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The 2014 National Awards announcements were met with great joy and anticipation! Out of 255,000 submissions, just over 1,800 were awarded National Medals. We thought we were excited making the announcement, but just check out what the medalists, their educators, schools, friends and parents had to say! Even our national jurors joined in on the celebration. Read More


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

Valerie Crosswhite at work in the Atelier

This past June, we were very lucky to have six alumni artists create work in a downtown New York City storefront for two weeks as part of the ART.WRITE.NOW. Atelier. We’re taking that experience a little further this fall with our very first Artist Residency program, thanks to support from the Esther B. Kahn Foundation. Read on to see who our residents are.
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Happy Birthday Andy! Kids celebrating at the Andy Monument in New York City.

Did you know that famed artist Andy Warhol won a Scholastic Art & Writing Award as a teenager? And did you know his birthday is August 6? We’ll be celebrating his special day, and we want you to join in on the fun! Share your Andy photos and facts with us as we fete this fabulous Scholastic Art & Writing Awards alum.
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Teacher Diane Heath with award-winning daughter and students Rebecca Heath, Amber Dietz, Katie Doyle, Audrey Benjaminsen, Sara Harbin and Mandy Hess.

Diane Heath of Rochester Hills, Michigan, has had a great year. Diane works at Stoney Creek High School where she’s an art teacher. This year her students include Portfolio Gold and Gold Medal winners, and her own children are Scholastic Award winners as well!

In the following interview by Alliance Staffer Lisa Feder-Feitel, Diane shares her experience and advice.
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Davis Werthmeimer, "Lost Marbles." Grade 11, Age 16. Gold Medal, Digital Art.

June’s Writing of the Month comes from 2011 Writing Portfolio Gold Medalist Harris Durrani. After the jump, read an except from his story, “JEDI KNIGHT.” You can also hear more about Harris on WNYC’s The Takeaway from Wednesday, June 1, 2011.


Once I was at your place and we were in your room with a few other cousins and your buddies. You and the older boys were playing Resident Evil.

“Hermano,” your brother Pedro said. “Cool it.”
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