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Saints Win Regional Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

Upper School artists and writers were recognized by the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards!

Congratulations to our Upper School students who received awards in the 2020 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, in association with the nonprofit organization Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. In regional competitions, Saints were recognized in three categories: Gold Key, Silver Key, and Honorable Mention, for their photography, painting, drawings, ceramic creations, digital design, and writing. The awards date back to 1923, and past winners include Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, and Robert Redford. The regional program was open to all creative teens in grades 7-12 from public, private, parochial, and home schools in the Fairfax County, Fairfax City, and Alexandria City area. The Gold Key and Silver Key artworks will be displayed at Northern Virginia Community College’s Ernst Community Cultural Center in Annandale from February 6 to March 15.
You can view some of their award-winning artwork in the photo album on this page!
Art Award Recipients:
Gold Key: 
*Caroline Grace Butler ‘21, Photography, “Salam”
*Andrew Knops ‘20, Photography, “Up High”
Silver Key:
Andrew Knops ‘20, Jewelry, “Butterfly Necklace”

Honorable Mention:
Xander Chiaramonte ‘20, Film, “Shortstop”
Noelia Vargas ‘20, Digital Art, “Beacon Of Light”

Writing Award Recipients:
Silver Key: 
Jackson de Vallance ‘21, “A Purpose for Pain” Personal Essay and Memoir
Adrienne Lai ‘21, “Bushy Aster” Poetry

Honorable Mention: 
Oliver Nichols ‘23 “Tacking” Flash Fiction
*Gold Key recipients who are moving on to the national awards.
Upper School Visual Arts Teacher Katherine Elkins is proud of her students and shared, “It has always been the school’s objective to nurture creativity and reward hard work. Recognition through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards provides students with an outside source of validation that goes beyond our community. The opportunity to participate in an open competition with their regional peers serves to strengthen our students’ art forms, achievements, and creative emphases.”
Way to go Saints!

Learn more about our visual arts program at SSSAS.
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