Regional Awards are here!

CONGRATULATIONS to all of our Honorable Mention, Silver Key, and Gold Key winners!!! Your incredible work blew our judges away.

A message from the NYC Scholastic Awards Team!

Dear New York City Scholastic Awards Community,

Thank you for participating in the 2021 NYC Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards! We received over 10,000 submissions this year from young people across the five boroughs of New York City.

Samantha Relles, Bubble, Painting. Grade 11, Riverdale Country School, Bronx, NY. Angela Paris, Educator. Silver Key 2021.

The 2021 NYC Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Adjudications were successfully organized digitally this year. Jurors gathered the first two weeks of January to consider visual and written works from creative teens. Jurors evaluated entries based on three criteria: originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision. Like always, all works were adjudicated blindly, ensuring jurors could not access information identifying the work’s creator.

Our deepest gratitude goes out to the 150+ educators, artists, writers, curators and editors who offered their time to recognize the work and talent of NYC’s creative teens. We also thank our the stellar moderators for arbitrating the art adjudications.

Here’s how to chop onions with a fork

Alexandra Berman, Here’s How to Bury a Body, Flash Fiction. Grade 10, High School of American Studies- Lehman, Bronx, New York. Lisbett Rodriguez, Educator. Gold Key, 2021.


You can access a general list of all the 2021 NYC Honorable Mention, Silver Key and Gold Key winners below or on the NYC Art Region or Writing Region page:

Certificates of Achievements and Congratulatory Letters are available digitally via the student dashboard as of the Regional Notification Day, Thursday, January 28. Please remember to downloaded certificates and letters prior to March 12, 2021. They will not be made available after that date.

Certificates of Achievement will bear students’ names exactly as they are listed in our Online Registration System (ORS). The Scholastic Awards staff will NOT accommodate requests for edits. Student and educator names appear exactly as they were entered into ORS.

Gold Key works automatically advance to the national round of adjudications, where they will have the opportunity to be awarded a Silver or Gold Medal. The list of 2021 National Silver and Gold Medalists will be published on the website on March 17, National Notification Day.

Bao Lu, The New Colossus, Digital Art. Grade 12, Edward Murrow High School, Brooklyn, NY. Carlos Rosado, Educator. Silver Key, 2021.

Frequent this blog to learn more about upcoming virtual celebrations in honor of our 2021 winners.

Remember, if you did not receive an award this year and your are not a senior, we are excited to see your entries next year. We can not wait to see what kinds of works we receive from you in the Fall of 2021.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please send them to with the following information embedded in your email:

  • Clear subject line (ex: “Regional Notification Question”)
  • I am a…student, parent/guardian, educator, etc.
  • If you’ve entered an art or writing work, or both
  • The full name associated with your account
  • The email address/username associated with your account
  • The title or bar code of the work

Due to the high volume of emails we receive at this time, please expect to receive a response within 3 – 5 business days. We will prioritize answering questions not found in the FAQs. If your question is addressed in the FAQ, please expect a delay in our response time or not to receive a response at all.

Melanie Lian, The World We Live In, Drawing & Illustration. Grade 8, Public School 229 Dyker, Brooklyn, NY. Jun Han, Educator. Honorable Mention, 2021.


Youth Insights Program @ The Whitney Museum of Art

Youth Insights Artists is asemester long programs bring teens together with contemporary artists, providing opportunities to work collaboratively, discuss art critically, and think creatively. YI Artists make art inspired by this exchange. Open to: New York City high school students, grades 9–12. The application deadline for Spring 2021 is Friday, January 29 at 11:59 pm.

Queens Council on the Arts Call for Applications

The Queens Council on the Arts is accepting applications from high school sophomores and juniors in the NYC area for their spectacular Visual Arts Portfolio Development Program, High School to Art School. Please follow the link to apply by February 7, for the spring session.

92Y Recanti-Kaplan Merit Scholarship For Excellence in Art, Dance and Music (Ages 7-17)

Are you an artist, musician or dancer that’s passionate? Committed? Gifted?

Offering full, 100% merit-based scholarships, the Recanati-Kaplan Program for Excellence in the Arts opens doors for gifted and talented students in Greater New York City to hone and develop their creative potential as artists and performers. Visit 92Y now!

Apply for the 2021 Opportunity Network Fellows Program (for BIPOC students)

Don’t wait, the second cycle is here! Apply for the Opportunity Network Fellows Program by February 26. Learn more today by visiting their website.

Art & Resistance Through Education Special Invitation

On behalf of ARTE (Art & Resistance Through Education), a local nonprofit that engages young people to amplify their voices and organize for human rights change through the visual arts, we extend a personal invite to NYC youth to join their Creative Resistance.

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