Eight AMSA Students receive a 2019 Scholastic Award

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Congratulations to the following Anoka Middle School for the Arts students who received a 2019 Scholastic Award. Nearly 350,000 students from across the country submitted works of art and writing in 29 categories to the Scholastic Awards. Students work is juried by many well known leaders in the visual and literary arts. Jurors look for works that exemplify the Awards’ core values: originality, technical skill, and the emergence of personal voice or vision. (source Scholastic Art & Writing Awards).


• Eleora Chamberlain- 2 Honorable Mention awards

• Andrew Vue- Honorable Mention in ceramic, glass, and glaze

• Sophia Schmidt- Silver Key in ceramic and glaze

• Reese Mulcahy- Gold Key in pen

• Dan Ness- 2 Honorable Mention awards in ceramic, glass, glaze

• Hannah Freeman- Honorable Mention in pencil

• Paige Higgins- Silver Key in color pencil and pen

• Tristan Rothrum- Honorable Mention in pen



Each year, the Alliance partners with more than 100 visual arts and literary arts organizations across the country to bring the Scholastic Awards to local communities. Teens in grades 7–12 (ages 13 and up) apply in 29 categories of art and writing. In 2018, students submitted nearly 350,000 works of art and writing to the Scholastic Awards.

Submissions are juried by luminaries in the visual and literary arts, some of whom are past award recipients. Panelists look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.

Students receiving Gold Keys, Silver Keys, Honorable Mentions, or American Voices & Visions Nominations are celebrated within their communities through local exhibitions and ceremonies. Gold Key works are then judged nationally by an impressive panel of creative–industry experts to receive National Medals, including Gold Medals, Silver Medals, American Voices & Visions Medals, Gold Medal and Silver with Distinction Portfolio Medals, and Special Achievement Awards. National Medalist are recognized in part at the National Ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City.  
(https://www.artandwriting.org/what-we-do/the-awards/)

Regional Awards
Gold Key The very best works submitted to local programs. Gold Key works are automatically considered for national–level recognition.

Silver Key Stand-out works submitted to local programs that demonstrate exceptional ability.

Honorable Mention Accomplished works submitted to local programs showing great skill and potential.