Regional Award recipients at Brookfield Central High School in Brookfield, WI

Regional Award recipients at Brookfield Central High School in Brookfield, WI

We have been seeing some great posts throughout the past few weeks, and that must mean one thing: Regional Awards are being announced! The 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards received more than 300,000 submissions of original art and writing, which means there are a lot of really awesome teens out there with a lot to say. Every student who entered their work should be proud of the step they took to share their work — it takes a lot of courage to put yourself out there!

While not all regions have posted their announcements, you can check your local program webpage to find out details regarding Regional Awards, local ceremonies and exhibitions, and next steps. All of you can take a look at the excitement below, and share your story with us by tagging @artandwriting on Twitter and Instagram, or hashtag #AWawards on all social media platforms! Don’t forget to like our Facebook page for updates, features and fun tools you can use to fuel your creativity!

We also want to say THANK YOU to all of our rockstar local program partners, jurors and educators who support and encourage these incredibly talented teens! Read More

Katie Yee
When the time comes to process Region-at-Large submissions, we bring in a small team of interns to help with the task. And this is no small task! Region-at-Large is where you submit your work if you don’t have a local affiliate program, and we saw some great art and writing being entered this year! Katherine Yee is an Awards alum and came back to join us for a second year of submission processing! Of the task, Katie says:

“In these past few weeks, I’ve handled countless submissions. The Alliance says there are more coming in every year. Although it might seem intimidating at first, the sheer volume of people who probably dream of doing the same things you do, you realize it’s less of a competitive environment and more of a community. It’s inspiring, really, that so many students express themselves so creatively and are brave enough to put their work into the world.”

Read on to hear more about Katie and her time here at the Alliance! Read More


Nicole in her studio

Our Scholastic Awards alumni are an incredibly talented and diverse network. While many may not realize it, we follow their paths long after they received their Awards. Every month we highlight a Scholastic Art & Writing Awards alumnus who continues to approach their work and day-to-day life with the creative passion that was recognized when they first received their Scholastic Awards.

With a new year, we have a new Alumni Story! Nicole Tschampel received her Scholastic Award  for a book of prints she made while attending high school in Columbus, Ohio. Now a working artist and educator. Check out the interview below to hear about Nicole’s current and upcoming projects, how she balances being an artist and an educator, and what educators inspired her! Read More


Timothy H. Lee at work in his studio. Image courtesy of the artist.

We are happy to launch the first feature in our Alumni Story series. Every month we will highlight a Scholastic Art & Writing Awards alumnus who continues to approach their work and day-to-day life with the creative passion that was recognized when they first received their Scholastic Awards.

Timothy H. Lee received his Scholastic Awards in 2006 and 2008, and later received Educator Awards for his work with art students in the New York City area. A Korean-born New York-raised artist, Timothy studied Neuroscience, Drawing and Biology when he attended Wesleyan University. After graduating with high honors, he decided to postpone his medical ambitions in favor of becoming a full-time studio artist, and an Art.Write.Now.POP UP resident.

We could tell you all about Timothy’s beautiful watercolor pieces and the hypnotic process involved in the intricate cutouts that adorn his pieces, but we’ll let him tell you all about it instead! Read More

We are thrilled to introduce your fifth 2014 National Student Poet Southwest region representative, Madeline LaCesne! Madeline, age 18, is a senior at Lusher Charter School in New Orleans, Louisiana. Madeleine began writing poetry when she was six years old. After her parents gave her an antique bed, each night she used the back of its headboard to scribble poetry into the wood. She lost this work in 2005, when the headboard and her home were washed away by Hurricane Katrina. New Orleans like her own identity is a blend of various cultures and bloodlines, so her work deals with unscrambling her identity and sparked an interest in genealogy as well as the city’s history. Among the writers she looks to for guidance are Anne Carson, Kimiko Hahn, and Anna Moschovakis.

Favorite quote about writing:

Quote from Milosz’s “Ars Poetica”: “The purpose of poetry is to remind us / how difficult it is to remain just one person.”

Fun fact:

Since I turned fourteen, the first thing I do as soon as I wake up on my birthday is read Richard Wilbur’s “Love Calls Us to the Things of This World” aloud. Read More

Introducing Cameron Messinides, your Southeast Region 2014 National Student Poet representative! Cameron, from Camden, SC, is a senior at South Carolina Governor’s School of the Arts & Humanities in Greenville, SC. A 17 year old creative writing student, Cameron was recognized with an honorary mention for the Leonard L. Milberg ’53 Secondary School Poetry Prize, and his work has been published on The Atlantic’s website. He lives with his parents and five brothers and sisters, where, besides writing, he spends his time playing basketball, clumsily cooking dinner once a week, and helping raise the family goats.

Fun Fact:

Cameron loves Basketball. His favorite basketball player is Andre Iguodala.

Favorite Quote About Writing:

“The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.”

- Gustave Flaubert Read More