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Rye Neck Student Earns a Playwriting Award

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Rye Neck High School student Naomi Young has been selected as one of the top three winners in the Palace Theatre’s 2020 Emerging Young Artist Scholarship Awards for her original, one-act play, “Twentyfour.”

“I’m so proud of Naomi,” theater director Scott Harris said. “In her three years as a Rye Neck High School theater student, she has taken intermediate acting and advanced acting classes, played leading and supporting roles in our musicals and also served as a Thespian Officer.”

Young’s play will be presented via a Zoom reading, performed by professional actors later this month. She is the third Rye Neck student to be selected for this prestigious honor.

“These consistent wins really demonstrate the talent and hard work of Rye Neck’s theater students,” Harris said.

In addition, Young was selected as a winner of the Student Monologue Challenge by the Manhattan Theatre Club, a major producer of Broadway and Off-Broadway theater in New York City, for an original monologue.