The Belin-Blank Center at the University of Iowa has announced the regional award recipients of the 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Four CRCSD students have received Gold Key awards from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Presented by the nonprofit organization, the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards program is the nation’s longest-running, largest, most prestigious recognition program for creative students in grades 7-12. Congratulations to the following awardees:
Holly Altfillisch: 8th grade; Franklin Middle School for her short story entitled "The General’s Stance."
Maddison Edwards: 12th grade; Washington High School for her painting entitled Music.
Shane Wonase: 12th grade; Kennedy High School for his photograph entitled Lone.
Gisele Anderson-Pledge: 10th grade; Jefferson High School for her photograph entitled Black Power: Melanin Pride.
Also receiving Silver Key awards and/or Honorable Mention for works of mixed media, drawing and illustration, and journalism are Isaac Toth, 12th grade at Kennedy High School, and Ethan Oehlert, 9th grade at Washington High School.
“Being recognized for my art at this level has impacted my plans for my future,” said award recipient Maddison Edwards. “It has given me greater confidence, and an encouraging push on continuing my art after high school.”
For Gold Key works of art and writing in the Awards’ 29 categories, including architecture, painting, flash fiction, poetry, printmaking, video game design, and more, the opportunities for recognition will continue when those works are adjudicated again on a national level by a panel of leading creative professionals in New York City. There, nationally renowned creative professionals review Gold Key works from across the country. Jurors select work for national recognition based on three criteria: Originality, Technical Skill, and Emergence of a Personal Vision or Voice. National Gold Medal recipients will be announced in March 2018 and will be honored during a special awards ceremony at the world-famous Carnegie Hall in New York City in June 2018.
“Scholastic is a great opportunity for a student to be recognized for their talent and hard work,” said Liz Schmelzer, art instructor at Washington High School. “Awards from Scholastic can open doors for students in the form of scholarships and college entrance requirements, therefore it carries extra weight for those students wanting to pursue a degree in art.”
Over the past 95 years, the Awards have recognized and encouraged artists and writers such as: Sylvia Plath, Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Robert Redford, Tom Otterness, Zac Posen, among countless others.