Since 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have recognized the talent of our nation’s youth.


“Line Up” by José Gutiérrez from Davis HS. The digital artwork received an American Vision Award.


Aldine ISD students claimed 48 awards at the [icons icon_name=”icon-external-link” icon_size=”14px”]2015 Scholastic Art & Writing competition held in January. [icons icon_name=”icon-external-link” icon_size=”14px”]Harris County Department of Education organizes the annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards event for the region.

A total of 1,346 students earned Gold Key, Silver Key and Honorable Mention Awards, along with American Visions (art) and American Voices (writing) nominations from Scholastic Art & Writing. Students from school districts, private schools, charter schools and home schools from throughout the region competed.

Davis High School student José Gutiérrez received an American Vision Award nomination, which is considered the “Best of Show” by the judging panel. Only five pieces from the entire region are selected for this prestigious honor. In addition, 5 students received Golden Key awards, 19 received Silver Key awards and 23 received Honorable Mentions.


“Simplicity” by Cecilia Arce

Dr. Michaelann Kelley is proud of the students and the art programs in schools across the district. Kelley serves as the program director of fine arts in AISD.

We are proud of our student artists and of the pieces they all created,” Kelley said. “The Scholastic Art Awards represent a high point of artistic achievement for a visual artist. The amazing display of creativity is a testament to our wonderful art teachers and our talented students.”


“The Dance” by Juanita Flores

Students’ submissions are blindly judged by leaders in the visual and literary arts. Jurors look for works that exemplify originality and technical skill. They also look for the emergence of personal voice or vision.

Gold and Silver Key Awards regional ceremonies will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 24 (art) and Feb. 25 (writing) at the Harris County Department of Education, 6300 Irvington. A Gold Key artists and writers reception is scheduled at the Glassell Junior School (1001 Bissonnet) on Feb. 20 from 5:30-8 p.m.

Gold Key winners will advance to the national competition in New York. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards will announce the national winners in March. Last year, students across America submitted 255,000 original works.

Alumni of the Awards include Zac Posen, Andy Warhol, Cy Twombly, Stephen King, Truman Capote, Lena Durham, and Joyce Carol Oates. Other well-known folks include Ken Burns and Richard Linklater.

Scholastic Art & Writing Award Recipients

American Vision Award


“Blossom” by Lizbette Tello

Campus: Davis HS
Student: José Gutiérrez (digital art)
Teacher: Marilyn Venne

Gold Key Awards

Campus: Davis HS
Student: José Gutiérrez (digital art)
Teacher: Marilyn Venne

Campus: MacArthur HS


“Self-Portrait 2” by Eduardo de la Torre

Student: Cecilia Arce (photography)
Student: Juanita Flores (sculpture)
Student: Lizbette Tello (photography)
Teacher: Amber Quiroz

Campus: Victory Early College HS
Student: Selena Cruz (fashion)
Teacher: Larissa Schwartz

Silver Key Awards

Campus: Aldine HS
Student: Eduardo de la Torre (drawing & illustration)
Teacher: Wylie Hachey
Student: Elizabeth Robles (photography)
Teacher: Karen Cruise

Campus: Carver HS
Student: La’Jasha Champion (drawing & illustration)


“Split” by La’Jasha Champion

Student: Cynthia Coronado (printmaking)
Student: Lauren Jones (painting)
Student: Karen Pérez (printmaking)
Teacher: Laura Luna
Student: Jennifer Ramírez (ceramics & glass)
Teacher: Zachery Walters

Campus: Davis HS
Student: Erick Baldillo (photography)
Student: Jenny Huang (photography)
Teacher: Debora Conn

Campus: MacArthur HS
Student: Mariela Díaz (photography)
Student: Jovan Mendiola (photography)
Teacher: Amber Quiroz
Student: Jackie López (sculpture)
Teacher: Charlee Rogers

Campus: Nimitz HS
Student: Crystal Jones (drawing & illustration)
Student: Gustavo Leal (3-D forks)


“Deceitful” by Karen Pérez

Student: Linda López (drawing & illustration)
Teacher: Leslie Rowney

Campus: Nimitz Ninth Grade School
Student: Luis Candelaria (drawing & illustration)
Teacher: Colleen Guise

Campus: Teague Middle School
Student: Vanessa Díaz (drawing & illustration)
Teacher: Birgit Langhammer

Campus: Victory Early College HS
Student: Selena Cruz (art portfolio)
Student: Miguel Parra (fashion)
Teacher: Larissa Schwartz

Honorable Mention Awards

Campus: Aldine HS
Student: Rosio Barriga (drawing & illustration)
Teacher: Wylie Hachey


“Ghost Bird” by Jennifer Ramírez

Campus: Carver HS
Student: Jennifer Flores (photography)
Student: Jairo Ocampo (photography)
Teacher: Kirkpatrick
Student: José García (drawing & illustration)
Student: José García (art portfolio)
Student: Vanessa García (printmaking)
Student: Danielle Guerra (printmaking)
Student: Sheldon Jacko (painting)
Student: Kaci Johnson (painting)
Student: Lauren Jones (art portfolio)
Student: Yazmin Rodíguez (printmaking)
Teacher: Laura Luna

Campus: Davis HS
Student: Valerie Nguyen (drawing & illustration)
Teacher: Debora Conn
Student: Valerie Nguyen (writing)
Teacher: Venne


“Nature’s Best” by Erick Baldillo

Campus: Drew Academy
Student: Tyrese McCoy (drawing & illustration)
Student: Ashley Reynoso (drawing & illustration)
Teacher: Allison Hamacher

Campus: Eisenhower HS
Student: Rosa Herrera (art portfolio)
Teacher: Kaileigh Rosplohowski

Campus: Grantham Academy
Student: Grecia Iruegas (mixed media)
Teacher: Medina


“Steps to Society” by Jenny Huang

Campus: MacArthur HS
Student: Jovan Mendiola (photography)
Teacher: Amber Quiroz

Campus: Nimitz HS
Student: Jordan Edwards (painting)
Student: Linda López (photography)
Student: Shannon Nixon (drawing & illustration)
Teacher: Leslie Rowney

Campus: Victory Early College HS
Student: Bernardo Montero (photography)
Student: Miguel Parra (art porfolio)
Teacher: Larissa Schwartz



“Mangles Mango” by Cynthia Coronado


“Fish I” by Jackie López



“Cupcake” by Crystal Jones


“Colors” by Luis Candelaria



“Lock and Key” by Linda López



“My Nature Spirit” by Vanessa Díaz


“The Tears Will Stain, But It’s OK” by Lauren Jones



“Escape” by Jovan Mendiola



“There Is No Beginning or End” by Selena Cruz


“Blue Dawn” by Mariela Díaz



“3-D Forks” by Gustavo Leal



“False Impression” by Elizabeth Robles


“María” by Miguel Parra



“Pintada de rojo” by Selena Cruz