10 teen artists, writers earn ‘best of class’ for regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards hosted by HCDE

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February 20, 2017 by HCDE Communications

Scholastic Art & Writing

Citlali Francisco, Klein ISD

Ten of the 8,748 art and writing entries submitted by students in grades 7-12 in Harris County have earned the “best in class” designation through Harris County Department of Education’s regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.  The 10 were named 2017 “American Voices & American Visions Nominees.”

The 10 nominees include:

Art: American Visions art nominees: Chimi Abuede, Elsik High School, Alief ISD, mixed media entry called “A Book of Chile”; Alexis Cazares, Sam Rayburn High School, Pasadena Independent School District, painting entry called “Close Shave”; Vittorio Covarrubi, Strake Jesuit College Preparatory, drawing and illustration entry called “The Heart of Houston”; Citlali Francisco, Kleb Intermediate, Klein ISD, drawing and illustration entry called “Color Me”; and Nia Pereda, Bondy Intermediate, Pasadena ISD, mixed media entry called “Bursting at the Seams.”

Writing: American Voices writing nominees: Tiffany Ajumobi, The Kinkaid School, writing portfolio; Mary Ann Hurtado, Klein Collins High School, Klein ISD, humor entry called “From Sea to Shining Sea”; Sophia Li, St. John’s School, personal essay entry called “The Tainted”; Jillian Romero, Doerre Intermediate School, Klein ISD, flash fiction entry called “When They Fell”; and Julia Smith, St. John’s School, short story entry called “The Bird.”

The students are honored through $250 scholarships provided by Texas Art Supply, a longtime regional supporter of Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, said Andrea Segraves, coordinator for HCDE’s regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Their work advances to be judged in New York City along with the regional winners in other cities throughout the nation. Ten will be chosen later this spring to be the national awardees who will be recognized at Carnegie Hall.

“We are extremely proud of our Harris County teen artists and writers who took part in the 2017 regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards,” said Harris County School Superintendent James Colbert, Jr. “We also thank the judges who took time to serve Harris County youth.”

To see a list of the 1,839 students who earned Gold, Silver and Honorable Mention Awards this year, go to:  http://www.hcde-texas.org/how-we-help-students/scholastic-art-writing-awards/scholastic-art-writing-awardees/ 

View the list of receptions and ceremonies being hosted at fine arts venues that include Spring Street Studios, Texas Art Supply, the Alley Theatre and MATCH: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1A2fAHj4pSLW67S2ct05KIi9ezsN8S2YIF9IX6ukmrxg/edit

About Scholastic Art & Writing: Founded in 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the nation’s longest-running, most prestigious educational initiative supporting student achievement in the visual and literary arts. The program has an impressive legacy of being the first to acknowledge creative talent and is today’s largest source of scholarships for creative teens.

About Harris County Department of Education: HCDE helps school districts in the state’s largest county meet the needs of uniquely challenged learners, directly serving students at their schools or one of four HCDE-operated campuses across the county. Learn about these services and more at www.hcde-texas.org .

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