Meet Aline Dolinh who was recently appointed as one of five National Student Poets and represents the program’s Southeast Region!

Aline Dolinh, 15, wrote her first real story in first grade, about a group of cats that lived together in a small town and solved mysteries. She doesn’t write that much about talking animals anymore, but she still loves stories that are a little fantastical. Aline is a sophomore at Oakton High School in Vienna, Virginia, and when she was little she wanted to be the world’s first fashion-designer-astrophysicist-author. She’s been a Girl Scout and has studied ballet, karate, and acting, but reading and writing have always remained constants.

National Student Poet Fun Fact: Despite liking mango smoothies and mango sorbet, Aline does not like the actual fruit! This did not stop her from writing a poem about watching her mom cut a mango into perfect cubes.

Be sure to Like and follow the NSPP Facebook page for your region’s Student Poet highlight this week! You can also view more information on our website, and read a blog post about the appointment ceremony that took place this weekend at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.

The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers partner to present the National Student Poets Program (NSPP), the country’s highest honor for youth poets presenting original work. Five outstanding high school poets whose work exhibits exceptional creativity, dedication to craft, and promise are selected annually for a year of service as national poetry ambassadors.

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