scholasticAlliance20150611_0796When we introduced the first-ever “Maker Prom” during our National Events in NYC in 2014, we had no idea just how successful it would be. So it was a given that we would have to bring it back for National Events 2015! Hundreds of National Medalists attended Maker Prom in June, which was held in the historic Roosevelt Hotel in Midtown Manhattan. Students had the opportunity to dance, make new friends, and create cool stuff! Read More

Just a Little Laughter, Maggie Gillette, Grade 12, Age 17.

Just a Little Laughter, Maggie Gillette, Grade 12, Age 17.

This past summer, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards teamed up with Studio 360 to present Funny Ha Ha!: The High School Humor Challenge. We received hundreds of hilarious submissions from teens across the country and spent several laughter-filled weeks selecting the finalists. Guest judge BJ Novak chose the winner, Emma Callahan, age 16, and Studio 360 took some time to talk with Emma about her submission. Here are the other nine pieces that made into our Top Ten. Enjoy! Read More

Sophia George in front of the American National Tree exhibit at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo credit: Mike DeNardo)

Sophia George in front of the American National Tree exhibit at the Constitution Center in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo credit: Mike DeNardo)

The American National Tree is one of the most popular exhibits at the Constitution Center in Philadelphia. Each year, students who participated in the Scholastic Awards are invited to submit essays about historical Americans who have helped shape our Constitution. The winning essay is added to the Tree and the author is given a $1,000 Maurice R. Robinson American National Tree Award and a trip to Philadelphia, PA. This year’s winner was Sophia George, a 9th-grader at Culver Academies in Culver, IN, for her essay on Thaddeus Stevens. Congratulations, Sophia!
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The Disposable Society

The Disposable Society, Editorial Cartoon by four-time Pulitzer Prize–winning political cartoonist Herb Block.

On Saturday, September 26, the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers and The Herb Block Foundation will present a special workshop, “Introduction to Editorial Cartooning,” at the Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg, FL. Students of all skill levels are welcome to attend.

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You Can't Escape the truth, Painting by Sydney Fleisher, Grade 10, Age 15.

You Can’t Escape the Truth, Painting by Sydney Fleisher, Grade 10, Age 15.

Do you have a strong point of view about political or social matters? Are you really interested in what’s happening in the news and want to make your voice heard? Well, great news! To encourage students to use their voices, the Scholastic Awards offers two new and exciting opportunities!
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The National Independence Park Service and the National Writing Project partnered to work with Scholastic Awards recipients and other writers.

The National Independence Park Service and the National Writing Project partnered to work with Scholastic Awards recipients and other writers.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards’ national office in New York City is dedicated to growing and supporting local programs across the country. Our Affiliates are doing great work in their communities, and we love hearing about their outreach efforts, their students, and their programs. This month, we shine the spotlight on the Philadelphia Writing Region, which is overseen by the Philadelphia Writing Project, located at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education and part of the National Writing Project. Here’s what the staff at the Philadelphia Writing Project had to say about Awards activity in their region:

The Philadelphia Writing Project (PhilWP) has been the regional affiliate for the writing portion of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for six years. The summer of 2015 was particularly filled with exciting events in preparation for the 2016 Scholastic Awards season.  Read More