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Waterford's Upper School students entered this year's annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Competition and both visual artists and creative writers received an impressive response at the regional level.

Arvind M. ’20 Gold Key Ceramics and American Visions Recipient
Arvind M. ’20 received a Gold Key and the American Visions Award for his ceramics
sculpture called Mounds

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 since 1923. An increasing numbers of teens participate in the program and become a part of this 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.

Waterford's talented students show passion and elevated standards in the work they submitted this year.  Current awards here have been give for our Western region, which includes Alaska, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, Oregon, and Washington. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards—the oldest and most prestigious program of its kind in the country—gives Gold Key, Silver Key and Honorable Mentions.  All Gold Key winners advance to the National competition; those results will be announced in mid-March. Seniors whose portfolios win the top National award receive a $10,000 scholarship. 

One of our students, Arvind M. ’20 won the prestigious American Visions Medal. The American Visions Medals is the highest regional honors given to one artist from each region as a non-financial highest regional honor selected by local judges as American Visions nominees, who are then celebrated in local exhibitions and ceremonies. These Medalists are celebrated during National Events and at the National Exhibition in New York City. Congratulations to Arvind, this is an incredible honor. 

In the Visual Arts, there were 128 regional awards received by Waterford students:

Tony W. ’23, Self Portrait, Gold Key
Tony W. ’23 received a Gold Key for his drawing, Self Portrait

Architecture & Industrial Design:
Honorable Mention: 1  

Art Portfolio: 
Gold Key: 1, Silver Key: 1, Honorable Mention: 4

Ceramics & Glass:
Gold Key: 1, Silver Key: 2, Honorable Mention: 2  

Digital Art: 
Honorable Mention: 2

Drawing & Illustration: 
Gold Key: 2, Silver Key: 1, Honorable Mention: 3

Mixed Media: 
Silver Key: 1

Gold Key: 2, Silver Key: 3, Honorable Mention: 3

Gold Key: 19, Silver Key: 23, Honorable Mention: 57

Ceramics & Glass: 
American Visions: 1, Gold Key: 1, Silver Key: 2, Honorable Mention: 2

In creative writing, there were 15 awards received by Waterford Students: 2 Gold Key awards, 5 Silver Key Awards, and 8 Honorable Mentions. Waterford students earn this recognition for their critical essays, poetry, personal essays, and fiction pieces that are submitted. 

Congratulations to the incredible hard work put in by Waterford students. 

Please click here to see a gallery of the Gold Key winners.

Samantha C. ’20, Compassion, Gold Key
Samantha C. ’20 received a Gold Key for her Portfolio titled Compassion
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Samantha C. ’20, Compassion, Gold Key
Samantha C. ’20 received a Gold Key for her Portfolio titled Compassion
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