MACKIE MALLISON, This is Hazel: Their Experience with LGBTQ+ Discrimination, Film & Animation, Grade 12, Age 18, Grant High School, Portland, OR.

Stills from This is Hazel: Their Experience with LGBTQ+ Discrimination. (MACKIE MALLISON, Film & Animation, Grade 12, Age 18, Grant High School, Portland, OR)

We finish our feature on the 2018 Gold Medal Portfolio recipients with a look at Mackie Mallison and Osarugue Otebele. As an artist, Mackie creates films from the perspectives of those on the fringes of mainstream society to spark conversations that lead to change. In her writing, Osarugue gives voice to those who have not yet been heard.

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FLETCHER JOHNSON, Throne, Sculpture. Grade 12, Age 17, Appomattox Regional Governor’s School, Petersburg, VA.

FLETCHER JOHNSON, Throne, Sculpture. Grade 12, Age 17, Appomattox Regional Governor’s School, Petersburg, VA.

Next in our series spotlighting the 2018 Gold Portfolio recipients are Fletcher Johnson and Sam Wachman. Fletcher uses found objects–Popsicle sticks, old toys, hair rollers, rhinestones, and more–to create objects that challenge the viewer’s preconceived notions on gender. Sam’s writing portfolio also delves into issues surrounding gender by presenting a viewpoint on what it means to grow up as a queer young person.

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CLIO SMITH, Teach Me, Grandpa, Drawing & Illustration. Grade 11, Age 16. Folsom High School, Folsom, CA. New York Life Award

CLIO SMITH, Teach Me, Grandpa, Drawing & Illustration. Grade 11, Age 16. Folsom High School, Folsom, CA. New York Life Award

The New York Life Award was created in partnership with the New York Life Foundation to encourage bereaved teens to express their grief over the loss of a close loved one through art or writing. The Award is presented to six students in grades 7–12, along with a $1,000 scholarship.

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JULIE WANG, Robot Anatomy, Painting. Grade 12, Age 18, Irvine High School, Irvine, CA

JULIE WANG, Robot Anatomy, Painting. Grade 12, Age 18, Irvine High School, Irvine, CA

Our Eyes on the Prize series continues with Julie Wang, an artist who likes to explore art’s “unpredictable potential,” and Sarena Kuhn, a writer who delves into the chance to express herself freely that comes with being an author. Through their creativity, Julie and Sarena speak through their art and writing, opening up new conversations about the world around them.

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CHRISTOPHER VELEZ, Steven's Auto Body, Mixed Media. Grade 12, Age 17, Gibbs High School, St. Petersburg, FL.

CHRISTOPHER VELEZ, Steven’s Auto Body, Mixed Media. Grade 12, Age 17, Gibbs High School, St. Petersburg, FL.

We continue our Eyes on the Prize series with artist Christopher Velez and writer Alexandra Swerdloff. In their works, both explore time. Alexandra writes about things that have happened in the past in order to better understand herself and the world, while Christopher creates miniature buildings whose facades have been eroded by time to evoke a sense of nostalgia.

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RACHEL WHITBECK, Hashtag Black Power, Fashion. Grade 12, Age 17, Monticello High School, Monticello, NY

RACHEL WHITBECK, Hashtag Black Power, Fashion. Grade 12, Age 17, Monticello High School, Monticello, NY. Civic Expression Award

The Civic Expression Award was created for the 2018 Scholastic Awards, in partnership with the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, to recognize students whose original art or writing demonstrates civic knowledge and skills. Recipients of this new Award are artists or writers whose work highlights and demonstrates awareness of American civic rights and responsibilities.

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