Sanford Stands Out in 2018 Scholastic Awards Competition
Since 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have recognized the vision, integrity and talent of America’s youth. Presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the nonprofit’s mission is to identify students who have exceptional artistic and literary talent, share their work, and celebrate them in the same manner as student-athletes.
Students who advance to the highest level, are even offered the opportunity to earn scholarships. This year more than 350,000 original works in 29 different categories were submitted for consideration.
This is an adjudicated contest, with all submissions entered into a blind evaluation process conducted by some of the foremost leaders in the visual and literary arts, and often, past winners are tapped to act as judges. This year, as always, Sanford students in grades seven through twelve earned numerous awards at the regional level, only to learn after the fact that Sanford alumna Alina Caufield '16 was one of the regional level judges. Additionally, Alina was a Supportive Friend sponsor of the Delaware Regional Awards Event, where winners and their families convened at Martin Luther King Student Center on the Delaware State University campus on February 10th.
Graduating seniors can submit a portfolio of eight distinct works that communicate a single, cohesive idea or visual investigation. The works may come from one category or any combination of multiple categories. Earning a Silver Medal for his portfolio Abstract Above You was Seungmuk Oh. An Honorable Mention award was given to Haozhe Dong for his portfolio entitled The Emotion of the Canyon. Both young artists received special recognition in the award ceremony’s program.
Additionally, Alexis Winner’s Gold Key mixed media piece entitled Online 24/7 received a Silver Key at the national level of judging.
Below is a listing of student winners, their category, and the title of their award-winning work. Congratulations to these talented artists and writers and to their teachers for continuing to spark student creativity in their classrooms.