Dear NYC Scholastic Awards Community,
It’s been a long time since the last post. Consider this a March-April-May wrap-up.
Firstly, let’s give it up to the incredible teens who received National Medals in the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards! New York City claimed 69 National Medals for art submissions and another 88 National Medals for writing submissions. Impressive! Gold Medalists will be celebrated at stellar award ceremony at Carnegie Hall on June 6. The talented students listed below are the recipients of National Silver and/or Gold Medals. Congratulations on your success!
The recipients of regional Silver and Gold Keys were celebrated at The New School on Sunday, March 24. The day began with assistance from Scholastic Inc.’s Event team. Thank you to Yanique Hart, Clariza Mione and Emily Prafder for arriving early to set-up for the special day.
You may have observed some changes at this year’s ceremonies. Instead of requiring students to arrive early to pick-up their certificates and pins, certificates were posted here on the NYC blog and students receive their pins on the stage. Be sure to download your certificate by September 1. They will not be available after that date.
The award ceremony for students who received regional Silver and/or Gold Keys for their art submissions began at 11:30 am. Attendees were greeted by Robert Kirkbride, Dean of Constructed Environments at Parsons School of Design and Virginia McEnerney, the former Executive Director of the Scholastic Awards. The keynote speaker was a Scholastic Awards Alum and member of Parsons’ faculty, Heide Fasnacht. Heide was also a National Art Juror. The ceremony was followed by a reception where students and their guests mingled over coffee, hot chocolate, fruit and tortilla chips with guacamole. Click HERE to view photos.
The award ceremony for students who received a regional Silver and/or Gold Key for their writing submissions began at 1:30 pm. Attendees were greeted by Keisha Davenport-Ramirez, Senior Director of Academic Advising and Career Development at the Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts and Virginia McEnerney, the former Executive Director of the Scholastic Awards. The ceremony’s keynote speaker was Oliver Colbert who delighted the auditorium with the performance of one of his poems. Oliver has a new book out, out Dope & Dangerous: A Bunch of Poems About Being Black. Check it out! Click HERE to view photos from the award ceremony and reception.
Thank you to the entire team at The New School for coordinating all of the behind the scenes logistics involved with producing two award ceremonies in one day. A special thanks goes to Alexandra Bennett, Anthony Curry and Odellia Lucius who assisted with the procurement of jurors, keynote speakers, room reservations, etc. The Scholastic Awards deeply values their partnership with The New School. Be sure to take a look at their pre-college programs.
Two days earlier, on Friday, March 22, the recipients of Gold Keys were celebrated at the Met. Welcome Remarks kicked off with Sandra Jackson-Dumont, Frederick P. and Sandra P. Rose Chairman of Education at The Met. Sandra was followed by Joel Towers, Executive Dean at Parsons School of Design and Virginia McEnerney, former Executive Director at the Scholastic Awards. The remarks were followed by readings presented by Gold and Silver Key recipients. Students and their guests spent their time admiring the exhibited artwork and writings. They also had fun designing their very own tote bags and buttons using images from The Met’s collection and Scholastic Awards Alums. The exhibition runs from March 22 through May 27, 2019. Thank you to the incredible team at The Met for the lovely evening. Click HERE to view photos from the evening.
Last month, CUNY TV interviewed two Gold Key recipients for its program, Arts in the City. Alondra Uribe received three Gold Keys for Poetry submissions. She also received two National Gold Medals. Additionally, Alondra shared one of her poems at the NYC Writing Award Ceremony and is a semi-finalist for the 2019 National Student Poets Program. Christian Restrepo received three Gold Keys for Photography submissions. He also received a National Silver Medal. Both spent the morning of Tuesday, April 23 sharing their Gold Key awarded work on exhibition and discussing their artistic practices. The segment is scheduled to air this summer.
And last but not least, Barb Edwards joined the Scholastic Awards team this month as the NYC Manager. Barb will promote awareness about the Scholastic Awards amongst school administrators and educators at schools that aren’t already participating in the program. She will also take over this blog which means you will all hear from Barb very soon!
June 14-15: NYC Artwork Pick-up
September 12: The 2020 Scholastic Awards open for submissions
December 3: Deadline for all NYC submissions