• April 29, 2024

    Program honors nine artists and writers

    Unintended Consequences, by Lauren BabbitNine Upper St. Clair High School students have earned recognition for 24 original pieces in the annual Scholastic Art & Writing Competition. Awards include two Gold Keys, five Silver Keys and 17 Honorable Mentions.

    Two works of art by senior Asha Segall received the program’s highest honor – the Gold Key. Asha’s artwork now advances to the national level competition. National Awards will be announced in June, at artandwriting.org.

    The following artwork and writing entries from Upper St. Clair High School students earned regional recognition:

    Art Competition

    Lauren Babbitt, grade 12

    • Honorable Mention, Painting, “Mutualism vs. Predation”
    • Honorable Mention, Painting, “Unintended Consequences”

    Julia Campagna, grade 10

    • Silver Key, Fashion, “Charged Life”
    • Honorable Mention, Painting, “Playing with Fire”
    • Honorable Mention, Sculpture, “Bunting Dress”

    Marianna Paradise, grade 12

    • Honorable Mention, Drawing & Illustration, “1964”

    Asha Segall, grade 12

    • Gold Key, Design, “The Life of an Influencer”
    • Gold Key, Drawing & Illustration, “Innocence in a Polluted World”
    • Silver Key, Painting, “Exhausted at the Airport with Grandma”
    • Honorable Mention, Drawing & Illustration, “Passing Time”

    Emily Whiteford, Grade 12

    • Silver Key, Drawing & Illustration, “Sleepy Hollow”
    • Silver Key, Drawing & Illustration, “Call Your Mother”
    • Honorable Mention, Drawing & Illustration, “Harlowe”
    • Honorable Mention, Drawing & Illustration, “Stop and Smell the Flowers”
    • Honorable Mention, Drawing & Illustration, “Clocks”
    • Honorable Mention, Portfolio

    Writing Competition

    Natalie Campagna, grade 12

    • Silver Key, Personal Essay, “Sanctuary”

    Frankie Dubreil, Grade 11

    • Honorable Mention, Novel Writing, “[Death is] a Small Price to Pay”
    • Honorable Mention, Flash Fiction, “Take Care of Yourself”
    • Honorable Mention, Short Story, “Fatal Mistake”

    Thakuria Nikhita, grade 11

    • Honorable Mention, Flash Fiction, “Wings”

    Jenny Wang, grade 12

    • Honorable Mention, Flash Fiction, “A Boy Can’t Tell”
    • Honorable Mention, Poetry, “I Hate Her”
    • Honorable Mention, Poetry, “Winter Incoming”

    According to the program’s website, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is “the nation’s longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens.” Open to students in grades 7–12, the program recognizes student achievement in the visual and literary arts in 30 categories, including editorial cartoon, poetry, digital art, fashion, photography, sculpture, short story, poetry and more.

    All works are evaluated through blind adjudication first on a regional level, where works earn Honorable Mention, Silver Key, or Gold Key distinction. Gold Key work advances to the national level. At each level of judging, all works are reviewed based on the same criteria that have represented the program since its founding in 1923: originality, skill, and personal voice or vision.

    The Pittsburgh Region of the Scholastic Writing Awards is administered through the Honors Program at Point Park University. This year's writing awards ceremony was held on Saturday, March 23 at the Pittsburgh Playhouse.

    The Pittsburgh Region of the Scholastic Art Awards is organized by Megan Bonistalli, art teacher at Seneca Valley Senior High School, with support from the Carnegie Mellon University School of Art. An awards ceremony and art exhibit were held on Sunday, Feb. 25 at CMU’s College of Fine Arts’ Great Hall.