The NH Scholastic Art Awards – by Kim Kien

Ever heard of the Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards? If not, then you’re missing out! This program was created to recognize the creative talents of teens our age. Teenagers can enter for a chance to win scholarships, a chance to have their works displayed or published, and also the chance to be recognized for an outstanding talent! The types of talents they look for are anything in the writing and/or in the art field. There are many programs that you can enter, like the National Students Poets Program, the Art.Write.Now.Tour, the Scholastic Awards Summers Series, the Alliance Summer Arts Program, or any of the other programs they offer.

Did you know that they’ve recognized many well-known people? People like Andy Warhol, Alan Arkin, Cy Twombly and Philip Pearlstein, were recognized for their special talents. There were talented authors that were recognized too, like Joyce Maynard, Jaida Jones, and Joyce Carol Oates. Filmmakers, artists, photographers, actors, and other people in the creative fields were successful because they took on their creativity.

After a person has submitted their artwork, it will then be judged by the “jurors” in a process called “blind adjudication”. It’s called blind because none of the judges know who made the works and none of the judges can be middle or highschool teachers in case they might see a work done by one of their students. The “jurors” are the high-ranking leaders that are in the creative fields. Two famous poets who have judged students’ submissions were Langston Hughes and Robert Frost! There are a few specific core values that are judged by the “jurors”. These are the technical skill, the “start” of personal voice or vision, and its originality.

The Scholastic Arts and Writing Program has brought Awards to the local communities because of its connection with over one hundred other organizations. Other corporations and foundations support the Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards by giving them Sponsored Awards! Students could get a chance to win those awards, if their submission is chosen. Students who are interested in writing poetry, can submit their poem into the National Students Poets Program.They can be eligible for the special honors from that program!

Every year, more students have participated in this program. As the number of student participation increase, the scholarships and opportunities increase as well! This program is recognized for giving away tons of scholarships to students who’ve won in the past. The program is now well-known for recognizing creative teens.This program has been going on for almost a hundred years and last year alone they gave away over $1,000,000 in scholarships and awards!

There are many students here at Memorial High School, who have participated in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards program. The majority of works entered receive no recognition, so make sure you congratulate your classmates for their outstanding achievment in the arts. The following Memorial students won awards at this year’s New Hampshire Scholastic Art and Writing Awards:

Gold Key Winners:

Annessa Borton Photography

Jessica Lazzar Drawing and Illustration

Alina Le Digital Art (2 Gold Keys!!)

Nicholas Murphy Photography

Collin Tessier Photography

Monica Williamson Photography

Silver Key Winners:

Caroline Carrozzini Photography

Alina Le Digital Art (2 Silver Keys!!)

Alyson Murgatroy Photography

Nicholas Murphy Photography

Collin Tessier Photgraphy

Monica Williamson Photography (4 Silver Keys!!!!)

Honorable Mention winners:

Lilly Badeau Photography

Annessa Borton Digital Art

Sean Durocher Digital Art

Madison Elgner-Benway Photography

Luan Hua Drawing and Illustration

Jessica Lazzar Drawing and Illustration

Alyson Murgatroy Photography

Shelby Orifice Photography

Xavier Rios Photography

Alyssa Soucy Photography


Nick Murphy


Collin Tessier


Caroline Carrozzini


Alyson Murgatroy

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