APS News Release

APS Students Earn 20 National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

APS Students Earn 20 National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers announced that 19 APS students have received recognition in the National Scholastics Art and Writing Competition. This year, over 320,000 works were submitted to the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers and only 2,200 pieces were awarded nationally. Regional competitions award Gold and Silver Keys as well as Honorable Mentions. Gold Keys are sent on to the national level for competition. This year’s Arlington Public Schools national award recipients are: Art Awards – Gold Medalist

  • H-B Woodlawn freshman Cole Goco: Mason and Emmy Kill a Monster (Comic Art)
  • Wakefield High School senior Eyerusalem Meaza: The Long Wait (Photography)
  • Yorktown High School senior Emily Villatoro: Para mi PapaMoncho (Ceramics & Glass)

Writing Awards – Gold Medalist

  • Yorktown High School junior Elizabeth Woolford: “ravenous grace” (Poetry)

Art Awards – Silver Medalist

  • Yorktown High School junior Amanda Burton: let’s read somewhere new (Photography)
  • Yorktown High School junior Olivia Cox: Sea Anemone (Ceramics & Glass)
  • Kenmore Middle School 8th grader Megan Jones: World of Color (Photography)
  • Wakefield High School junior Jake Karton: Touchdown (Drawing and Illustration)
  • Wakefield High School junior Karolina Lajch: Mask (Photography)
  • Washington-Lee High School sophomore Emma Lehman: Untitled (Photography)
  • Wakefield High School senior Francesca Salas: How Do You Define Rich And Famous? (Design)
  • H-B Woodlawn sophomore Franci Swisher-Gomez: Embrace (Photography)
  • Yorktown High School senior Laurel Vaccaro: Date Night (Drawing and Illustration)
  • Yorktown High School senior Emily Villatoro: Mom (Painting)
  • Wakefield High School sophomore Madelyn Wood: No Dreams Tonight (Photography)
  • Yorktown High School junior Isabel Zavada: Coral Decay (Ceramics & Glass)

Writing Awards – Silver Medalist

  • Gunston Middle School 8th grader Malina Nelson: “The Letters” (Short Story)
  • Gunston Middle School 8th grader Samantha Whichard: “Dear Alexander” (Short Story)

Writing Awards – Honorable Mention

  • Washington-Lee High school junior Alice Bell: “Year in Review” (Personal Essay/Memoir)

Art Awards – American Visions Medal

  • H-B Woodlawn sophomore Lucia Ferlauto: The Thinker (Photography)

To view artwork, visit our online gallery. The Regional Scholastic Art Award Exhibit is currently on display at Central Library through Wed, March 30. The program, currently in its 93rd year, is a national program recognizing outstanding creativity in teens and offers scholarship opportunities for graduating high school seniors. Teens in grades 7-12 can apply in 29 categories of art and writing for the chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited or published. The national non-profit organization that presents the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards will honor students on Thursday, June 2nd, at a gala celebration at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Selected award recipients and high school seniors recognized with top honors will have their art exhibited at Parsons The New School for Design in New York. Selections from The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are published in the National Catalog Best Teen Writing and Spark (anthology of work by middle school students), which are distributed free of charge to schools and libraries nationwide. For more information, contact the Arts Education Office at 703-228-6299 (Art Awards) or the English Language Arts Office at 703-228-8045 (Writing Awards).