Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards 2017 - Burlington Winners

Congratulations to the following Burlington students who have received individual Gold Keys, Silver Keys and Honorable Mentions at the annual Boston Globe Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have existed since 1923 and the contest affords students across the country the opportunity to be recognized for their talents.  At the regional level, students are selected to receive the Gold Key, the Silver Key, or Honorable Mention.  Additionally, each state nominates five selected Gold Key level awards as American Visions & Voices Nominees to be further judged with the hope of achieving the distinction of “Best of Show”.  

At the national level, regional Gold Key works will advance to be judged for gold or silver medals.  

Congratulations to all the 2017 Burlington High School and Marshall Simonds Middle School award winners!

High School

  • Yasmine Charrak,  Photography, Silver Key for “Crisp Seaport”
  • Angela DeSousa, Photography, Honorable Mention for “Secrecy”
  • Gabrielle Desrochers, Mixed Media, Honorable Mention for a sewn self-portrait
  • Marley Gainley, Drawing & Illustration, Honorable Mention for Gabby
  • Emily Hopkins, Fashion, Honorable Mention for “Medical Mask Dress”
  • Jessica James, Photography, Silver Key for “Three Peppers in a Pod”
  • Owen Magnuson, Digital Art, Honorable Mention for Self Portrait
  • Sarah Owens, Photography, Honorable Mention for “Lost in the Crowd”
  • Josephine Samarjian, Painting, Honorable Mention for 5W2173
  • Katherine Scott, Photography, Honorable Mention for “Ebb and Flow”

Grade 8 (MSMS Summer Photo Camp)

  • Julia Papasodoro (currently gr. 9), Photography, Silver Key for “Brad the Artist”

Grade 7

  • Anika Negi, Ceramics & Glass, Silver Key for Octopus Box

MSMS Photography Club

  • Kylie Tortorici, gr. 7,  Photography, Silver Key for “Lost”
  • Lee Singer, gr. 7,  Photography,  Honorable Mention for “Sea of Cranberries”


High School

  • Sidra K. Afzal, Poetry, Silver Key for “Sticks and Stones”
  • Sidra K. Afzal, Poetry, Honorable Mention for “lol nope.”
  • Laura Frustaci, Flash Fiction, Silver Key for "Red Roses"
  • Benedict Grubner, Journalism, Honorable Mention for “Wrong Turn: How the BHS 1:1 Technology Program Has Failed Us”
  • Benedict Grubner, Poetry, Silver Key for “Who’s Hatin’ Now?”
  • Laura Harder, Humor, Honorable Mention for “Thirteenth Year”

Grade 8

8th Grade BEAM students include the following award recipients:

7th Grade BEAM students include the following award recipients:

Regional awards ceremony: Gold and Silver Key winners and their teachers are welcome to participate in the Massachusetts Scholastic Art and Writing Awards regional awards celebration, which will be held on Saturday, March 11 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

The Gold Key winning pieces will now continue on electronically to New York to compete against all the other Gold Key Winners from the other regions of the country. At the National level, work can win a GOLD MEDAL or a SILVER MEDAL.  National Awards are announced in Mid-March.

About the Competition

From the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards website: (

The History

“…to give those high school students who demonstrate superior talent and achievement in things of the spirit and of the mind at least a fraction of the honors and rewards accorded to their athletic classmates for demonstrating their bodily skills.” –Maurice R. Robinson, Founder
Since 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have recognized the vision, ingenuity, and talent of our nation’s youth, and provided opportunities for creative teens to be celebrated. Each year, increasing numbers of teens participate in the program, and become a part of our community—young artists and writers, filmmakers and photographers, poets and sculptors, video game artists and science fiction writers, along with countless educators who support and encourage the creative process.
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. The Alliance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to identify students with exceptional artistic and literary talent and present their remarkable work to the world through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Through the Awards, students receive opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication, and scholarships. Students across America submitted nearly 320,000 original works during our 2016 program year across 29 different categories of art and writing.
Through the Scholastic Awards, teens in grades 7–12 from public, private, or home schools can apply in 29 categories of art and writing for their chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited and published. Beyond the Awards, the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers produces a number of programs to support creative students and their educators, including the Art.Write.Now.Tour, the National Student Poets Program, the Scholastic Awards Summer Workshops and Scholastic Awards Summer Scholarships programs, the Golden Educators Residency, and much more.
Some of the award-winning art pieces by Burlington students can be found here.

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