APS News Release

APS Students Earn 30 National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

awards-logoThis year, a record breaking 333,000 works were submitted to the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers and only 2,500 pieces were awarded nationally. Regional competitions award Gold and Silver Keys as well as Honorable Mentions. Gold Keys are sent on to the national level for competition.

This year’s Arlington Public Schools national award recipients are:

Art Awards – Gold Medalist

  • H-B Woodlawn 10th grader Cole Goco: Planets (Comic Art)
  • Washington-Lee High School senior Sierra Randolph: Seneca (Mixed Media)
  • H-B Woodlawn senior Emma Siegel: 1961 Chrysler Imperial (Film & Animation)

Art Awards – Portfolio Silver Medalist

  • H-B Woodlawn senior Fernando Rocha: Engaging With My Community Through Film (Film & Animation)
  • H-B Woodlawn senior Emma Siegel: In Love & Lust (Film & Animation)

Art Awards – Silver Medalist

  • Yorktown High School senior Nicole Ardaiz: Drawn to Scale (Drawing & Illustration)
  • Yorktown High School junior Aubrey Bouchoux: In Thought Two (Photography)
  • Williamsburg Middle School 7th grader Caroline Brickley: Plastic Crumply Thing (Sculpture)
  • Kenmore Middle School 8th grader Abi Burkholder: Entropy (Drawing & Illustration)
  • Wakefield High School junior Catherine Chen: Pencil Tops (Photography)
  • Wakefield High School junior Jaylan Fall: Freshly Squeezed (Photography)
  • Washington-Lee High School senior Kate Felsenheld: So You Wanna Be a Punk (Comic Art)
  • Washington-Lee High School senior Foster Gray: The Blue Herring (Digital Art)
  • Yorktown High School junior Thomas Hall: Tree Branch (Ceramics & Glass)
  • Washington-Lee High School senior Sophie Huther: A Stilled Life (Painting)
  • Wakefield High School senior Karolina Lajch: Neighborhood Watch (Photography)
  • Washington-Lee High School junior Emma Lehman: The Bruised Fruit (Photography)
  • Washington-Lee High School junior Maria Lujan: Three Faced (Sculpture)
  • Swanson Middle School 8th grader Natalie Moreno: August (Comic Art)
  • Yorktown High School junior Alejandro Perera: Broken Water Fountain (Digital Art)
  • Yorktown High School junior Kyle Quach: Lemon and Lime (Photography)
  • H-B Woodlawn senior Fernando Rocha: Ay Que Sí (Film & Animation)
  • Jefferson Middle School 8th grader Talia Roman: Autumn (Painting)
  • H-B Woodlawn 8th grader Isabella Sheppard: Hands and Bug (Drawing & Illustration)
  • Yorktown High School senior Cat Vaccaro: Cracking Chimes (Ceramics & Glass)

Writing Awards – Silver Medalist with Distinction

  • Washington-Lee High School senior Carolyn Bradley: Army Brat (Writing Portfolio)

Writing Awards – Silver Medalist

  • H-B Woodlawn junior Henry Byron: Bradden (Novel Writing)
  • H-B Woodlawn 8th grader Grace Chen: This is a Mime (Dramatic Script)
  • Yorktown High School sophomore Samuel Gonzalez: The Titan (Science Fiction/Fantasy)

Art Awards – American Visions Medal

  • Washington-Lee sophomore Thomas Bolles: Citizen (Photography)

To view artwork please visit our online galleries. The Regional Scholastic Art Award Exhibit is currently on display at Central Library through Tue, March 28.

The program, currently in its 94th year, is a national program recognizing outstanding creativity in teens and offers scholarship opportunities for graduating high school seniors. Teens in grades 7-12 can apply in 29 categories of art and writing for the chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited or published.

The national non-profit organization that presents the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards will honor students on Thursday, June 8th, at a gala celebration at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Selected award recipients and high school seniors recognized with top honors will have their art exhibited at Parsons The New School for Design in New York. Selections from The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are published in the National Catalog, Best Teen Writing, and Spark (anthology of work by middle school students), which are distributed free of charge to schools and libraries nationwide.

For more information, contact the Arts Education Office at 703-228-6299 (Art Awards) or the English Language Arts Office at 703-228-8045 (Writing Awards).