The Pathfinder School: Traverse City Community School

Emily Pittinos


Heartfelt kudos and congratulations go to Pathfinder alumna, Emily Pittinos '06 on winning six Hopwood Awards in literature in the University of Michigan Hopwood Underclassmen Contest.  At the award ceremony hosted  January 23rd in Rackham Auditorium in Ann Arbor, Emily’s entries earned prizes in fiction, non-fiction and poetry. She was also the recipient of three named awards including, the Jeffrey L. Weisburg Memorial Prize in Poetry, the Roy W. Cowden Memorial Fellowship and The Roy and Helen Meador Writing Award. The Hopwood Awards carry a monetary stipend and are among the oldest and most prestigious college writing prizes in the country.  Emily is the daughter of Audrey and Christopher Pittinos.  CONGRATULATIONS!!


More about Emily...
Emily Pittinos '06, 19, is a sophmore at the University of Michigan, and spends her time off from school at home in Beulah, Michigan. Emily attended The Pathfinder School for 9 years  and Interlochen Arts Academy for all 4 years of high school, graduating with honors. She is a winner of three Regional Gold Keys and two National Gold Medals from Scholastic Art & Writing in the category of poetry, and the Traverse City National Writer’s Series Scholarship, also for poetry. Her non-fiction writings have gained her the Norman Mailer award as well as placing her as a finalist for the Young Arts award 2011. Her work has been published in the Dunes Review and Polyphony HS magazine. Emily plans to double-major in Sexuality/Gender Studies and Writing, and hopes to seek a career in Art’s Management. Her greatest inspirations come from the complexities of family, the scruples of her own relationships and the work of writers such as Dorianne Laux, Larry Levis and Jim Harrison—those poets who exhibit the difficult and powerful honesty that she hopes will radiate from her own writing.