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Scholastic Awards

April 8, 2017

Awards announced

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the longest-running scholarship and recognition program for creative teens, and are presented annually by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers with generous support from Scholastic Inc.

There were 331,000 submissions and more than 2,700 works of art and writing earned a National Medal. On June 8 at Carnegie Hall in New York City students receiving top awards and their educators will be honored at a ceremony.

Congratulations to all the Maine students who submitted a work of art and to their teachers who worked with them.

The following Maine students are recognized for their submissions.

  • Taylor Worthington, grade 12, Brunswick High School, painting entitled “Touch of Pink”, Award: Gold Medal
  • Grace Roberts, grade 11, Cape Elizabeth High School, personal essay/memoir entitled “The Protagonist, Award: American Voices Medal
  • Bennett Hight, grade 12, Freeport High School, Art Portfolio entitled, “study in Fish”, Award: Silver Medal
  • Corey Boynton, grade 12, Gardiner Area High School, Film & Animation entitled “No Problems”, Award: Silver Medal
  • Alaina Bonis, grade 8, Hebron Academy, painting entitled “LoveMeRight”, Award: Silver Medal
  • Eli Clein, grade 12, Hebron Academy, Photography entitled “Luci”, Award: Silver Medal
  • Haohan Tang, grade 12, Hebron Academy, Architecture & Industrial Design entitled “Clouds”, Award: Silver Medal
  • Lizzie Dunn, grade 10, Houlton Jr. Senior High school, drawing and Illustration entitled “Jill”, Award: Silver Medal
  • Elana Fortin, grade 12, Wells High School, Photography entitled “The Light at the End, Award: Silver Medal
  • Ben Knight, grade 12, York High School, Photography entitled “Small Town Woes, Award: American Visions Medal
  • Liam Swift, grade 10, Portland, Novel Writing entitled “The Sky At 5AM, Award: Silver Medal

Scholastic Art and Congressional Art Awards

November 2, 2016

Art and writing


Opportunity for high school students – National Scholastics Art and Writing awards and Congressional Art Awards. These are competitions for students to submit original artwork and to promote a student’s personal voice or vision.

Art teachers: please visit the National Scholastics website at and register as an art educator.  Art educators are required to create a new profile every year. Next step: Interested students grades 7 through 12; need to create or update their profile. (Students do not have to create a new profile every year.)

screen-shot-2016-11-01-at-9-11-50-pmHigh School Artwork receiving Silver Key and Gold Key recognition will then be considered for the 2017 Congressional Art Competition.


Congressional Art Awards

Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Since the Artistic Discovery competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.


Sep. 13 First Communication (E-Newsletter) to Art Educators: Welcome
Sep. 14 Scholastics website opens for registration!
Sep. 26 Mail Art Educators classroom poster to school.
Oct. 12 Second Communication (E-Newsletter) to Art Educators: Updates
Nov. 12 Third Communication (E-Newsletter) to Art Educators: Updates
Dec. 1 Fourth Communication (E-Newsletter) to Art Educators; Updates
Dec. 12 Fifth Communication (E-Newsletter) to Art Educators; Final Reminder!
Dec. 15 All Digital Submissions due! (Via the National Scholastics website.)
Dec. 17 Postmarked deadline of forms and payment; mail to MECA
Dec. 21 Forms and payment received by mail to Maine College of Art (MECA)
Dec. 18 -Jan. 2 Processing Entries: at Maine College of Art
Jan.  3 – 6 Judging at Maine College of Art
Jan. 7 – 9 Students and art teachers are notified of the jury decisions by email
Jan. TBA (14 to 21) Artwork Drop off at Maine College of Art
Jan. TBA Email regarding Exhibition RSVP
Jan. 26 Gold Keys digitally sent to Nationals: digital only and automatically.
Jan. 21 to 28 Hang Exhibition at Maine College of Art
Jan. 28-Feb 11 Exhibition: at Maine College of Art. Open for class visits.
Feb. TBA Congressional Art Awards Judging
Feb. TBA Students who qualify to compete in the CAC will be informed
Feb. 3 First Friday 5 to 8pm. Great opportunity to see the show!
Feb. 11 Scholastics Award Ceremony at MECA (Snow date: Feb. 12)
Time: TBA Awards Ceremony and artwork is taken home.
Feb. 11 CAC Winners artwork is collected by Maine Arts Commission
Feb. TBA Congressional Art Awards Notification of Decision
Feb. 17 Closing Email letter
Mar. 14 National Recognitions Announced: check Scholastics website
TBA Congressional Art Awards Exhibition
May TBA Congressional Art Awards Reception in Augusta, ME
May TBA CAC District 1 and 2 1st place winners artwork taken to Washington DC
June 2017 TBA National Scholastics Exhibition in New York City; invitation only
June 2018 TBA CAC District winners work returns home from Washington DC

