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Senior Wins National Art & Writing Award

Max Brumberg-Kraus, a senior at School One high school in Providence, was just awarded a Gold Medal by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for his dramatic script, “Divinities of the Sun.” The Gold Medal honors those students whose works are the most outstanding nationwide and often leads to publishing opportunities for recipients.  Brumberg-Kraus, along with the other Gold Medal recipients, will be honored with a showcase and national celebration at Carnegie Hall in early June.

“Divinities of Sun” draws heavily from Greek myth to dramatize the struggle of balancing religious and logical ideas.  In taking on such complex topics, Brumberg-Kraus believes he is fulfilling his role as a playwright, as the “theater should challenge people to think.”  Though he had a long-standing interest in Greek myth prior to studying at School One, Brumberg-Kraus says the focus on Greek philosophy and poetry in classes equipped him with the tools to create a more intricate, nuanced play.  Additionally, he credits School One’s interdisciplinary classes and creative opportunities with encouraging his artistic growth.

As he prepares for college, Brumberg-Kraus plans to continue submitting his work for publishing in magazines and journals. Brumberg-Kraus plans to continue with theater and creative writing at Beloit College in Wisconsin, where he was awarded a sizable merit scholarship.   He believes the challenging curriculum at School One prepared him for the demands of college coursework. 

As one of ten Gold Medal winners from Rhode Island, Brumberg-Kraus represents the Ocean State and School One with pride.  

School One is a small, independent high school on the East Side of Providence located at 220 University Avenue.  School One views the arts as a central part of students’ learning. School One offers an exciting array of art courses such as photography, graphic design, animation, painting and drawing, three dimensional design and sculpture. School One students are active collaborators in designing their education. 

For over 40 years, School One has served students with diverse backgrounds, educational goals and learning styles from over 30 communities in Rhode Island and Southern Massachusetts. School One offers students a highly innovative and academically challenging curriculum that emphasizes critical thinking and communication skills.  Each year, School One students go on to a variety of colleges and art schools, including RISD, Parsons, MassArt and Savannah College of Art.