Actor Ansel Elgort (Baby Driver, The Fault in Our Stars) poses with Gold Medal Portfolio recipients backstage at the 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards National Ceremony held at Carnegie Hall in New York, Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Diane Bondareff/AP Images for Alliance for Young Artists & Writers)

Actor Ansel Elgort (Baby Driver, The Fault in Our Stars) poses with Gold Medal Portfolio recipients backstage at the 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards National Ceremony held at Carnegie Hall in New York, Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Photo by Diane Bondareff/AP Images for Alliance for Young Artists & Writers)

Nearly 800 students, their guests, and more than 100 educators from across the country traveled to New York City in early June for our National Events: a celebration of the 2018 National Medalists. National Events is the culmination of our program year, which begins in September when we open for submissions. For three days, teen creativity is recognized and exhibited and educators are shown appreciation for encouraging their students to create.

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Marbella Alberto, Book, Drawing & Illustration. Grade 12, Age 18, Elsik High School, Houston, TX

Marbella Alberto, Book, Drawing & Illustration. Grade 12, Age 18, Elsik High School, Houston, TX

Congratulations to the 2018 Scholastic Awards National Writing Medalists! Gold Key works that advanced to the final round of National Writing Adjudications were evaluated by jurors representing a wide spectrum of literature enthusiasts which included editors, published authors, founders of literary magazines, literary agents, college professors, non-profit executives, award-winning poets, and more. Jurors were asked to identify fresh and relevant works through the lens of three time-tested criteria: originality, technical skill, and personal vision or voice. Read More

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Geeta Dave, Power of Intuition, Acrylic paint, 30’ x 30’, 2018

Geeta Dave, Power of Intuition, Acrylic paint, 30’ x 30’, 2018

Educators spend most of their time helping their students reach their highest potentials. Finding time to work on their own development is difficult, and many educators put their own work aside to devote more time to their students. To help educators develop their own artistic practice, the Scholastic Awards partnered with Golden Artist Colors to select three educators to participate in the GOLDEN Educators Residency: a two-week painting residency in upstate New York at the Sam & Adele Golden Foundation’s artist residence space. The three selected educators are:

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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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