A Fort Couch Middle School student earned a Silver Medal in the national 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Eighth grader Jaron Maine’s print titled, “Jellyfish,” was recognized among the top one percent of all submissions.
“Since 1923, the Awards have recognized creative teenagers from across the country,” Virginia McEnerney, executive director of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, said. “By receiving a Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Silver Medal, Jaron joins a legacy of celebrated authors and artists including Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford, Lena Dunham, and the renowned artist who will receive our Alumni Achievement Award this year, Paul Chan.”
The 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards garnered more than 330,000 works of art and writing submissions by students in grades 7–12. Jaron advanced to the national art competition by earning a Gold Key Award at the regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.
Submissions are blindly adjudicated by leaders in the visual and literary arts. Jurors look for works that exemplify the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards’ core values: originality, technical skill, and the emergence of personal voice or vision.
Upper St. Clair ninth grader Vivian Li also earned a Gold Key Award for her piece titled, “Nocturne,” and several other Upper St. Clair student artists earned Silver Key Awards and Honorable Mentions in the regional competition.