Mercer Island High School senior Nathan Cummings is one of six high school students named as a National Student Poet by a panel of jurors from National Medal winners of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.
An athlete by nature and self-proclaimed trivia geek, Cummings’ poetic inspiration can come from any number of places — from his family and personal experiences to unknown ideas that he learns about through reading. Many times, his best ideas come to him while running cross country track. He takes advantage of living in the digital age where he can explore new ideas and connect with poets everywhere. Beyond his local writing community, he is an active participant in online literary journals such as Poly Polyphony H.S., an international student-run literary magazine where he is an editor. Cummings, 18, plans to study English in college. His fellow National Student Poets are Sojourner Ahebee, Michaela Coplen, Aline Dolinh and Louis Lafair.
As a signature initiative of the President’s Committee in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, this program was created in recognition of the positive results seen in students when they are engaged in the arts. These talented National Student Poets will participate in readings and workshops at libraries, museums and schools in their various states, and create community service projects to expand their reach while increasing engagement in the literary arts.