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


The Scholastic Awards national office is dedicated to growing local affiliate programs across the country, and we are grateful for our long-standing local affiliates who have built strong programs that recognize the talents of creative teens in their communities. The Miami Valley Art Region in Ohio is dedicated to recognizing, showcasing and exhibiting their region’s young artists. We were lucky to catch up with Rebecca Sargent, TEJAS Director, to hear about what’s new in the Miami Valley region, and they’re up to a lot!

Read on to learn more about the Miami Valley Art Region, and  if you are an artist in the region, you can still submit your artwork to the Awards! The deadline for all Miami Valley art submissions is this Friday, January 9, 2015. 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

Olivia's Scholastic  table at NDCTE 2014

Olivia at the North Dakota Council of Teachers of English Conference.

Olivia Edwardson is not only your regional coordinator for the state of North Dakota, she is also incredibly close to the organizations that have partnered to bring the Awards to North Dakota. A 2011 graduate of North Dakota State University, her first teaching position was at a rural school in LaMoure, North Dakota. Olivia completed the Red River Valley Writing Project‘s Summer Institute in 2012, and has remained active in the site. Olivia volunteered to judge Region-at-Large entries for Scholastic in 2013, and when the Red River Valley Writing Project began talking about partnering with the Plains Art Museum to serve as the state affiliate, she volunteered to serve as Statewide Coordinator. She has taken an active role in promoting the Awards throughout the state and is having a great time, too! Read More

Wow! 2014 heralded in our first Crowdrise campaign and it was a lot of fun! Together we raised $43,465 – with donations still rolling in – to present programs, underwrite entry fees, award scholarships and connect with our alumni. From alum Lena Dunham’s tweet on Giving Tuesday to support the Awards to the Director of the Andy Warhol Museum, Eric Shiner, sharing the experience of alum Andy Warhol, we heard so many compelling stories from alums and friends across the country. From all of us at the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers…

Here are some highlights from our month-long campaign pulled together on Storify. We look forward to another year of record-breaking submissions. Let’s ring in 2015 with more art and writing!

(Psst. You can also still donate to our Annual Appeal before December 31, 2014 here!: www.crowdrise.com/2014annualappeal)



Dr. Kelly Sassi presenting with the Scholastic Awards at the National Writing Project Annual Meeting.

The Scholastic Awards national office is dedicated to growing affiliates across the country, including the Upper Midwest! Here’s the latest on the new statewide Affiliate Program in North Dakota! 


Students sharing their work at a Start.Write.Now workshop.

North Dakota is one of the least populated areas of the country and distances are far between its major cities and towns. Located on the high plains, North Dakota has had primarily an agricultural economy since statehood, but oil development of the Bakken fields on the western side of the state is rapidly changing the population and economy. “In a period of rapid change, art and writing are an important means of expression, and we want to promote the arts in North Dakota,” says Sassi.

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