Upper School students place high in Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

L-R: Max Wheelehan ’20, Jolie Caya ’20, Maurice Leon ’21, Jenna Willard ’20. Not pictured: Cameron Acklin ’21.

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards are the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious scholarship and recognition initiative for creative teens across the country in grades 7-12 with 29 different categories to submit work into.

The awards have fostered creativity and talent since 1923 for millions of students and feature a notable list of alumni recipients including Richard Avedon, Truman Capote, Stephen King, Sylvia Plath, Robert Redford, and Andy Warhol, and more recently, Richard Linklater and Zac Posen.

All works are evaluated through blind adjudication first on a regional level by more than 100 local affiliates of the Alliance and then nationally by an impressive panel of creative industry experts. 

Please join the Upper School English and Art Department in congratulating the following students on their outstanding achievement in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. 

Jenna Willard ‘20 – Gold Award for Poetry “Her Talk”; “Guardian” 

Willard’s poems will continue on to compete nationally!

Maurice Leon ‘21– Silver Award for Poetry “The Divine Right to Teenage Suffering”

Jolie Caya ‘20 – Honorable Mention for Poetry “Oh, How the Seasons Mock Me”, “Defeat”; “The Ocean Breeze”; “Our Stars”; “A Truly Unique Feeling”

Max Wheelehan ‘20 – Honorable Mention for Short Story “Escape” 

Cameron Acklin ’21 – Honorable Mention for Photograph