KATLYN POWELL, Wearing Bathwater, Painting. Grade 12, North East School of the Arts, San Antonio, TX. The Alliance/ACT-So Journey Award

KATLYN POWELL, Wearing Bathwater, Painting. Grade 12, North East School of the Arts, San Antonio, TX. The Alliance/ACT-So Journey Award

The Alliance/ACT-SO Journey Award, in partnership with the NAACP’s Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO), provides travel stipends for up to ten ACT-SO scholars, who also receive Scholastic Art & Writing Awards’ National Medals, to attend the National Ceremony at Carnegie Hall.

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ASHLEY BARG, BRENNA BROWN, MELISSA GRACE GARCIA, VAN NGUYEN, and ELLA WILSON, DEADication, Video Game Design. Grade 10, SAY Sí, San Antonio, TX. The ESA Foundation Award for Video Game Design

ASHLEY BARG, BRENNA BROWN, MARY GRACE GARCIA, VAN NGUYEN, and ELLA WILSON, DEADication, Video Game Design. Grade 10, SAY Sí, San Antonio, TX. The ESA Foundation Award for Video Game Design

The Scholastic Awards were excited to present a new award this year: The ESA Foundation Award for Video Game Design. Underwritten by the ESA Foundation, this award recognizes two outstanding video game designs with $1,000 scholarships.

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ZHIJIN HU, Metropolitan: Are we Satisfied with What We Have?, Mixed Media. Grade 12, Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen, MI. Best-in-Grade Award

ZHIJIN HU, Metropolitan: Are we Satisfied with What We Have?, Mixed Media. Grade 12, Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen, MI. Best-in-Grade Award

The Best-in-Grade Award, underwritten by Bloomberg Philanthropies, is given to two works of art and writing from grades 7-12. The works are judged on a grade-by-grade basis, giving students the chance to earn additional recognition among their peers. This Special Achievement Award comes with a $1,000 scholarship for each work that receives this award, and educators of these talented students receive $250 cash awards.

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MINDA SILVESTRE, Open for Breathing, Design. Grade 12, Pius XI Catholic High School, Milwaukee, WI

MINDA SILVESTRE, Open for Breathing, Design. Grade 12, Pius XI Catholic High School, Milwaukee, WI. One Earth Award

The One Earth Award provides four students whose creative works encourage the awareness of, and meaningful responses to, pressing issues of human-caused climate change with $1,000 scholarships. The 2019 Scholastic Awards was the inaugural year for this award, and we were blown away by the number and quality of the works. Today’s students have a lot to say about our planet!

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SABINE CROY, How We Raise Our Children, Photography. Grade 10, Carroll High School, Fort Wayne, IN. Civic Expression Award

SABINE CROY, How We Raise Our Children, Photography. Grade 10, Carroll High School, Fort Wayne, IN. Civic Expression Award

The Civic Expression Award, underwritten by the Maurice R. Robinson Fund, recognizes six teens whose works of art and writing promote responsible civic life. Through photography, poetry, paintings, and personal essays and memoirs, the teens who received the 2019 Civic Expression Award show an awareness of the issues affecting their communities. Their explorations of these issues and of their civic responsibility to solve problems on behalf of the public good earned them this award, along with $1,000 scholarships.

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ZITONG WANG, Diversity Discussion, Editorial Cartoon sponsored by The Herb Block Foundation. Grade 11, Mercer Island High School, Mercer Island, WA. The Herblock Award for Editorial Cartoon

ZITONG WANG, Diversity Discussion, Editorial Cartoon sponsored by The Herb Block Foundation. Grade 11, Mercer Island High School, Mercer Island, WA. The Herblock Award for Editorial Cartoon

The Herblock Award for Editorial Cartoon, underwritten by The Herb Block Foundation, was created to celebrate the legacy of four-time Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Herb Block. This award recognizes three students who exhibit excellence in editorial cartooning in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards with $1,000 scholarships.

From factory farming to politics, this year’s recipients combined words and images to create powerful pieces of art.

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