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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JOSEPH LEPPO, Resting Infantry, Drawing & Illustration. Grade 12, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, Jacksonville, FL

JOSEPH LEPPO, Resting Infantry, Drawing & Illustration. Grade 12, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, Jacksonville, FL

We continue our series profiling the 2019 Gold Medal Portfolio recipients with a focus on artist Joseph Leppo and writer Caleb Pan. From exploring war and ruin to self-reflection and personal growth, the voices and visions of these creative teens shine in their work.

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ZITONG WANG, Diversity Discussion, Editorial Cartoon sponsored by The Herb Block Foundation. Grade 11, Mercer Island High School, Mercer Island, WA. The Herblock Award for Editorial Cartoon

ZITONG WANG, Diversity Discussion, Editorial Cartoon sponsored by The Herb Block Foundation. Grade 11, Mercer Island High School, Mercer Island, WA. The Herblock Award for Editorial Cartoon

The Herblock Award for Editorial Cartoon, underwritten by The Herb Block Foundation, was created to celebrate the legacy of four-time Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Herb Block. This award recognizes three students who exhibit excellence in editorial cartooning in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards with $1,000 scholarships.

From factory farming to politics, this year’s recipients combined words and images to create powerful pieces of art.

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HAORAN XU, Floating City/Sky Village Project, Architecture & Industrial Design. Grade 12, Cushing Academy, Ashburnham, MA

HAORAN XU, Floating City/Sky Village Project, Architecture & Industrial Design. Grade 12, Cushing Academy, Ashburnham, MA

Part 2 of our series on the 2019 Gold Medal Portfolio recipients continues with artist Haoran Xu and writer Sandra Chen. Haoran’s pieces mix the future and the past to create new worlds and possibilities, while Sandra focuses her writing on the issues facing women today.

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