February 3 2019

MSMS Students Earn Spots in Boston Globe Scholastic Art & Writing Awards


The talented students at Marshall Simonds Middle School have once again proven their talents by being recognized in a national competition.


“Congratulations to the MSMS students who have received individual Gold Keys, Silver Keys and Honorable Mentions at the annual Boston Globe Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition,” Susan Rogers, of MSMS’s Burlington's Extended Academic Model, said in a release.


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, the release explains. Notable winners of these prestigious awards include Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, and Robert Redford.  


Judges look for originality, technical skill, and development of a personal voice and/or vision. 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.   

The following MSMS students earned keys and honorable mentions:



(Photography Club/Camp/Activity Block/Art Class)

  • Zara Ahmed, gr. 8*,  Gold Key, Clean Up! (photography)

  • Navya Garg, gr. 8*, Gold Key, Morning Chores (photography)

  • Michela Giordano, gr. 8*, Gold Key, Nomad (painting)

  • Courtney Magnarelli, gr. 8*, Gold Key, Portrait of Mara (photography)

  • Madison Bairos, gr. 8, Silver Key, Portrait of Jane (photography)

  • Caroline Sciarratta, gr. 8, Silver Key, Window Man (photography)

  • Kathryn Campbell, gr. 8, Honorable Mention, Davis Square Dogs (photography)

  • Navya Garg, gr. 8*, Honorable Mention, Selling Maan Kochu (photography)

  • Courtney Magnarelli, gr. 8*, Honorable Mention, Portrait of an Elder (photography)

*denotes students who created their work as 8th graders but are currently in 9th grade



Grade 7 Awards


Grade 8 Awards


Gold and Silver Key recipients and their teachers are welcome to participate in the Massachusetts Scholastic Art and Writing Awards regional awards celebration, which will be held on March 16, 2019  at the Cohen Auditorium at Aidekman Art Center, Tufts University, 40 Talbot Avenue, Medford, MA 02155


The 2018 Massachusetts Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Gold Key exhibition will be held from March 16-25 at Breed Hall, Tufts University, 51 Winthrop Street, Medford, MA  02155.


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.


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