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Eastview junior earns essay honors
- Article by: WILLIAM C. CRUMbill.email@example.com
- May 25, 2012 - 5:33 PM
Art. Music. Science. Poetry. French.
They all shape Anna Underhill's world view.
The Eastview High School junior described her world -- from her Eagan neighborhood to the constant quest for knowledge going on inside her head -- in an essay that helped her earn national recognition for her writing skills.
She is among nine Minnesota students, including six from Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan high schools, and 274 nationally to win a Certificate for Superior Writing in the 2012 National Achievement Awards in Writing.
Underhill grew up in Eagan -- she calls it a "very suburban, moderately sheltered" way of life -- but has traveled in France, where she visited the beaches U.S. troops stormed on D-Day, and in Italy, where she took in world-class art.
She plays flute and piano, with expertise ranging from the classical to jazz and marching band. She's a member of Eastview's Science Olympiad team, with an interest in forensics, a discipline that requires study skills and lab skills.
Looking ahead, she's interested in studying agricultural sciences and is considering schools including Iowa State, Wisconsin-Madison and Cornell.
Besides her essay, she submitted poetry as part of her writing portfolio. She fielded a few questions from the Star Tribune:
Q So, how do you look at the world?
A I suppose I'm really a conglomerate of influences. We're nothing more than what has shaped us.
Q Which bands top your playlist?
A Girls, a San Francisco band with a "surfer" sound. Doomtree, the Minneapolis-based hip-hop collective. Metric, the Canadian indie rock band.
Q What's the best art you've seen?
A We went to the Accademia (Gallerie dell'Accademia) in Venice and everything there was incredible. Michelangelo, Raphael. I don't know whether I could settle on a favorite piece.
Q What turned you on to science?
A Science is one of those things that demands problem-solving skills. Sometimes it presented more of a challenge.
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