While these notable alumni all have March birthdays, we’d like to wish all of our alums a very happy March birthday! Take a look at  some of our March babies below.

KayWalkingStick_1950sKay WalkingStick (March 2, 1935) is an artist of Native American descent who finds inspiration in her heritage and the landscape around her. She is a member of the Cherokee Nation and is also of Ho-Chunk and Scotch-Irish descent. WalkingStick won a Scholastic Award in 1947 when she was 13 years old.

On June 6, 2014, the Scholastic Awards will honor Kay WalkingStick at Carnegie Hall with an Alumni Achievement Award!



Harry Bertoia (March 10, 1915-1978) was an Italian born American Artist who became most well-known for his modern furniture design and sound art sculpture. By 1957, Bertoia’s furniture designs were selling so well he was able to devote his time and energy to creating sound sculptures; 3D structures that he manipulated to create sounds as well as stunning visual aesthetics.

Bertoia was a Scholastic Award winning in 1934 and 1936- but not for design or sculpture! Check out this ink drawing he won for in 1936 entitled “Wash Dry” while attending Cass Technical High School in Detroit. Read More


Originally printed in the New Yorker, July 5, 1993.

Cartoonist and author Peter Steiner made waves in 1993 when he created an inauspicious New Yorker cartoon with the caption “On the Internet, no one knows you’re a dog.” Two decades later, the cartoon and the adage are widely known, and Steiner is not only a veteran cartoonist for the New Yorker, the Washington Times, and the Weekly Standard; he is also the author of several crime novels.

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Peter Steiner as a Junior at Walnut Hills High School, 1957

In 1957, as a junior at Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, the “talented young gagman” was featured in the “Backboard” section of the Scholastic publication Literary Cavalcade, along with 3 of his Scholastic Award-winning cartoons. According to the spread, the cartooning jury “remarked that Pete’s work was distinguished by a fine visual sense of humor.” Read More

1993 Scholastic Art Exhibition opening at Howard University

1993 Scholastic Art Exhibition opening at Howard University

By Haley Richardson, Scholastic Awards Archivist

This year’s Awards Ceremony at Carnegie Hall is shaping up to be the biggest celebration the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards have ever seen. With a sold out show and live streaming webcast of the event, there’s a lot to celebrate!

All of this got me thinking about the different ways in which the Awards have been celebrated through the last 90 years.

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Page of Winners

Scholastic Awards winners from the 1920s!

While this year’s Gold and Silver Medals (and Keys!) are still shiny, and the artists and writers who earned them float on cloud nine, we can be sure of one enduring fact: the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have delivered this kind of validation to creative teens for 90 amazing years! To celebrate this milestone, we dug into our vast archives and turned to esteemed colleague Bryan Doerries to tell the story that started in 1923 with just 7 submissions and is now the largest, most prestigious awards program in the U.S. Here’s a sneak peek at The Great Encouragement with Bryan as your guide!

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Norman Brandes won a 3rd Prize for Poetry in 1936.

Norman Brandes won a 3rd Prize for Poetry in 1936.

Phyllis Heisterkamp won an art scholarship in 1942.

Phyllis Heisterkamp won an art scholarship in 1942.

Doris Lynne-Garter won an award for poetry in 1962.

Doris Lynne-Garter won an Award for poetry in 1962.

Mesfin Million won an award for a charcoal drawing in 1987.

Mesfin Million won an Award for a charcoal drawing in 1987.

Mike Lindenthal won an art award in 1992.

Mike Lindenthal won an art Award in 1992.

Brittany Cartie won an American Visions award in 2010.

Brittany Cartie won for American Visions in 2010.





Guest post by our Archivist, Haley Richardson

While preparing for the annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards celebration in New York City, I’ve been hunting in the archives for photographs of past Award winners, which I’ve come to think of as tiny time capsules of teenage life. From the emphasis on neat up-dos and fancy neckwear in the 1930s to the more informal and whimsical self portraits of the ’00s, these snapshots are visual reminders of great amount of social change over time, but also of the broad shared realities of being a teenager. Read More

John Updike named as First Prize winner for “Gag” Cartoon in the 1948 Student Achievement issue of Senior Scholastic.

By Haley Richardson, our awesome Archivist

Today, I’m proud to announce a few additions to the illustrious list of Scholastic Art & Writing Awards alumni: film director Richard Linklater  and writers John Updike and Stephen King!

Stephen King named as a Fourth Award winner for Short Story in 1965.

Stephen King named as a Fourth Award winner for Short Story in 1965!

Richard Linklater is a noted filmmaker, and the writer and director of some of my favorite movies about my homeland, Texas: Slacker (1991), Dazed and Confused (1993), and Bernie (2011). In 1978, as a student at Huntsville High School in Huntsville, TX, Rick (as he was called in the Student Achievement edition of Scholastic’s Literary Cavalcade that year) won an Honorable Mention award for Short-short Story. Read More