The Class of 2017 at the Library of Congress James Madison Memorial Building on Thursday, August 31, 2017, in Washington, D.C., with Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden, actor and activist Alfre Woodard, 21st U.S. Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry Juan Felipe Herrera, and Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew. (From left: Dr. Carla Hayden, Ben Lee, Annie Castillo, Kinsale Hueston, Juliet Lubwama, Camila Sanmiguel, Alfre Woodard, Juan Felipe Herrera, and Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew. Kevin Wolf/AP Images for Alliance for Young Artists & Writers)

The Class of 2017 at the Library of Congress James Madison Memorial Building on Thursday, August 31, 2017, in Washington, D.C., with Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden, actor and activist Alfre Woodard, 21st U.S. Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry Juan Felipe Herrera, and Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew. (From left: Dr. Carla Hayden, Ben Lee, Annie Castillo, Kinsale Hueston, Juliet Lubwama, Camila Sanmiguel, Alfre Woodard, Juan Felipe Herrera, and Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew. Kevin Wolf/AP Images for Alliance for Young Artists & Writers)

On August 31, the new Class of National Student Poets was appointed at the Library of Congress in a special ceremony in Washington, D.C. While in Washington, the Student Poets were treated to a whirlwind of events celebrating their achievement. From library tours to workshops with esteemed poets, the Class of 2017 had an experience they won’t soon forget.

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2017 Golden Residents Group Shot

For two weeks this past summer, three educators attended the Golden Educators Residency. This program was created for educators whose students received recognition in the 2017 Scholastic Awards and who are working in the paint medium in their own art. During the residency, the educators participated in technical workshops, met with GOLDEN staff, and explored new ideas in their paintings. We checked in with the residents to see how the experience has impacted them as artists and as educators as they kick off a new school year.

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Socks, Drawing & Illustration by Phoebe Markiles, Grade 12, Age 17, Windward School, Los Angeles, CA

Socks, Drawing & Illustration by Phoebe Markiles, Grade 12, Age 17, Windward School, Los Angeles, CA

The 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards opened for submissions on September 13!

Join the next generation of great American artists and writers by submitting your work to the Scholastic Awards. Our Alums have gone on to influence and set trends in the literary and art communities—and you can too! It all starts with sharing your work with others. By participating in the Scholastic Awards, you are beginning a creative journey, and we are honored to support you along the way. Read More

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Next_Generation_BannerThe 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards opened on September 13! Check out this brief overview of the important changes you need to be aware of before submitting your work: Read More

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New York City educators enjoying the Educators Appreciation breakfast

New York City educators enjoying the Educator Appreciation Breakfast

On August 24, the NYC Scholastic Awards hosted an Educator Appreciation Breakfast for New York City educators to introduce them to the Scholastic Awards and thank them for all of the hard work they do in the classroom to support their students. Sponsored by the Garcia Family Foundation, the event gave educators the chance to learn more about the Scholastic Awards, ask questions about participating, and enjoy a creative workshop. Read More

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August Town, Jamaica (Photo courtesy Alexandra Prince)

August Town, Jamaica (Photo courtesy Alexandra Prince)

For the second year in a row, the Scholastic Awards Alumni Council presented Alums with monetary grants to help them pursue creative endeavors. This year, six Alums were selected to receive $1,000 grants to help them work on projects ranging from 3D printing to DNA testing to staging a performance that combines music, song, and sign language.

In part two of our series on the 2017 Alumni Microgrant recipients, we’re focusing on Alums Alexandra Prince and Yolanda Wisher. Read More

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