Seventeen Students Earn Prestigious Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

Four of Foxcroft’s 21 honored works earn top regional honors and advance to the national competition.

A group of 17 Foxcroft students created 21 outstanding works of art and writing that were recently selected for special recognition in the 2020 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards regional competition. 
Four students each achieved the coveted Gold Key status — the highest regional designation. The “golden” artists are juniors Olivia B. and Liliana G. (photography) and Julia C. (ceramics & glass). Writer and senior Shea H. acquired two keys, one Gold and one Silver, in the categories of poetry and critical essay, respectively.
These Gold Key works are now being judged by a panel of noted visual and literary world leaders in New York City. The National Medalists they select will be invited to a ceremony at Carnegie Hall and their works included in a nationwide traveling exhibition. This year, students in grades 7-12 submitted more than 320,000 works of art and writing in 29 categories; advancing to the national competition is no small feat.
Senior Leslie W. collected two of the nine Silver Keys received by Foxcroft students, one each for her art portfolio and painting submission. Silver Keys for artwork also went to Ellen B. ’21 (sculpture), Tam L. ’20 (drawing & illustration), Emma L. ’20 (art portfolio), Emma N. ’21 (photography), and Dami O. ’21 (mixed media). In addition to Shea, writer Eunice Y. ’21 received a Silver for her poetry.
Honorable Mentions were earned by writers Tam (flash fiction), and Anna B. ’21, Erica J. ’22, and Ella S-C. ’22 (personal essay), as well as artists Sabrina C. ’22 and Isobel D. ’21 (mixed media) and Lucy M. ’23 (photography). Liliana earned an Honorable Mention for photography in addition to her Gold Key.
Established in 1923, the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards are presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers in partnership with more than 100 visual arts and literary arts organizations across the country. It is the nation’s largest, longest-running, most prestigious visual and literary arts program recognizing accomplishments of students in middle and high school.
Among the artistic luminaries who have served as judges are Langston Hughes, Robert Frost, Edwidge Danticat, David Sedaris, Nikki Giovanni, and Roz Chast. The list of past winners is equally impressive with Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Sylvia Plath, and filmmaker Ken Burns — as well as Foxcroft Fine Arts teacher Karin Thorndike — among the honored.
To view a complete list of Foxcroft’s honored entries, click here.
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