Harris County Department of Education names 2017 Regional Scholastic Art & Writing awardees

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February 8, 2017 by HCDE-Texas

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards 2017Harris County teen artists and writers from 18 area school districts and multiple charter, private and home schools earn Scholastic Art & Writing Awards as regional sponsor Harris County Department of Education names the 2017 awardees.

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, founded in 1923, provides young artists and writers in grades 7-12 with the opportunity to showcase their work as it identifies and documents their outstanding achievements. The mission of the Awards is to bring outstanding visual art and writing created by teens to a national audience by displaying the work and encouraging creativity and career development. Former Scholastic Art & Writing notables who won awards in high school include Truman Capote, Stephen King, Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Robert Redford, and Zac Posen.

Access the complete list of student award recipients:
http://www.hcde-texas.org/how-we-help-students/scholastic-art-writing-awards/scholastic-art-writing-awardees/   

List of awards ceremonies and receptions at galleries throughout Houston:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1A2fAHj4pSLW67S2ct05KIi9ezsN8S2YIF9IX6ukmrxg/edit

HCDE Scholastic Art & Writing Awards coordinator Andrea Segraves said judges reviewed 8,748 art and writing entries at the regional level. Segraves thanked the several hundred volunteer judges who assisted in selecting the awards.

A total 1,839 students earn Gold Key, Silver Key and honorable mention awards, along with American Visions and Voices nomination awards from Scholastic Art & Writing, a national competition hosted regionally by HCDE. Gold Key art winners (307); Gold Key writing winners (92); and American Vision awardees (10) now advance to the national competition in New York City.  National medalists are announced in March.

The 10 American Visions & Voices Nominees are announced each year as “best of show” finalists in both art and writing to advance to national competition. Each nominee earns a $250 scholarship from sponsor Texas Arts Supply, and one in each category earns a national medal to be announced in March.

The five nominees for art awards are Chimi Abuede, Elsik High School, Alief ISD; Alexis Cazares, Sam Rayburn High School, Pasadena ISD; Vittorio Covarrubi, Strake Jesuit High School; Citlali Francisco, Kleb Intermediate, Klein ISD; and Nia Pereda, Bondy Intermediate, Pasadena ISD. The five writing nominees are Tiffany Ajumobi, The Kinkaid School, Mary Ann Hurtado, Klein Collins High School, Klein ISD; Sophia Li, St. John’s School; Jillian Romero, Doerre Intermediate School, Klein ISD; and Julia Smith, St. John’s School.

The following school districts, private schools, charter schools and home school students are represented in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards:

School districts: Aldine, Alief, Clear Creek, Crosby, Cy-Fair, Deer Park, Galena Park, Goose Creek Consolidated, Houston, Huffman, Humble, Katy, Klein, New Caney, Pasadena, Pearland, Spring Branch and Tomball.

Charter schools: Harmony Schools, Impact Early College High School, Calvin Nelms Charter and KIPP Academy.

Private: Annunciation Orthodox School, Concordia Lutheran, Duchesne Academy, Episcopal High, Emery Weiner,  Founders Christian, Incarnate Word, Post Oak High, Presbyterian, River Oaks Baptist, St. Agnes Academy, St. John’s Middle and Upper schools, St. John XXIII, St. Thomas High, Second Baptist, Strake Jesuit, The Kinkaid School and the Village School.

“We celebrate the talent of these young artists and writers at multiple ceremonies throughout Harris County,” said Harris County School Superintendent James Colbert.  “We are proud to sponsor this competition and look forward to showcasing the work of these amazing youth.”

For more information about HCDE’s regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and opportunities to sponsor, judge and enter the competition, go to www.hcde-texas.org/scholasticartandwriting .

Photo:
Cypress-Fairbanks ISD’s Jersey Village High School Gold Key recipient, Iliana Ramirez, senior, with her Gold Key Award photo.

About Scholastic Art & Writing Awards: For 94 years, the Awards, presented by the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, have identified the early promise of some of our nation’s most accomplished visionaries and encouraged young artists and writers to pursue a variety of creative career paths and endeavors. In 2016, a record-breaking 320,000 works were submitted for adjudication at the regional level, with more than 2,500 public, private and home-schooled students receiving national recognition.
Each year, exhibition, publication and scholarship opportunities are made available to students honored through the program. More about the Awards at www.artandwriting.org

About Harris County Department of Education (HCDE): Serving students, teachers, schools and communities throughout Harris County, HCDE is a local governmental organization providing value for school districts while supporting educational opportunity. Partnering with Harris County school districts, HCDE maximizes local resources and responds to the needs of locally elected school boards and education leaders. HCDE services include school-based therapy for students, afterschool programs, Head Start, educator training, adult education and programs to promote safe schools. To learn more about how your county department of education can help you: http://www.hcde-texas.org.

About Harris County Department of Education (HCDE): Serving students, teachers, schools and communities throughout Harris County, HCDE is a local governmental organization providing value for school districts while supporting educational opportunity. Partnering with Harris County school districts, HCDE maximizes local resources and responds to the needs of locally elected school boards and education leaders. HCDE services include school-based therapy for students, afterschool programs, Head Start, educator training, adult education and programs to promote safe schools. To learn more about how your county department of education can help you: http://www.hcde-texas.org.

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