Meet Our Alumni!
Olivia Vande Woude
Olivia Vande Woude graduated in 2016 from St. Anne’s-Belfield School and will be attending the College of William & Mary in the fall. She has been writing stories for most of her life, and has recently focused her attention on writing poetry. She attended the New England Young Writers Conference and the UVA Young Writers Workshop. She was selected to read her work at the Virginia Festival of the Book and has been awarded the Arthur C. Greene Rising Star award from the Piedmont Council for the Arts, as well as the 2016 Emily Couric Leadership Scholarship Award.
Michelle Miles provided the seed, the idea which inspired the teen writing center in 2013, and has participated in its activities from its planning stages. Michelle is a recipient of the local Rising Star Awards for her photography, and inspired the Piedmont Council of the Arts to give nominating capacity to the teen writing center. Michelle is a first year at the University of Virginia, planning on a double major in English and computer science, with a minor in gender studies. She is the photographer for the UVA V magazine, and continues her involvement with the teen writing center as an adviser to the Crossroads IV anthology art editor, in addition to developing poetry workshops for the teen writing center middle school outreach.
Kamryn Crossman, a founding member of the Tupelo Press Teen Writing Center, graduated from Albemarle High School in 2016 and will be attending the University of Mary Washington in the fall. A passionate writer, she was co-editor-in-chief of her award-winning school literary magazine, The Lantern, and mentored our co-editors-in-chief for the Crossroads IV anthology.
Kayli Wren graduated in 2016 from St. Anne’s-Belfield School and will be attending Brown University in the fall. She has been previously published in Teen Ink, as well as anthologies connected with Tupelo Press Teen Writing Center and the Kenyon Review Young Writers Workshop. Kayli has been fascinated with the written word since kindergarten and has recently developed her love for writing both poetry and short stories. In her free time, when not writing, she enjoys watching movies, acting in theater productions, eating Pad Thai, and baking lemon squares.
Sydney Nicholson is a 17-year-old artist who graduated in 2016 from Monticello High School, where she was president of the National Art Honor Society. Two of her photographs were published in the first Crossroads publication while she was a Photography One student. Sydney was recently honored with the Arthur C. Greene Rising Star Award from the Piedmont Council of the Arts for her work in the visual arts, and will begin studying art at Virginia Commonwealth University in the fall.
Hanna Strauss is 19 and in the graduating class of 2019 at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia. She plans to graduate with an honors diploma with a major in Political Science and a minor in Spanish. She’s a Dean’s List Scholar and earned awards from the National Council on US-Arab Relations Model Arab League for her participation and research. She has also studied Arabic in Muscat, Oman through an intensive language immersion program for 2 months. She looks forward to all future opportunities and is grateful for the ones she’s received through both her internship and participation at the Teen Writing Center in Charlottesville.
Heather Walton graduated from Monticello High School in 2015, and is a Charter Member of the Tupelo Press Teen Writing Center (2013 – 2015). Writing is her passion, leading her to attend the University of Virginia Young Writers Workshop for poetry (2011) and found the online version of the Monticello High School newspaper, The Hoofprint, (2012-2015) as well as serving as an editor for Scriptum, the Monticello High School litmag (2013-2104). In her junior year she won the Monticello High School’s Excellence in Creative Writing Award (2014). In her senior year she won the nomination for the Piedmont Council of the Arts Rising Star Award for creative writing, and won honorable mention for her senior writing portfolio in the Scholastic Art and Writing contest. She current attends George Mason University’s and writes for their newspaper The Rival (2015-Present).