APS News Release

National Scholastic Art and Writing Winners Announced

The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers announced that 25 APS students have received recognition in the National Scholastics Art and Writing Competition.

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, over 340,000 works were submitted to the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers – receiving a National Medal places these students within the top 1% of all submissions.

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

Art Awards – Gold Medalist

  • Wakefield High School- Charlie Williams, 12th grade, Shadows of Democracy
  • Yorktown High School- Fiona Daidy, 12th grade, Interdimensional Trap
  • Rachel Hocker, 11th grade, Aging Beauty

Art Awards – American Visions Medal

  • Wakefield High School- Aubrey Mahoney, 12th grade, Vulnerability

Art Awards – Portfolio Silver Medalist with Distinction

  • Yorktown High School -Sofie Hogue, 12th grade, Pattern

Art Awards – Portfolio Silver Medalist 

  • Yorktown High School- Zach Carrig, 12th grade, Through the Lens

Art Awards – Silver Medalist
Wakefield High School

  • Leila Denino, 10th grade, Yeaming
  • Abel Gerezgher, 12th grade, Stand for What You Believe in and Wisdom Within
  • Megan Mazel, 12th grade, Reflection of Monument
  • Amelie Soto, 9th grade, Textured Tea
  • Mason Taylor, 11th grade, Not Ur Petting Zoo

Washington-Liberty High School

  • Bridget Bartz, 11th grade, Class Unity
  • Katherine Johnson, 11th grade, Together
  • Miranda Kibler, 12th grade, Metamorph
  • Juliana Santry, 12th grade, Back to School Shopping in 2020
  • Aidan Shenk, 12th grade, Shimmer
  • Audrey Vizard, 11th grade, Dementia Stage Three: Where is My Brother?

Yorktown High School

  • Taylor Price, 11th grade, The Unity Before Darkness
  • Bella Rose, 12th grade, Caution
  • Audrey Tong, 12th grade, Waved

H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program

  • Meerae Phillips, 8th grade, Lollipop

Williamsburg Middle School 

  • Megan Sartori, 8th grade, Still Life of Household Items

Writing Awards – Gold Awards
H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program

  • Nicola Beaumont, 8th grade, Cosmos

Yorktown High School

  • Sophia Futrell, 11th grade, La Ciguapa y La Diablesse: a Caribbean folklore duology

The program, currently in its 98th 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 in June at a virtual 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, about the art awards contact the Pam Farrell in the Arts Education Office at 703-228-6169.

View the online gallery of the Regional Scholastic Art Award winners here.

Watch the Regional Scholastic Art Awards Ceremony here.