Creative teens get their due


Mar 19, 2013
This time of year at Scholastic is always exciting, because we start to hear from teenagers across the country as they anxiously await news about the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Today, the winners were announced! The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the country’s longest-running and most prestigious award and recognition program for creative teenagers. This year is their 90th anniversary (!), and today they announced the 2013 National Award recipients. In addition to 1,600+ of the most talented and ambitious students in grades 7-12 chosen to receive national medals, 15 high school seniors were honored with a Portfolio Gold Award, the highest level of achievement — which, apart from providing much-deserved recognition to these talented teens, also provides them with a $10,000 cash scholarship. Congratulations to the recipients of the 2013 Portfolio Gold Medals: Luisa Banchoff, Arlington, VA; Leah Bydalek, Houston, TX; Christian Caraballo, Jersey City, NJ; Janay Alexandrea Crane, Walkerton, IN; Anthony DeSantis, Greenville, SC; Greg Dugdale, Carmel, IN; Isabella Giovannini, New York, NY; Katiuscia Gregoire, Miami Beach, FL; Patrick Hulse, Fairfax Station, VA; Kathleen Radigan, North Kingstown, RI; Alex Reynolds, Solon, OH; Samuel Root, Quarryville, PA; Emilie Sommers, Albuquerque, NM; Samantha West, Boise, ID; and Anna Xie, Boston, MA. A complete list of winners is available here. A big thank you to all the professionals who participated in judging this year, at all levels of the Awards. This year’s list of jurors included Edwidge Danticat, Myla Goldberg, Kurt Andersen, Althea Harper, Red Grooms, and Andres Serrano! So what’s next for these talented teens? The National Celebration each year is always an amazing time, but this year, on the 90th anniversary, it promises to be even more exciting! It will kick off in New York City on May 31 when the LED super signs at 1515 Broadway in Times Square will feature the Awards throughout the day. That evening, national winners will be honored onstage at a special ceremony at the world-famous Carnegie Hall. In addition, for the first time ever, in celebration of the 90th Anniversary, the ceremony will be webcast live from Carnegie Hall. (We’ll have more information to share about that soon!) And meanwhile, select Award-winning art and writing will be exhibited at Parsons The New School for Design and the Pratt Manhattan Gallery through June 15, 2013. (The exhibition and accompanying public programs are co-sponsored by the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons The New School for Design.) Congratulations to all the winners, but also to all the participants — submitting personal art and writing takes a huge amount of bravery. Find out more about the Art & Writing Awards on their Facebook page, their Twitter account, their Instagram, their Tumblr, and their blog.