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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RACHEL WHITBECK, Hashtag Black Power, Fashion. Grade 12, Age 17, Monticello High School, Monticello, NY

RACHEL WHITBECK, Hashtag Black Power, Fashion. Grade 12, Age 17, Monticello High School, Monticello, NY. Civic Expression Award

The Civic Expression Award was created for the 2018 Scholastic Awards, in partnership with the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, to recognize students whose original art or writing demonstrates civic knowledge and skills. Recipients of this new Award are artists or writers whose work highlights and demonstrates awareness of American civic rights and responsibilities.

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LUCIE COOPER, Contemplation with Book, Drawing & Illustration. Grade 10, Age 15, Power APAC School, Jackson, MS

LUCIE COOPER, Contemplation with Book, Drawing & Illustration. Grade 10, Age 15, Power APAC School, Jackson, MS

For the third year in a row, the Alumni Council of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards presented A Suite of One’s Own: A Writer’s Residency for Alumni of the Scholastic Awards. Two Alums will have the chance to spend a week in their own suites at The Roosevelt Hotel in New York City. This writer’s residency will give the residents time and space to focus on their writing.

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MAYA DIXON, The Boogie Down, Painting. Grade 12, Age 17, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, Bronx, NY

MAYA DIXON, The Boogie Down, Painting. Grade 12, Age 17, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, Bronx, NY

Maya Dixon and Triniti Wade each received a Gold Medal for their Portfolio in the 2018 Scholastic Awards. As an artist, Maya uses her paintings to show what life is like in the Bronx for the people who live and thrive there. Triniti uses her writing to shine a light on what it means to be a young black woman in America. Through their works, Triniti and Maya are bringing their audiences to parts of the world many may have never experienced. Read More

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