The National Student Poets pose backstage at Carnegie Hall before the 2017 National Ceremony with Dick Robinson, President of Scholastic Inc., comedian Amy Schumer, actresses Ellie Kemper and Allison Williams, YouTube personality Hunter March, and Virginia McEnerney, Executive Director of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. (Photo by Stuart Ramson/AP Images for Scholastic)

The National Student Poets pose backstage at Carnegie Hall before the 2017 National Ceremony with Dick Robinson, President of Scholastic Inc., comedian Amy Schumer, actresses Ellie Kemper and Allison Williams, YouTube personality Hunter March, and Virginia McEnerney, Executive Director of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. (Photo by Stuart Ramson/AP Images for Scholastic)

The National Student Poets Program is the nation’s highest honor for youth poets presenting original work. As poetry ambassadors, the Student Poets promote the important role of poetry in society through workshops, readings, and events. These past few months have been filled with exciting opportunities for the Student Poets—from jamming out with other teen poets at the Aspen Ideas Festival to being celebrated onstage at Carnegie Hall, it’s been a thrilling ride!  Read More

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National Medalists enjoying Maker Prom held at The Roosevelt Hotel.

National Medalists enjoying Maker Prom held at The Roosevelt Hotel.

On June 7-9, 2017, hundreds of students, educators, and their guests traveled to New York City for our National Events–a three-day celebration of the creative teens who received Gold Medals in the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and their educators. National Events is a time-honored tradition at the Scholastic Awards, and one that we look forward to every year!

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National Events 464x288The Scholastic Awards were delighted to welcome hundreds of students, educators, and their families to New York City in June to attend National Events. Every year, we plan activities, exhibitions of student art and writing, a recognition ceremony, and a festive party to celebrate the accomplishments of our nation’s most creative youth.

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scholasticAlliance20150611_0796When we introduced the first-ever “Maker Prom” during our National Events in NYC in 2014, we had no idea just how successful it would be. So it was a given that we would have to bring it back for National Events 2015! Hundreds of National Medalists attended Maker Prom in June, which was held in the historic Roosevelt Hotel in Midtown Manhattan. Students had the opportunity to dance, make new friends, and create cool stuff! Read More

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Poets Onstage Carnegie

The National Student Poets, Class of 2014, take a bow on-stage at Carnegie Hall.

The National Student Poets Class of 2014’s year of service is coming to an end—although it feels like just yesterday that they met in Washington, D.C. for their appointment events at the White House, where they read their work for the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama. Somehow, the months in their year of service flew by, past the Dodge Poetry Festival in October and National Poetry Month events throughout April. But there was a brief pause for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards National Events in NYC at the beginning of June, followed swiftly by an amazing stop in Aspen, Colorado, for the Aspen Ideas Festival.

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National Events The Scholastic Awards National Events gets better and better each year! We started this year off with a Social Media Scavenger Hunt where we asked students to start posting pictures with the hashtag #goldkey as soon as they left home for New York City. During check-in, students and educators posted messages thanking those who helped them with their art and writing and made the trip to New York possible. June 11 was the big day: the National Ceremony at Carnegie Hall! This year’s Ceremony was like no other, with wonderful special guests such as Whoopi Goldberg, Matthew Morrison, Chelsea Clinton, Michelle Tan from Seventeen magazine, 2015 Alumni Achievement Honoree Donald Lipski, artist Tom Otterness, poet Vijay Seshadri, and YouTube personality JennXPenn. All the while, students and educators to kept tweeting, Instagramming, Facebooking, and Tumbling throughout the events, so all of social media was on fire with posts about the 2015 National Ceremony! Read More