Rising sophomore Flora Smith and Ms. Player jumped started their summer with a trip to NYC, where Flora was honored as a gold medalist in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Congrats, Flora! Ms. Player also took her on a tour of the Janklow & Nesbit literary agency who represents Ms. Player. The tour included a visit to their terrace with the Empire State building in the background.
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 7–12. Within the Awards’ 29 categories, which include poetry, photography, sculpture, humor, editorial cartoons, and video game design, a record-breaking 330,000 works of art and writing were submitted in 2017 for adjudication at the regional level this year. On June 8, the Gold Portfolio, Gold Medal, and Silver Medal with Distinction students across the nation were honored at Carnegie Hall with appearances by notable celebrities and creative leaders. From June 2 through 12, Art.Write.Now. – the 2017 National Exhibition – displayed more than 1,000 of the top Scholastic Art & Writing Awards visual and literary works at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons School of Design at The New School and Pratt Institute’s Pratt Manhattan Gallery in New York City.