receive a $20,000 scholarship. One of the nation’s largest college financial aid programs, the Horatio Alger National Scholarship Program assists high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives. It also seeks students who have a commitment to use their college degrees in service to others.

Before heading off to Harvard, Emi will take a short detour across the Atlantic to South Shields, England to excavate the site of a Roman military and civilian settlement with Earth Watch. This amazing opportunity was made available through the Annis Student and Teachers Enrichment Program (A-STEP,) a program that promotes learning opportunities outside the classroom. It is funded through the generous support of the R.B. Annis Foundation.

Emi will spend two weeks working in small groups, rotating among many tasks, including excavation using a trowel or other digging equipment, recording site data, site surveying, and sampling, cleaning, and processing finds.