It is the time of the year where we hear back from various state and national organizations regarding the work of our students that has been entered in various competitions. Once again, there is a great deal of good news to report. Congratulations to the following students and the teachers who have supported their efforts in the creation of outstanding artwork and writing!
Scholastic Art & Writing Award Winners from MSMS
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have existed since 1923 and the contest affords students across the country the opportunity to be recognized for their talents. Notable winners of these prestigious awards include Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, and Robert Redford. Judges look for originality, technical skill, and development of a personal voice and/or vision. At the regional level, students are selected to receive the Gold Key, the Silver Key, or Honorable Mention. Additionally, each state nominates five selected Gold Key level awards as American Visions & Voices Nominees to be further judged with the hope of achieving the distinction of “Best of Show”.
At the national level, regional Gold Key works will advance to be judged for gold or silver medals. Last year, Marshall Simonds was honored to have Benny Grubner’s work receive a National Gold Medal and his work was also selected to travel throughout the country in the national exhibit, Art Now.
The 2015 MSMS award winners were selected from more 16,000 pieces of art and writing submitted to the Massachusetts Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards! All of the writing awards went to current BEAM students, while the photography awards went to students in the MSMS digital photography Activity Block and newly formed after-school Photo Club.
The two photos below by Jordan Casaubon and Olivia Virgin each won Gold Keys, the highest recognition possible. Additionally, Jordan’s photo was one of five in the state which was moved on as an American Visions and Voices Nominee.
For more on our MSMS students from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, check out the following post from Mrs. Rogers Blog at MSMS – MSMS BEAM Students and Photography Club Excel at Scholastic Art & Writing Awards!
Scholastic Art & Writing Award Winners from BHS
2015 Gold Key Winners for Writing:
Anjali Seereeram (Short story: “Youth”)
Kavya Sebastian (Short story: “3 A.M. Coffee”)
Anjali’s short story, “Youth” was nominated for the American Voices Award by the Massachusetts branch of the Scholastic Writing Awards. Only five written pieces earn this nomination each year out of the 1,300+ written submissions that come in, from nine different categories of original writing. Anjali’s story was the only piece from the Short Story category nominated for the award, and her work will automatically be entered in the national Scholastic American Visions and Voices competition, which will be decided in mid-March.
Congratulations, Anjali, on this incredible achievement! You can read Anjali’s wonderful piece “Youth” by clicking here.
2015 Gold Key Winner for Art:
Anne Zhang won two Gold Keys for two separate pieces. One of those drawings, a pen and ink drawing of BHS Latin Teacher Mr. Stringer, is pictured below.
Overall across the district, we had six Gold Key Winners (two which received American Voices and Visions recognition, 12 Silver Key Winners, and 11 Honorable Mentions.