Announcing the country’s most creative teens!

The nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers has announced the national award recipients of the 2018 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 winners can be found here.

record-breaking 346,000 works of art and writing were submitted for adjudication at the regional level in the Awards’ 29 categories, which include poetry, photography, sculpture, humor, editorial cartoons, video game design, and more.

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 2018 Gold Medal Portfolio are:

Gold Portfolios, Art:

  • Alia Bringas-Brand, age 17, Interlochen, MI
  • Maya Dixon, age 17, Bronx, NY
  • Zaria Dudley, age 17, Wahiawa, HI
  • Fletcher Johnson, age 17, Petersburg, VA
  • Mackie Mallison, age 18, Portland, OR
  • Emily Shonk, age 17, Gnadenhutten, OH
  • Christopher Velez, age 17, St. Petersburg, FL
  • Jiahong Wang, age 18, Irvine, CA 

Gold Portfolios, Writing:

  • Vicky Brown, age 17, Greenville, SC
  • Kush Dhungana, age 17, Livingston, NJ
  • Malachi Jones, age 17, North Charleston, SC
  • Sarena Kuhn, age 17, Los Alamitos, CA
  • Osarugue Otebele, age 16, Memphis, TN
  • Alexandra Swerdloff, age 17, Boise, ID
  • Sam Wachman, age 17, Cambridge, MA
  • Triniti Wade, age 17, Miami, FL 

Congratulations to the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards 2018 Gold Medal Portfolio recipients and to all national Award-winning students! 

Save the Date! The National Ceremony will take place at Carnegie Hall in NYC on June 7. This ceremony will feature celebrity guests and the top creative leaders in the arts.

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