The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Announce 2019 National Recipients!

Royivia Ferguson  //  Mar 13, 2019

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Announce 2019 National Recipients!

The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers is pleased to announce the national award recipients of the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 7–12!

A full list of national recipients can be found here.

Within the Awards’ 29 categories—which include poetry, photography, sculpture, humor, editorial cartoons, and video game design—340,000 works of art and writing were submitted by students from every state in the nation for adjudication at the regional level this year.

The Awards have helped foster the creativity and talent of millions of students across the United States. Alumni of the Awards have gone on to become leaders in their fields, including Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Philip Pearlstein, and Sylvia Plath. More recently, Stephen King, Richard Linklater, Zac Posen, and Lena Dunham received Scholastic Art & Writing Awards as teens.

We are particularly proud to announce the 16 high school seniors who received the program’s highest national honor, the Gold Medal Portfolio, which includes a $10,000 scholarship. Recipients of the 2019 Gold Medal Portfolio are:

Gold Portfolios, Art:

  • Gillian Dickinson, age 17, Boynton Beach, FL
  • Will Landis-Croft, age 17, Portland, OR
  • Joseph Leppo, age 17, Atlantic Beach, FL
  • Jonathan Olivares Paramo, age 18, Vista, CA
  • Taylor Powers, age 18, Houston, TX
  • Markel Randle, age 17, Wichita, KS
  • Hallie Wilson, age 17, Richmond, VA
  • Simba (Haoran) Xu, age 17, Ashburnham, MA

Gold Portfolios, Writing:

  • Sandra Chen, age 17, Pleasanton, CA
  • Brianna Kline Costa, age 17, Pittsburg, PA
  • Raven Little, age 17, New Orleans, LA
  • Athena Nassar, age 17, Peachtree City, GA
  • Caleb Pan, age 17, Denver, CO
  • Ariana Smith, age 17, Las Vegas, NV
  • Divjot Walia, age 17, Pearland, TX
  • Sophia Zhao, age 17, Newark, DE 

Congratulations to the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards 2019 Gold Medal Portfolio recipients and to all the national Award-winning students! 

Save the Date! 

The National Ceremony will take place at Carnegie Hall in NYC on June 6. This ceremony will feature celebrity guests and the top creative leaders in the arts.

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