Scholastic Art and Writing Award winners

Twelve ARHS students were recently awarded honorable mentions and Gold and Silver Key awards in the 2018 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

Kasey Bumgardner, Sophie Foulkes, Leija Helling, Amaya Lopez, Patricia Sittauer, Grace Spalding-Fecher, Zoe Tor, Stella Wenczel, Catalina Yang, and Sasha Zeidenberg won awards for art.

Elizabeth Huang, Karina Jha, and Catalina Yang won awards for writing, in the personal essay/memoir, poetry, dramatic script, critical essay, and short story categories.

This year over 90,000 works from students in grades 7-12 were recognized at the regional level by the Scholastic Awards, out of almost 350,000 works submitted.

All students who receive an award are celebrated by local ceremonies and exhibitions.

Winners of Gold Keys are considered for national recognition and the chance to win a National Medal and attend the National Ceremony at Carnegie Hall.

Catalina Yang, a senior, won nine awards in total this year. One painting, which earned her a Silver Key, was a portrait of her mom, who is getting her PhD this summer.

“I wanted to paint a portrait to honor her in a way,” said Yang. “I took my inspiration from Chinese royal emperor paintings, because she is the queen to me.”  

Yang doesn’t enter the competition to win. “Whatever I have by the time the competition rolls around, I just enter into it, it’s just like ‘this is what I have, let’s try it for fun!’”

Karina Jha, a sophomore, won an Honorable Mention for her poem “Absence of Sight.”

Last spring another poem of hers, “Slips and Silk and Green Paper” was featured in Greenfield Community College’s Plum Magazine.

Jha has been writing for fun since the second grade and has filled countless notebooks with her poetry.

Kasey Bumgardner, a junior, won two Silver Keys this year.

Bumgardner drew her inspiration from everyday moments, like her charcoal illustration of herself holding a basketball.

“Basketball is a big part of my life; I play it year-round. Me picking up a basketball is just like a moment in my life that happens very casually and very often,” she said.