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From a press release:
Accepting the award from Mrs. Obama on behalf of Young Playwrights’ Theater was Mariana Pavon Sanchez, who was accompanied to the White House by David Andrew Snider, Producing Artistic Director and CEO of YPT. Mariana Pavón Sánchez, a YPT student, spoke about YPT’s effect on her life and the lives of her fellow students. As a tenth grader at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Mariana participated in YPT’s In-School Playwriting Program. Mariana offers the following advice to other young people who are interested in playwriting: “Don’t be afraid to express yourself through writing, even if it is something small.”