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March 20, 2017

8 Snohomish County Students Receive National Scholastic Medals

Congratulations to the following eight Snohomish County students who received national recognition for their entries in the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the nation's longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 7-12, received a record-breaking 330,000 works of art and writing for adjudication from regional affiliates, including the Schack Art Center in Everett. Sixteen high school seniors received the program's highest national honor, the Gold Medal Portfolio, which includes a $10,000 scholarship. In total, more than $250,000 in scholarships annually are given to top Awards recipients and their educators. The Alliance also partners with art institutes, colleges, and universities to earmark scholarships for college-bound Scholastic Awards recipients.

"Our wonder and amazement at the creative output of our country's youth -and the dedication of our extraordinary educators-never ceases, and this year is no exception," said Virginia McEnerney, Executive Director of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the nonprofit organization that presents the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. "The young people being recognized today for the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are to be celebrated for their creative and critical thinking, their bravery in telling their own stories on their own terms, and their inventiveness in recording and recreating their worlds. Watch closely, because among this 2,500 are members of the next generation of great American artists and writers."

Click here for a complete list of the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards national recipients.

National Celebration Events (New York City):

  • June 8: National Ceremony at Carnegie Hall: The Gold Portfolio and Gold Medal students across the nation will be honored at Carnegie Hall with appearances by this year's honoree, Ken Burns, award-winning filmmaker and documentarian.
  • June 2-12: Art.Write.Now.2017 National Exhibition: More than 1,000 of the top Scholastic Art & Writing Awards visual and literary works will be on display for the public at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons School of Design at The New School and Pratt Institute's Pratt Manhattan Gallery in New York City. 

National Sponsors:
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are made possible through the generosity of Scholastic Inc., The Maurice R. Robinson Fund, Command Web Offset Co., The New York Times, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, New York Life Foundation, The Herb Block Foundation, Blick Art Materials & Utrecht Art Supplies, Gedenk Movement, Royal Bank of Canada, Golden Artist Colors, Neiman Marcus, Bloomberg Philanthropies, ESA Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Creative Circle, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Amazon Literary Partnerships, and numerous other individual, foundation, and corporate funders; and, for the National Student Poets Program, the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Library of Congress, the Poetry Foundation, and the Academy of American Poets.

For more information about the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, visit Additional details about the Awards can be found in the Scholastic media room.

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