George School Shines in Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

Ben Yu ’20 won a Gold Key for Nature in the City, AP Studio Art Advanced.

George School students took home thirty-seven Scholastic Art and Writing prizes in the 2019 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, including eight Gold Keys.

“I am tickled pink, over the moon, and blushing with pride that George School students earned fifteen writing awards,” said Colette Weber, head of the English department.

Submissions are juried by luminaries in the visual and literary arts, some of whom are past award recipients. Panelists look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision. Gold Key works are automatically considered for national recognition and are judged by an impressive panel of creative industry experts to receive National Medals.

“Our students work tirelessly in their respective studios to refine techniques and skills, while developing critical thinking and searching for their own voices,” said Danielle Picard-Sheehan, head of the Arts Department. “Each student recognized should be very proud of their achievements.”

Since 1923, the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards have recognized the vision, ingenuity, creativity, skill, and talent of our nation’s young people. These awards continue to celebrate, showcase, and inspire young artists.

In writing, Jiayi Luo ’20 received two Gold Keys for Passion, a poetry piece and Mirrored, a short story. Jalsa Drinkard ’20, Heather Thaler ’20, and Maksim Shi ’20 each received a Gold Key. In the arts competition, Claire Schmucker ’20 received two Gold Keys, while Eric Yu ’19, Ben Yu ’20, and Jasmine Zhang ’22 were each awarded one Gold Key.

See the complete list of winners.

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