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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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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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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JONATHAN OLIVARES PARAMO, Flores de Cementerio, Photography. Grade 12, Vista High School, Vista, CA

JONATHAN OLIVARES PARAMO, Flores de Cementerio, Photography. Grade 12, Vista High School, Vista, 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, and each receives a $10,000 scholarship.

We will be profiling these remarkable students on our blog for the next eight weeks. Stay tuned to learn more about these talented teens!

We begin with Jonathan Olivares Paramo and Athena Nassar. As a photographer, Jonathan found inspiration in Mexican culture and the daily lives of the people around him. In Athena’s writing, she considers the people around her who have made an impact on her life.

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MACKIE MALLISON, This is Hazel: Their Experience with LGBTQ+ Discrimination, Film & Animation, Grade 12, Age 18, Grant High School, Portland, OR.

Stills from This is Hazel: Their Experience with LGBTQ+ Discrimination. (MACKIE MALLISON, Film & Animation, Grade 12, Age 18, Grant High School, Portland, OR)

We finish our feature on the 2018 Gold Medal Portfolio recipients with a look at Mackie Mallison and Osarugue Otebele. As an artist, Mackie creates films from the perspectives of those on the fringes of mainstream society to spark conversations that lead to change. In her writing, Osarugue gives voice to those who have not yet been heard.

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FLETCHER JOHNSON, Throne, Sculpture. Grade 12, Age 17, Appomattox Regional Governor’s School, Petersburg, VA.

FLETCHER JOHNSON, Throne, Sculpture. Grade 12, Age 17, Appomattox Regional Governor’s School, Petersburg, VA.

Next in our series spotlighting the 2018 Gold Portfolio recipients are Fletcher Johnson and Sam Wachman. Fletcher uses found objects–Popsicle sticks, old toys, hair rollers, rhinestones, and more–to create objects that challenge the viewer’s preconceived notions on gender. Sam’s writing portfolio also delves into issues surrounding gender by presenting a viewpoint on what it means to grow up as a queer young person.

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