January 27 2020

Work by MSMS Students Place in Scholastic Art & Writing Awards 2020


A number of talented Burlington middle schoolers have won recognition in a historic and respected educational competition. 


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


Rogers explained that 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. 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. National Medalists selected by these panelists will be announced on Monday, March 16. 


“Congratulations to all!” Rogers said. 


Here are the MSMS students who placed: 


Photography Marshall Simonds Middle School Summer Enrichment Program: 


- Madison Bairos, gr. 9, Silver Key, Waiting 



- Caroline Sciarratta, gr. 9, Silver Key, Brewing Reflections 



Writing Grade 8 Awards: 


- Julia Griffin, Poetry, Gold Key, Maybe, Maybe, Maybe. Check it out…  


-Matthew Shannon, Poetry, Gold Key, The Fragility of Life; Heaven. Check it out… 


Grade 7 Awards 

- Celeste Nguyen, Short Story, Honorable Mention, Clarity. Check it out... 


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 Saturday, March 14, 2020 at Cohen Auditorium, at Aidekman Art Center, Tufts University, 40 Talbot Avenue, Medford. 


The 2020 Massachusetts Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Gold Key exhibition will be held at Breed Memorial Hall, Tufts University, from March 14 through March 22. 


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 or Silver Medal. 


“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,” the organization’s website states. “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.


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