JESSICA YIM, Mooncake, Painting. Grade 12, Granite Bay High School, Granite Bay, CA.

JESSICA YIM, Mooncake, Painting. Grade 12, Granite Bay High School, Granite Bay, CA.

The highest honor in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is the Gold Medal Portfolio. Sixteen students–eight artists and eight writers–are chosen for this award each year, and each student receives a $10,000 scholarship.

Over the next eight weeks, we will be shining a spotlight on these remarkable artists and writers. Stay tuned to learn more about these creative and talented teens!

This week, we begin with Jessica Yim and Jieyan Wang. Jessica uses her art to bring to light injustices and inequality in shocking ways to ensure that the audience cannot overlook them. Jieyan uses fantastical elements in her stories to make sense of the very real issues in both her internal and external world.

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HALLIE WILSON, Printer People, Sculpture. Grade 12, Henrico High School, Richmond, VA

HALLIE WILSON, Printer People, Sculpture. Grade 12, Henrico High School, Richmond, VA

We conclude our series on the 2019 Gold Medal Portfolio recipients with Hallie Wilson and Sophia Zhao. As an artist, Hallie’s whimsical sculptures explore humanity’s connection with technology. Sophia’s writing delves into her heritage and her connection to others. Both students received $10,000 scholarships for their portfolios.

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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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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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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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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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