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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MARKEL RANDLE,  Everyone Needs Something Sweet, Photography. Grade 12,  Wichita Southeast High School, Wichita, KS

MARKEL RANDLE, Everyone Needs Something Sweet, Photography. Grade 12, Wichita Southeast High School, Wichita, KS

This week’s 2019 Gold Portfolio highlight features two creative teens who received $10,000 scholarships for their amazing portfolios. Markel Randle’s photographs are inspired by films from the late 20th century, while Raven Little writes about personal matters that are relatable to many teens.

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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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TAYLOR POWERS, Red Sand, Photography. Grade 12, Cypress Woods High School, Cypress, TX.

TAYLOR POWERS, Red Sand, Photography. Grade 12,
Cypress Woods High School, Cypress, TX.

This week in our series featuring the 2019 Gold Medal Portfolio recipients, we take a look at Taylor Powers, a photographer, and Brianna Kline Costa, a writer. Taylor’s photographs are like optical illusions with parts of the body standing in for landforms or abstract objects. Brianna writes about personal topics that touch on societal issues. Both received $10,000 scholarships for their portfolios.
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The Class of 2018 National Student Poets conduct a poetry workshop for Scholastic Inc. staff and Alliance for Young Artists & Writers staff at Scholastic's headquarters in New York City.

The Class of 2018 National Student Poets conducts a poetry workshop for Scholastic Inc. staff and Alliance for Young Artists & Writers staff at Scholastic’s headquarters in New York City.

Today is Poem in Your Pocket Day! Every year during National Poetry Month, poetry lovers are asked to carry a poem with them in their pocket and share it with others in conversation, through email, or even on social media (use #pocketpoem)!

If you haven’t decided on which poem to carry with you today, then you should check out the 2018 National Student Poets! Here they are reading their own original poetry. Feel free to share these videos with your friends!

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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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