BTA BTW Yearbook SMALLERFor more than a decade, the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers published student art and writing in the National Catalog and The Best Teen Writing. This year, we’ve decided to change things up. We now have three publications to showcase our students: Yearbook 2019, The Best Teen Writing, and The Best Teen Art.

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Educators, in so many ways, are the driving force behind the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards as they work side-by-side with their students, helping them select and perfect their best work to submit while providing the encouraging voice that gives students the motivation and courage to participate.

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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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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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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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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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