RACINE COUNTY — Several Racine County students were honored earlier this month with Scholastic Art and Writing Awards from the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.
The alliance, a non-profit, is the country’s longest running scholarship and recognition program for creative students in grades seven through 12. This is the 95th year for the awards, nationally.
The awards program was implemented locally seven years ago.
The award winners from Case High School, 7345 Washington Ave., Mount Pleasant, are: Ulysses Angel, who won a Silver Key for novel writing; Makensie Grube, who won a Silver Key for science fiction/fantasy writing; and Kat Schotz who won two Silver Keys and three Honorable Mentions all for poetry. The Case students were advised by teachers Emily Grow and Sarah Roth.
Award winners from The Prairie School, 4050 Lighthouse Drive. Wind Point, are: Sundus Elchekha, who won a Silver Key for short story writing; Wyatt Knowell, who won Silver Keys for dramatic script and short story writing and Abigail Wagner who won a Silver Key for short story writing. The Prairie students were advised by teacher Jennifer Cobb.
Award winners from Wheatland Center Elementary School in rural Burlington are: Austin Butterfield, who received an Honorable Mention for short story writing; Carly Lois, who won a Silver Key for short story writing; Ethan Mahaffee, who received an Honorable Mention for short story writing; Marie Nickolette, who received an Honorable Mention for humor writing; James Tsakonas, who received a Silver award for flash fiction; Petyon Williamson, who won a Silver award for short story writing and Valerie Zuehls, who won a Silver award for short story writing. The Wheatland students were advised by teacher Rachel Hartley.
The local award winners were honored during an April 14 ceremony at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in Somers.
The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers is a nonprofit organization with the mission to identify students with exceptional artistic and literary talent and present their work to the world through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, according to the alliance’s website.
Through the scholastic awards, teens in grades seven through 12 from public, private, or home schools can apply in 29 categories of art and writing for a chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited and published.
This program year, more than 330,000 works of art and writing were submitted to 118 alliance affiliate regions across the country.
Each year, 15 seniors receive $10,000 awards through the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for their art and writing portfolios. Senior silver medal with distinction award winners get $1,000, and their teachers receive $250.
Since the program was founded in 1923, the awards have fostered the creativity and talent of millions of students, including renowned alumni who have gone on to become leaders in their fields, including Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Sylvia Plath, and more recently, Stephen King, Zac Posen and Lena Dunham, all who received Scholastic Art & Writing Awards as teens.
Those interested in taking part in next year’s contest can visit artandwriting.org and click on the “How to enter” section. The organization will begin accepting submissions in September.