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 2021 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, drawing, digital design, poetry, critical essay, dramatic script, and personal essay.
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 pandemic didn’t keep students from expressing themselves creatively in the visual arts. Creative teens in our region submitted artwork created over this past year, and were recognized with 586 Awards in the 2021 Regional Scholastic Art Awards program. The Fairfax County Art Region of the Scholastic Art Awards includes all students in public, private, parochial, and home schools in Fairfax County, the City of Fairfax, and the City of Alexandria. A distinguished panel of judges reviewed 2500 submissions to award Gold Keys, Silver Keys, and Honorable Mention Awards in a variety of categories including drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, ceramics, sculpture, digital art, design, architecture, fashion, film and animation, mixed media, and art portfolios.
The Gold Key and Silver Key artworks will be included in an online exhibition that will launch on March 3 in conjunction with a virtual award ceremony. Updates with ceremony details will be posted to the affiliate website
for the Fairfax County Art Region.
Gold Key award-winning works will be judged at the national level against other gold key work from regions across the country. National awards include Gold and Silver medals as well as monetary awards and scholarships. National awards will be announced in April.
2021 SSSAS Art Award Recipients:
Gold Key - Olivia Harrison ‘22: A New Dawn
Gold Key - Alex Galdamez ‘22: Uprooted
Honorable Mention - Nyrique’ Butler ‘22: Chicago Tourism Campaign
Honorable Mention - Sydney Worsham ‘24 Michael’s Athena2021 SSSAS Writing Award Recipients:
Silver Key - Juliana Chiaromonte ‘22: The Pitfalls of the Electoral College: A Vote is a Vote is a Vote
Silver Key - Lily Hunsicker ‘23: Forgotten Lives On
Silver Key - Adrienne Lai ‘21: The Test
Silver Key - Mimi Shea ‘22: i am all of the old characters and also the frog
Honorable Mention - Amy Gastright ‘21: Go and Be Foolish for a While
Honorable Mention - Sofia Montgomery ‘21: Paella on a Sunday
Honorable Mention - Oliver Nichols ‘23: U.N. Moses
Honorable Mention - Oliver Nichols ‘23: A Tale of Two Immigrant Experiences