32 Harris County Teens Travel to Carnegie Hall for Scholastic Art & Writing Medals

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June 7, 2019 by HCDE Communications

Thirty-two teen writers and artists from Harris County Department of Education’s Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Regional Affiliate program traveled to New York City to Carnegie Hall June 5-7 to gain national Gold Medals as young writers and artists. Their prestigious, artistic endeavors were selected from 340,000 national entries in 2019.


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Teen artist Taylor Powers of Cy-Fair ISD and writer Divot Walia of Pearland ISD each earned $10,000 national scholarships as two of 20 recipients national recipients.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards recognizes student achievement for grades 7-12 in the visual and literary arts in 29 categories, including editorial cartoon, poetry, graphic design, fashion, science fiction, video game design and more. The Awards offers opportunities for creative teens to earn recognition, exhibition, publication and scholarships.

“This experience for students at Carnegie Hall in NYC is indescribable. Having the opportunity to be recognized for their creativity and talent at the highest level is monumental in their lives,” said Andrea Segraves, coordinator for HCDE’s Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

Each year, students are surprised by a guest appearance from a celebrity during the Awards. This year, actor/comedian Tina Fey appeared.

Gold Medalists attending the ceremony:


Theiija Balasubramanian, Klein Oak High School, Klein ISD; Lilliana Cadet, Fairmont Junior High School, Deer Park ISD; Sophie Caldwell, Noelle Alexander, Oliver, Adonai Ross, Indrani Maitra and Jack Trent, St. John’s School; Riya Keswani, TH Rogers Middle School, Houston ISD; Emily Lara, Cypress Falls High School, Cy-Fair ISD; Kahani Malhotra, Village School; Yuan Malubay, Krimmel Intermediate School, Klein ISD; Sierra Ondo, Presbyterian School; Zoe Price, Kinkaid School; Hallie Thomson, Langham Creek High School, Cy-Fair ISD; Eliana Veeningen, Veritas Christian Academy; Divjot Walia, Glenda Dawson High, Pearland ISD; Trina Zhang, Killough Middle School, Alief ISD


Mary Ayers, Episcopal High School; Axel Maldonado and Mario Barron, Sam Rayburn High, Pasadena ISD; Evieh’biJan Nia Braddy, Nimitz High, Aldine ISD; Rachel Chang, Cypress Ridge High, Cy-Fair ISD; Sophia Early, Stratford High, Spring Branch ISD; Sophia Fu, Pearland Junior High West, Pearland ISD; Colby Gregory, Cypress Woods High, Cy-Fair ISD;; Hattie Meehan, St. Agnes Academy,; Chloe Pertuit, Clear Falls High, Clear Creek ISD; Taylor Powers, Cypress Woods High School, Cy-Fair ISD; Austin Reppert, Episcopal High; Jordan Smith, Carver High, Aldine ISD

The regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards begins the 2020 awards in the fall of 2019. For more information about judging, sponsoring or entering, go to www.hcde-texas.org/scholastic-awards.


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