Hari Srinivasan, one of our Jeena Teens (dx with Autism), won a National Gold Award in 2009 from Scholastic Inc, for his personal essay.
Hari and the other winners attended a grand awards ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York, and it included celebrities like Tony Kushner, Jesse Eisenberg and Paul Giamatti.
There were over 140,000 entries that year and the top 50 of these were published by Scholastic in their book "The Best of Teen Writing 2009". The book has a forward written by Nobel Peace Laureate, Elie Wiesel.
The book is available at www.amazon.com. An online link to the pdf of the book is on Scholastic's website
Hari Srinivasan's winning essay starts on Page 129. There is also short note about him on Page 274, based on a few questions the publishers presented to him.
Here are other links related to this event /book.
Media Release by Scholastic on the release of the book "Best of Teen Writing 2009"
Media Release by Scholastic on the Award Ceremony held on 6/4/09 at Carnegie Hall for award winners.
Blog Post by Jill Escher on her Blog "Autism Tomorrows"
Blog Post by Hari Srinivasan on his Carnegie Hall Experience
Blog Post by Hari Srinivasan on the Awards
Blog Post by Hari Srinivasan on the book - Best of Teen Writing