SOUTH MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The 2018 Scholastic Art and Writing top honors have been announced, and one of the 16 recipients is the only winner from Tennessee and the Mid-south.
In a series of poems and essays, Osarugue Otebele tackles issues like sexual abuse, being black in America and police brutality.
"I felt that I needed to write about that and bring those conversations to the table and talk about it," said Otebele.
Her work is being honored by the Scholastic Art and Writing awards.
This year, students in grades 7th through 12th submitted more than 346,000 works of art and writings.
Otebele is one of only 16 students in the country to receive top honors-- the only one from Tennessee and the Mid-south.
Otebele and her family will attend the reception and banquet at Carnegie Hall in New York in June.
She plans to attend Spelman College, this fall.