There are a lot of important and exciting dates in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards calendar. September 16, 2013 was a big day for us as the 2014 Awards opened for submissions and we watched the first ones come in. Today, the 2014 National Medalists were officially announced!

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious award and recognition program for creative teens. In addition to more than 1,800 of the most talented and ambitious students in grades 7-12 chosen to receive National Medals, 16 high school seniors were honored with a Gold Medal Portfolio Award. The Gold Medal Portfolio Award is the highest level of achievement in the Scholastic Awards — which, apart from providing much-deserved recognition to these talented teens, also provides them with a $10,000 cash scholarship! Read More


While attending Theodore Roosevelt Junior High School in Syracuse, New York, Kay WalkingStick received her Scholastic Gold Key in 1947.

Yesterday we celebrated Kay WalkingStick’s birthday! WalkingStick, an artist of Native American descent, won a Scholastic Award in 1947 when she was 13 years old. She also served as a juror in 2010 and again this year for the 11th grade drawing panel.

On June 6, 2014, the Scholastic Awards will honor Kay WalkingStick at Carnegie Hall with an Alumni Achievement Award! Fellow artists and alums Zac Posen, John Baldessari, and Ed Sorel have also received Alumni Achievement Awards. Read More

If you haven’t already – check out your portraits from the 2013 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards National Ceremony registration back in May! Do you remember those photos of winners and their medals taken in front of our 90th Anniversary backdrop? They’re now up on Flickr, just waiting to be turned into a new Facebook profile picture or album.

Here’s how to find your picture:

1) Go to National Scholastic Awards 2013 Flickr Photoset

2) Locate the search box in the top right corner of the page, and type in your first and last name

3) Click on the 2nd option in the drop-down menu that says “Art & Writing Awards’ Photostream” as pictured below

To download your photo(s):

1) Click on the photo you’d like to download

2) When the photo is selected, right click on it and choose the size that you want

3) Finally, under the “Photo/All sizes” page, click Download the desired photo size

4) Enjoy your pictures!

Scholastic Award winners, this Storify is for you! We asked you to share your preparations for the Big Apple and photos of yourselves in spots all over New York City during the National Celebration. Let’s keep those pictures coming! We’d love to see you wearing your medals in your hometowns, whether it’s in your room or your favorite park. Read More

Usher congratulating this year's Portfolio Gold Medalists!

Usher congratulating the Scholastic Awards’ 2013 Portfolio Gold Medalists!

Many of you have already shared with us the various ways in which you celebrated the 2013 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards last month through posts on our Facebook page, as well as tweets and Instagrams to @artandwriting using #AWawards. While the National Celebration is over, we hope you will continue talking about your experiences (check out our #AWawards Twitter feed from the National Awards Ceremony at Carnegie Hall on our Webcast page where you can watch or re-watch the ceremony!). Below are some of our favorite tweets and pics from all of YOU that weekend. Enjoy!
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(L-R): Fashion designer Zac Posen, actress and arts advocate Sarah Jessica Parker and entertainer Usher, backstage at Carnegie Hall for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards in New York, May 31, 2013. (INSIDER IMAGES/Stuart Ramson for Scholastic)

This post originally appeared on Scholastic’s On Our Minds blog. By Lia Zneimer.

What a weekend! First of all, huge congratulations to the students who won National Medals in the 2013 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards! As always, we were absolutely blown away by the caliber of the student talent, and this year’s festivities felt extra-special as they marked the Awards’ 90th anniversary. Needless to say, the celebration that took place in New York City this past weekend was nothing short of awesome. More than 800 teens and their families and teachers gathered at Carnegie Hall on Friday night. Outside, the Empire State Building was lit in gold to honor the student winners, while inside, they were congratulated via video by First Lady Michelle Obama, and in person by Sarah Jessica Parker and surprise guest Usher. After the seniors took their bow onstage, Terrance Hayes recognized this year’s National Student Poets, and designer Zac Posen was presented with the 2013 Alumni Achievement Award. Read More