The Most Promising & Creative Teens in the U.S. Announced as National Scholastic Art & Writing Award Winners

    The Most Promising & Creative Teens in the U.S. Announced as National
                    Scholastic Art & Writing Award Winners

Young artists and writers gain exhibition and publication opportunities and
access to more than $8 million in scholarships as they join the ranks of
prestigious Scholastic Art & Writing Awards alumni including Stephen King,
Sylvia Plath and Zac Posen

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, March 18, 2014

NEW YORK, March 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --The nonprofit Alliance for Young
Artists & Writers has announced the national winners of the 2014 Scholastic
Art & Writing Awards, the country's longest-running and most prestigious award
and recognition program for creative students in grades 7–12. Sixteen high
school seniors received the highest Scholastic Art & Writing Awards honor, the
Portfolio Gold Medal, which includes a $10,000 cash scholarship. In addition,
all National Award–winning high school seniors are now eligible to apply for a
special pool of more than $8 million in scholarships, set aside specifically
for them through partnerships with the Alliance and esteemed colleges and
universities around the country.

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Recipients of the 2014 Portfolio Gold Medal Awards are: Tyra Abraham, age 17
of New York, NY; Hanel Baveja, 17, Ann Arbor, MI; Ellie Braun, 17, Richmond,
VA; Brandon Brooks, 18, Charlotte, NC; Madison Brownson, 18, Interlochen, MI;
Nathan Cummings, 18, Mercer Island, WA; Shannon Daniels, 17, New York, NY;
Jonathan Gelernter, 17, New Haven, CT; Emma Hastings, 17, Alexandria, VA;
Kasem Kydd, 17, Weston, MA; Haley Lee, 16, Scottsdale, AZ; Jack Rayson, 18,
Nashville, TN; Lisa Su, 18, Towson, MD; Jackson Trice, 17, Greenville, SC;
Patrick Zapien, 18, Houston, TX; and Luis Zepeda, 18, West Palm Beach, FL.
Additional scholarship awards were provided by the National Constitution
Center, Bloomberg L.P., Gedenk Movement, 3D Systems and Duck Tape®. Other
national honors include Portfolio Silver Medals with Distinction, which also
include a $1,000 scholarship; Gold and Silver Medals; and Best-in-Grade
Awards, as well as honors for these remarkable students' teachers. A complete
list of national student winners is available here.

"The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards serve as clear validation of young
artists' and writers' creative talent, persistence and promise in their
respective fields," said Virginia McEnerney, Executive Director of the
Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the administrator of the Scholastic
Awards. "It is our honor to share in these defining moments of achievement for
our nation's teens and to elevate their unbelievable talent on the local,
regional and national levels. We see it as a privilege to support them on
their journey to becoming artists, writers, designers, doctors, business
owners or any aspiration they are determined to realize."

This program year, a record-breaking 255,000+ works of art and writing were
submitted to more than 100 affiliates of the Alliance for regional
adjudication. Leading up to this announcement, students who received regional
Gold and Silver Keys, as well as Honorable Mentions, have been celebrated in
all corners of the country. More than 100,000 regional Award recipients'
families and friends gathered at local exhibitions, ceremonies and readings
nationwide to recognize student works spanning the Scholastic Awards' 28
categories, which include flash fiction, comic art, poetry, jewelry, science
fiction and fantasy, sculpture, novel writing, video game design and a special
category called "future new."

From the outstanding pool of regional Gold Key recipients, an impressive panel
of creative-industry experts chose more than 1,800 of the most talented
students—representing 47 U.S. states as well as students in Washington, D.C.
and American schools abroad—to receive national medals. These artists,
authors, critics, educators and skilled professionals blindly judged works
based on originality, technical skill and the emergence of a personal vision
or voice—the original three criteria of the program's founding in 1923. This
year's list of distinguished jurors included Andres Serrano (artist), Edwidge
Danticat (writer), Michael Raisler (producer), Kay WalkingStick (artist), Jane
Cohan (gallery owner), David Krasnow ("Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen"), Alison
Elizabeth Taylor (artist) and Steven Savage (illustrator).

To celebrate the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards' national winners, the
Alliance will kick off this year's National Celebration in New York City on
June 5, 2014 with the first annual Maker Prom—a party with interactive
art-making stations—at the Roosevelt Hotel, as well as the grand opening of
the Art.Write.Now. National Exhibition, a large selection of Award-winning art
and writing that will be on display at Parsons The New School for Design and
the Pratt Manhattan Gallery. On June 6, 2014, students will be honored during
a special awards ceremony live-webcasted from the world-famous Carnegie Hall,
where they will be joined onstage by this year's Alumni Achievement Award
Recipient, Kay WalkingStick, whose career retrospective will open in 2015 at
the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. Following the
ceremony, the annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Benefit will take place
at The Edison Ballroom, and to further amplify the festivities that evening,
the iconic Empire State Building will be lit in gold.

For 91 years, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have fostered the creativity
and talent of millions of students through recognition, exhibitions,
publications and scholarships. Alumni of the Scholastic Awards have gone on to
continue their education at many of the top colleges and universities across
the country, including Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Rhode Island
School of Design (RISD), Parsons The New School for Design, Carnegie Mellon
University, Harvard University and Columbia University. Since its founding,
the Awards program has identified the early promise of some of our nation's
most exceptional visionaries, including alumni such as Andy Warhol, Truman
Capote, Richard Avedon, Philip Pearlstein, Sylvia Plath and John Updike, all
of whom won when they were teens. More recently, Stephen King, Myla Goldberg,
Zac Posen and Lena Dunham have become celebrated alumni of the program.

The Alliance is grateful for its generous sponsors, who provide funds to
support and produce the Awards: Scholastic Inc., The Maurice R. Robinson Fund,
Command Web Offset Co., the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the
President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, The New York Times,
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, The National Endowment for the Arts,
Blick Art Materials & Utrecht Art Supplies, 3D Systems, The Gedenk Movement,
Golden Artist Colors, Bloomberg L.P.,, the Bernstein Family
Foundation, Jacques and Natasha Gelman Trust, the New York City Department of
Cultural Affairs, Duck Tape® and additional contributions from numerous other
individual, foundation and corporate funders. The Art.Write.Now exhibition and
accompanying public programs are co-sponsored by the Sheila C. Johnson Design
Center at Parsons The New School for Design.

For more information about the Alliance,
Additional details about the Awards can be found in theScholastic Media

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The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, identifies
teenagers with exceptional artistic and literary talent and brings their
remarkable work to a national audience through the Scholastic Art & Writing
Awards. Founded in 1923, the Awards program is the longest-running, most
prestigious initiative of its kind, having fostered the creativity and talent
of millions of students through recognition, exhibitions, publications and
scholarships. Over the past six years alone, students have submitted more than
a million works of art and writing and over $30 million has been made
available in scholarships and awards to top winning participants. The Alliance
partners with more than 100 regional affiliates across the country to bring
the program to local communities, and works with a network of more than 60
colleges and universities to increase scholarship and award opportunities.
With the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and the
Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Alliance is a founding partner
of the National Student Poets Program, the country's highest honor for youth
poets creating original works, which selects five students exclusively from
current Scholastic Art & Writing Award national poetry winners. More
information about the Alliance and its programs can be found

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