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

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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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treeAs any writer who has submitted to the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards knows, the written word has power: the power to express ideas, to allow writers of the past to speak with readers of today, and to shape nations. On September 17, 1787, delegates to the Philadelphia Convention signed the United States Constitution. More than two hundred years later, our Constitution continues to play a pivotal role in the governance of our nation. Each year, the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia celebrates Constitution Day—September 17—to honor the signing of such an important document.

The American National Tree, a popular exhibit at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, tells the stories of Americans whose actions have helped write the story of the Constitution. On September 17, a new story will be added—and you may be its scholarship-winning author! Read More

Fake Blue, by Seungmuk Oh

Fake Blue, by Seungmuk Oh

Summer is the time to kick-back, relax–and get excited for the 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards! Be ahead of the game this fall by working on your art and writing during summer break. We can help!

All summer, the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers is hosting art and writing workshops across the country for both students and educators. We also have some fun, creative challenges that you won’t want to miss!

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