The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards were founded in 1923 and, for nearly a century, have inspired bold ideas in creative teens throughout the country.
Entries are selected for awards without knowledge of the student’s gender, age, ethnicity, or hometown by some of the foremost leaders in the visual and literary arts. Many Scholastic Awards alumni have lent their expertise as jurors, including Michael Bierut, Philip Pearlstein, Edward Sorel, Red Grooms, and Gary Panter. Other luminaries who have served as judges include Langston Hughes, Robert Frost, Judy Blume, Billy Collins, Paul Giamatti, Francine Prose, Edwidge Danticat, David Sedaris, Lesley Stahl, Nikki Giovanni, Roz Chast, Wangechi Mutu, Andres Serrano, Kiki Smith, Jill Kraus, Shinique Smith, Rashid Johnson, and Waris Ahluwalia.
Jurors look for works that exemplify the Awards’ core values: originality, skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.
Scholastic celebrates work that is unique and blurs boundaries. They want work that challenges assumptions. Is it new? Does it surprise you?
All entries are considered for Gold Key, Silver Key, Honorable Mention, American Voices Nominee, and American Visions Nominee awards. These are presented to students along with celebration ceremonies and exhibitions in each region.
Over 10,000 entries were received in the Northeast region this fall. Less than 30 people in the region received gold key awards, 250 were given silver key awards, and 500 were given honorable mentions. Garnet Valley had 78 entries from AP 12 classes and 12 English E-School. Garnet Valley AP had 3 gold key winners, 7 silver key winners, and 13 honorable mentions. GV 12 English E-School had 1 honorable mention.
National awards are the Gold and Silver Key Entries and these are automatically considered for national gold and silver medals, scholarships, and publication in a ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City in May. All the regional winners below will be invited to UPenn for a luncheon this spring.
This year Garnet Valley has in the Short Story Category:
Gold Key Winners:
Sara Ali – Short Story
Grace Donaghy – Supposed Paradise
Bridget McCann – The Invert of Life
Silver Key Winners
MK Bulley – The Aging Elixir
Kris Henning- Short Story
Marina Kondo- Roses of Yellow
Benjamin Kuoch- With Love
Lila Troum- My Summer with Julie
Scout Walker- Redeemer
Dennis Miczek – Lonpar
Benjamin Wou – Once Twice Thrice Frice
Julien Thiveaud- Perfectly Imbalanced
Amanda Smith- On Adventurous Evening
Maddie Shoemaker- If the Shoe Fits
Sameeha Said- A Calling
Neshal Kothari- Paper Slave
James Basile- Surf Slides to the Rescue
Tejasvi Dantu- One Corner of the Room
Songlin Li- Monster Under the Bed
Christopher Nevy- Bombshells
Emilia Palmer- Passerby
Lily Twersky- Cityscape
In the Science Fiction Category:
Andrew Hua- Trojan
Songlin Li- The Warmth of Silent Stars
In the Novel Category:
Abby Ioannou- Golden- SIlver Key
Songlin Li- The Adrift- Honorable Mention
In the Flash Fiction Category:
Songlin Li- I Too Wish to Fly- Honorable Mention