DREW CONRAD, Revealed and Exposed, Ceramics & Glass. Grade 12, Franklin High School, Franklin, MA.

DREW CONRAD, Revealed and Exposed, Ceramics & Glass. Grade 12, Franklin High School, Franklin, MA. Roome Fund Art Portfolio

Welcome to the second week of our Gold Medal Portfolio series! This week we’re highlighting students Drew Conrad and Sam Bowden. Drew uses a variety of sculptures that vary in form and style to address the feelings of discomfort and conflict that can arise in life. Sam’s writing experiments with a wide swath of narratives, genres, and topics that all have one common theme: the universal effects of death and how it shapes the living.

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JONAH KOLIK, Bathroom Sink, Painting. Grade 12, School for Creative and Performing Arts, Cincinnati, OH.

JONAH KOLIK, Bathroom Sink, Painting. Grade 12, School for Creative and Performing Arts, Cincinnati, OH. Daniel Lemke Art Portfolio

The highest honor in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is the Gold Medal Portfolio. Sixteen students–eight artists and eight writers–are chosen for this award each year, and each student receives a $10,000 scholarship.

Over the next eight weeks, we will be shining a spotlight on these remarkable artists and writers. Stay tuned to learn more about these creative and talented teens!

This week, we begin with Jonah Kolik and Jieyan Wang. Jonah uses his art to explore how human interaction can alter a home and how the emotion and memory of previous inhabitants can resonate for new owners. Jieyan uses fantastical elements in her stories to make sense of the very real issues in both her internal and external world.

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HALLIE WILSON, Printer People, Sculpture. Grade 12, Henrico High School, Richmond, VA

HALLIE WILSON, Printer People, Sculpture. Grade 12, Henrico High School, Richmond, VA

We conclude our series on the 2019 Gold Medal Portfolio recipients with Hallie Wilson and Sophia Zhao. As an artist, Hallie’s whimsical sculptures explore humanity’s connection with technology. Sophia’s writing delves into her heritage and her connection to others. Both students received $10,000 scholarships for their portfolios.

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GILLIAN DICKINSON, The Angel, Sculpture. Grade 12, A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, West Palm Beach, FL

GILLIAN DICKINSON, The Angel, Printmaking. Grade 12, A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, West Palm Beach, FL

Next up in our showcase of the 2019 Gold Medal Portfolio recipients are artist Gillian Dickinson and writer Ariana Smith. Gillian uses her art to explore religion and its impact on her identity, while Ariana’s poems reflect her personal experience as a black queer woman in today’s society. Both students received $10,000 scholarships for their portfolios.

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WILL LANDIS-CROFT, Filling Station, Digital Art. Grade 12, Saint Mary's Academy, Portland, OR

WILL LANDIS-CROFT, Filling Station, Digital Art. Grade 12, Saint Mary’s Academy, Portland, OR

In week six of our series featuring the 2019 Gold Medal Portfolio recipients, we take a look at two teens who explore controversial, yet personal, topics in their works. Will Landis-Croft is an artist while Divjot Walia is a writer. Both received $10,000 scholarships for their portfolios.

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MARKEL RANDLE,  Everyone Needs Something Sweet, Photography. Grade 12,  Wichita Southeast High School, Wichita, KS

MARKEL RANDLE, Everyone Needs Something Sweet, Photography. Grade 12, Wichita Southeast High School, Wichita, KS

This week’s 2019 Gold Portfolio highlight features two creative teens who received $10,000 scholarships for their amazing portfolios. Markel Randle’s photographs are inspired by films from the late 20th century, while Raven Little writes about personal matters that are relatable to many teens.

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