JACK ANDERSON, Scribble Portrait, Drawing & Illustration. Grade 10, Maret School, Washington, D.C.

JACK ANDERSON, Scribble Portrait, Drawing & Illustration. Grade 10, Maret School, Washington, D.C.

The Alliance/ACT-SO Journey Award, in partnership with the NAACP’s Afro-Academic Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO), provides $1,000 scholarships for ACT-SO scholars, who also receive a Scholastic Art & Writing Awards National Medal.

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ARIANA DIAZ, If Only I Could Float, Photography. Grade 12, Miami Arts Charter School, Miami, FL.

ARIANA DIAZ, If Only I Could Float, Photography. Grade 12, Miami Arts Charter School, Miami, FL. The Harry and Betty Quadracci Art Portfolio

We continue our series on the 2020 Gold Medal Portfolio recipients with artist Ariana Diaz and writer Ayush Noori. Ariana used her photographic portfolio to document her personal experience with a permeating sense of sadness and melancholy. Following the death of his grandmother, Ayush wrote a chronicle of his grandmother’s life in order to confront feelings about mortality, fear, and pain.

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KELSEY GREGSON, Self-Portrait, Painting. Grade 7, St. John's Country Day School, Orange Park, FL.

KELSEY GREGSON, Self-Portrait, Painting. Grade 7, St. John’s Country Day School, Orange Park, FL.

The Best-in-Grade Award, sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies, is given to two works of art and writing from grades 7-12. This Special Achievement Award comes with a $500 scholarship for each student that receives this award. As the name suggests, the works are judged on a grade-by-grade basis, giving students the chance to earn additional recognition among their peers.

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SHI YAN, Beautiful China, Photography. Grade 12, Wichita Collegiate Upper School, Wichita, KS.

SHI YAN, Chinese Plough, Photography. Grade 12, Wichita Collegiate Upper School, Wichita, KS. The Kuehner Family Art Portfolio

In this week’s Gold Medal Portfolio showcase, we’re highlighting students Shi Yan and Jeffrey Liao. Shi shows his appreciation for the rich culture and history of China through a series of pictures that depict the complex culture of farming there. In his writing, Jeffrey addresses his experiences as an Asian-American to unravel his feelings about identity and to grow more confident in who he is.

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ANDREW KIM, Portable Air Quality Control, Future New. Grade 11, Henry M. Gunn High School, Palo Alto, CA.

 

The One Earth Award, sponsored in part by the Salamander Fund of the Triangle Community Foundation, recognizes four students whose creative works address and encourage the awareness of the pressing issues of human-caused climate change. Each of this year’s works not only address the impact of climate change on both humans and the environment, but also inspire readers to take action and have compassion for their fellow man. For their creativity, each student receives a $1,000 scholarship.

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JASMINE MASON, Intersection, Painting. Grade 12, Henrico High School Center for the Arts, Richmond, VA. Blick Art Materials & Utrecht Art Supplies Art Portfolio

JASMINE MASON, Intersection, Painting. Grade 12, Henrico High School Center for the Arts, Richmond, VA. Blick Art Materials & Utrecht Art Supplies Art Portfolio

Over the course of the past few weeks, we’ve been highlighting the creative students who achieved the high honor of our Gold Medal Portfolio. This week we shine the spotlight on students Jasmine Mason and Isabella Cho. Jasmine uses her artwork to explore the in-between moments of everyday life when people are simply waiting. Isabella’s writing is focused on how everyday questions of loss, belonging, and cultural identity inform how we as people engage with one another.

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