Seventeen-year-old Kailee Pedersen of Lincoln is one of 20 students nationwide awarded a scholarship for gifted students.
According to the Davidson Institute, Kailee's literature portfolio, "The Transliteration of Flesh," tackled a hierarchy of sociocultural power. In presenting the narratives of the powerless, her portfolio explored the interdisciplinary interactions between critical theory, postmodernism, third wave feminism, and postcolonial theory.
Through these theoretical frameworks, she deconstructs the mechanics of literary domination, resolving the tension between an oppressive society and the individual self.
Kailee was awarded a $25,000 scholarship.
The Davidson Fellows Scholarship program offers $50,000, $25,000 and $10,000 college scholarships to students 18 or younger, who have created significant projects that have the potential to benefit society in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, literature, philosophy and music.
Kailee and the 19 other students will be honored at a reception in Washington, D.C., on September 28th.