Volunteers Needed

1.      Processing entries: 1 day, up to 4 hours, up to 6 people
2.      Judging Day: 1 monitor per day
3.      Accepting artwork: Shifts of 2 people, 2 hours each
4.      Hanging the Exhibition: 4 people, 4 hours each
5.      Award Ceremony and Reception: 2 to 6 people, 1 to 2 hours each
Closing De-install: 3/4 people 1 to 2 hours each

If you have any questions please contact Liam Sullivan at



November 21, 2015

Update on the plans

Below is information from Liam Sullivan, Director of Enrollment and Outreach at the Maine College of Art in regards to the Scholastic Art Awards. Please contact Liam at if you have any questions.

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In preparing for the Scholastic Art and Writing awards the following is important information:

  • If you haven’t done so this year; please register as an art educator or encourage your art educator colleagues to register on the Art and Writing website:
  • Encourage all your participating art students to register themselves as student participants on the same website.
  • All entries are due by December 17, 2015. There will be no exceptions. Digital submissions must be uploaded and paperwork plus payment must be postmarked by that date; December 17, 2015.
  • Keep in mind that the Maine Congressional Art Competition winners will be selected from the the Scholastic entries that are recognized in the Silver or Gold categories.
  • Submission fees are $5 per individual piece; maximum of 12 individual pieces. $20 per portfolio; only for seniors; maximum of 2 portfolios per senior. Fee Waivers to cover the submission costs are available for qualifying student participants.

Important Dates:
Dec. 17                All Entries due! Image, info; signatures and payment postmarked.
Jan.  6                Judging (Snow date: 7)
Jan. 8/11            Students and art teachers are notified of the jury decisions
Jan. 15 – 18        Artwork Drop off (Snow date: to 19)
Jan. 19                Email regarding Exhibition RSVP
Jan. 20 – 22       Hang Exhibition
Jan. 23 – Feb 13   Exhibition
Feb. 5                  First Friday 5 to 8pm. (Unofficial Reception and Open House)

Feb. 13                Ceremony and art work pick up

  • 1pm Awards Reception
  • 3pm End of Ceremony and Exhibit
  • Attendees or School Reps: take artwork down and bring home
    Rest of pieces moved into temporary storage

Another email communication will take place prior to December with updates. Please keep in mind this part of the competition is just for high school student’s visual artwork; the writing component is hosted by another institution. In the meantime; if you have any questions please feel free to contact me at your convenience at or by calling 207-699-5037.


Scholastic Awards

April 4, 2015

Congratulations students and teachers

The following Maine students (and their teachers) have received top honors in the Scholastic Art & Writing awards. CONGRATULATIONS!

Logan Bru – Gold Medal – Oxford Hills, grade 11

Virginia Valdes, teacher

Oh Gaeun – Gold Medal – Foxcroft Academy, grade 12

Jane Blay, teacher

Julia Sagaser – American Visions Medal – Waterville SHS, grade 12

 Suzanne Goulet, teacher


The entire list of students in the country who have also received top honors are listed at



Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

April 6, 2014

Medals announced

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the largest, longest-running scholarship and recognition program for creative teens, and are presented annually by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers with generous support from the title sponsor, Scholastic Inc. Partnering with national organizations like the National Writing Project and the national Art Education Association, the Alliance has a proven track record of identifying creative leaders and providing students with strong artistic and literary skills recognition, publication and exhibition opportunities, and scholarships.

From an initial pool of 255,000 submissions 2,050 works of art and writing earned a National Medal. The students and their teachers will be honored at the National Awards Ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City in early June. Artwork from award-winning students will be featured in an exhibition at parsons The New School for Design and the Pratt Manhattan Gallery. A selection of students receiving Awards for writing will have their work published in the annual anthology The Best Teen Writing of 2014.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards will webcast the National Awards Ceremony live from Carnegie Hall on June 6 at 6:00 pm.

The following Maine students have been recognized for their accomplishments:

  • Blakey Bessire, Portland , Photography (2 pieces)
  • Seungsu Han, Gould Academy, Sculpture
  • Alexandra Carrington, Waynflete School, Short Story
  • Kate Hansen, Cape Elizabeth High School, Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Lily Jordan, Cape Elizabeth High School, (2) Personal Essay/Memoir and Persuasive Writing
  • Noah Jordan, Center for Teaching & Learning, Flash Fiction
  • Matel Theordore Matel, Center for Teaching & Learning, Poetry
  • Nam Geregory, Durham Community School, Science Fiction/Fantasy


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