ZARIA DUDLEY, Combat Vet, Photography. Grade 12, Age 17, Leilehua High School, Wahiawa, HI.

ZARIA DUDLEY, Combat Vet, Photography. Grade 12, Age 17, Leilehua High School, Wahiawa, HI.

Next in our series focusing on the 2018 Gold Medal Portfolio recipients are artist Zaria Dudley and writer Malachi Jones. Both Zaria and Malachi use their art and writing to explore what it means to be African-Americans in the United States. Zaria’s photographs tell the story of her southern roots while Malachi writes about being a young black man in South Carolina. Read More

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ALIA BRINGAS-BRAND, Ephemeral Fountain, Sculpture. Grade 12, Age 17, Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen, MI.

ALIA BRINGAS-BRAND, Ephemeral Fountain, Sculpture. Grade 12, Age 17, Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen, MI.

A Gold Medal Portfolio Award is the highest honor students can receive in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Each year, jurors choose portfolios of sixteen high school seniors whose works best represent the Scholastic Awards’ judging criteria: originality, technical skill, and emergence of a personal vision or voice. Over the next eight weeks, we’ll be profiling two of the 2018 Gold Medal Portfolio recipients. First up are Alia Bringas-Brand and Vicky Brown, who both deal with change in their art and writing.  Read More

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Heavy Living Things, Painting by Benjamin Cruz, Grade 12, Age 17, Idyllwild Arts Academy, Idyllwild, CA

Heavy Living Things, Painting by Benjamin Cruz, Grade 12, Age 17, Idyllwild Arts Academy, Idyllwild, CA

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards‘ series on the 2017 Gold Medal Portfolio recipients concludes with Zainab Adisa and Benjamin Cruz, a writer and an artist whose portfolios contain pieces that have personal meaning. In her writing, Zainab uses her own personal experiences to relate to the reader. Benjamin looks to the past to connect with the viewer by focusing his art on the Japanese internment camps in the United States during World War II.

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Low Visibility, Drawing & Illustration by Megan Cox, Grade 12, Age 17, White Station High School, Memphis, TN

Low Visibility, Drawing & Illustration by Megan Cox, Grade 12, Age 17, White Station High School, Memphis, TN

Hailee Cook and Megan Cox each received a Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Gold Medal for their portfolios, and we are shining the spotlight on their remarkable works. Hailee says she uses her writing to process her emotions and hopes this authenticity helps her words connect with readers. In her art, Megan uses water to distort the images she draws as a reflection of the “beauty found within the messiness of life.” Through their works, Hailee and Megan encourage others to view the world through a new lens. Read More

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Dance, Lil' Boy, Comic Art by Sam Zanowski, Grade 12, Age 18, Wauwatosa East High School, Wauwatosa, WI

Dance, Lil’ Boy, Comic Art by Sam Zanowski, Grade 12, Age 18,
Wauwatosa East High School, Wauwatosa, WI

Seth Gozar and Sam Zanowski are the next artist and writer in our series of profiles focusing on the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards’ Gold Medal Portfolio recipients. In his writing, Seth focuses on everyday matters in order to reach his readers and open their minds to new perspectives. Sam uses his art to transport the viewer into another world, where the everyday has a new, more mysterious meaning.    Read More

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Todavia Estoy Aqui Para Ti--Jonathan Maldonado

Todavia Estoy Aqui Para Ti, Photography by Jonathan Maldonado, Grade 12, Age 17, Essex Street Academy, New York, NY

We continue our series on the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards’ Gold Medal Portfolio recipients with Elizabeth Lee and Jonathan Maldonado. As a writer, Elizabeth explores on the beauty that can be found in gray areas of life and the similarities between people from different sides of an issue. In his photography, Jonathan shows both sides of a personal story, the good and the challenging, and how sometimes those two aspects can be one and the same.

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