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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After receiving a record number of applicants and a competitive adjudication process, the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers is pleased to announce that Carolina Ixta Navarro-Gutiérrez and Da’Shawn Mosley have been selected by author and writer Kiese Laymon as the 2019 recipients of A Suite of One’s Own: A Writer’s Residency. Made possible by the support of Amazon Literary Partnership and The Roosevelt Hotel, this annual Writer’s Residency enables two Alumni of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards to travel to New York City and spend five nights at the historic Roosevelt Hotel. Over the course of the Residency, Navarro-Gutiérrez and Mosley will be granted the time and space to focus on their writing projects, and receive opportunities to meet with literary professionals.

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WILL LANDIS-CROFT, Filling Station, Digital Art. Grade 12, Saint Mary's Academy, Portland, OR

WILL LANDIS-CROFT, Filling Station, Digital Art. Grade 12, Saint Mary’s Academy, Portland, OR

In week six of our series featuring the 2019 Gold Medal Portfolio recipients, we take a look at two teens who explore controversial, yet personal, topics in their works. Will Landis-Croft is an artist while Divjot Walia is a writer. Both received $10,000 scholarships for their portfolios.

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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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