Rise and Converge is a graphite/collage piece also recognized by the Scholastic Awards earlier in my high school career. Fitting the title allusion to Flannery O’Connor’s writing on race relations, the work references both its black and white medium and the convergence of words in the center, a transformation of both art and society into something new and better.
Jessica Lao is a junior at the Westminster Schools in Atlanta. She is an editor for her school’s literary magazine and a top nonfiction writer and Editor’s Choice award winner for Teen Ink magazine. Previously, her work has also been published in Evolutions and Embryo magazines, as well as recognized by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.