Since 1923, the Awards have recognized the vision and talent of our nation’s youth.

Jocelyn Macías from MacArthur High School received a Gold Key for her artwork “Dust.”

[dropcap color=”#888″ type=”square”]R[/dropcap]ecipients of the Regional [icons icon_name=”icon-external-link” icon_size=”14px”]Scholastic Art & Writing Awards hail from across the area. They represent 18 school districts, 16 private schools, two charters and a home school.


Gold Key — Davis HS, José Cortés for “Agua”

The [icons icon_name=”icon-external-link” icon_size=”14px”]Harris County Department of Education sponsored the regional contest. Area students submitted a total of 8,177 entries. Aldine ISD had 48 students receive 50 Awards. Students can compete in 29 art and writing categories.

By the Numbers

[ul class=”list list-search”] [li]Writing — 2,100 works (including 33 portfolios)[ul class=”list list-arrow_blue”] [li]124 Gold Key, 172 Silver Key and 302 Honorable Mentions[/li][/ul][/li][/ul]

[ul class=”list list-search”] [li]Art — 6,077 art pieces (including 324 portfolios)[ul class=”list list-arrow_blue”] [li]252 Gold Key, 352 Silver Key and 506 Honorable Mentions[/li][/ul][/li][/ul]

According to Andrea Segraves, there was a 40 percent increase in entries this year. Segraves is the special events coordinator at HCDE. She coordinated the regional Awards competition.

This is a great opportunity for our young writers and artists,” said Segraves. “I thank all the community professionals who volunteered to judge the event. Everyone thanks the corporations and nonprofits for their support. It is wonderful to see how they value the talent of teens in our area.


Gold Key — Carver HS, Cynthia Coronado for “Omni-erudite

The community will have a chance to celebrate the students’ achievements. HCDE invites the community to upcoming events celebrating nearly 900 regional Scholastic Art and Writing Gold and Silver Key Award recipients.

An awards ceremony for all Gold and Silver Key recipients will be held March 5 in the conference center at HCDE (6300 Irvington Blvd.). The writing ceremony will start at 10 a.m. and the art ceremony will take place at 2 p.m.

Gold Key artwork will be on exhibit at three locations:

[ul class=”list list-search”] [li][icons icon_name=”icon-external-link” icon_size=”14px”]Museum of Fine Arts Houston (1001 Bissonnet) — Feb. 15 through Mar. 7[/li] [li] [icons icon_name=”icon-external-link” icon_size=”14px”]Archway Gallery (2305 Dunlavy) — Feb. 19 through Mar. 8 [/li][/ul]

[ul class=”list list-search”] [li]HCDE (6300 Irvington Blvd) — Mar. 5 for the ceremony[/li][/ul]

(Due to limited space, Gold Key art will be selected for displays at each facility)

All Silver Key artworks will be on exhibit at one location:

scholastic-art-and-writing-awards[ul class=”list list-search”] [li]Texas Art Supply (2001 Montrose) — Feb. 15 through Mar. 7[/li][/ul]

Through the Awards, student recipients receive opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication and scholarships. Last year, students across America submitted 300,000 original works.

Gold Key Awards will advance to the national level. The students will attend ceremonies at Carnegie Hall in New York City in June. Students also have a chance to win scholarships.

Dr. Michaelann Kelley is proud of the students and art programs in schools across the district. She also lauds the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards program. Kelley is the program director of fine arts in the school district.

[icons icon_name=”icon-external-link” icon_size=”14px”]Aldine art students have done well in this program for years,” said Kelley. “This year is no exception. We have some incredibly talented students producing amazing artworks.


Gold Key — MacArthur HS, Katerina Vásquez for “Kat”

I also have to laud the art educators. They are developing great, creative programs at their campuses. The Awards program represents a high point of artistic achievement for students. I hope the experience inspires them to continue to develop and hone their talents and skills.

Kelley added that art educators incorporate writing in the classroom. It is part of the program’s cross-curricular teaching practices. The integration of writing strengthens students’ literacy skills and fosters creative thinking. Two art educators had a total of four students earn Honorable mentions for their writing.

We are so proud of the students‘ creative writing talent,” said Kelley. “This is an incredible accomplishment. And a great demonstration of how [icons icon_name=”icon-external-link” icon_size=”14px”]cross-curricular teaching is effective. By integrating literacy strategies, we are developing a curriculum that fosters and engages students in creative thinking, literacy, and the visual arts.


Teague Middle School — Liliana Durán (third from left) earned Honorable Mention in art. Niya Daye and Robin Flores (l-r) along with Jasmine Vital (far right) received Honorable Mentions in writing.


Awards alumni use their creativity to become successful in any number of ways. Alumni are leaders in many fields including journalism, medicine and finance. They also work in government and public service, the law, science and design.


Gold Key — Plummer MS, Lionel Green for “The Stare”

Kelley also acknowledged the Board of Trustees for supporting art educators in developing curriculum that enhances learning and opportunities for students to showcase their talent.

Since its founding, the [icons icon_name=”icon-external-link” icon_size=”14px”]Awards have established an amazing track record. Alumni include artists Andy Warhol, Philip Pearlstein, Cy Twombly, Robert Indiana, Kay WalkingStick and John Baldessari; writers Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Bernard Malamud, Myla Goldberg and Joyce Carol Oates; photographer Richard Avedon; actors Frances Farmer, Robert Redford, Alan Arkin, Lena Dunham and John Lithgow; fashion designer Zac Posen; and filmmakers Stan Brakhage, Ken Burns and Richard Linklater.

Beyond the Awards, the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers produces a number of programs to support creative students and their educators, including theArt.Write.Now.Tour, the National Student Poets Program, the Scholastic Awards Summer Series, theAlliance Summer Arts Program, the Golden Educators Residency and much more.

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Recipients

Gold Key Awards


Silver Key — Aldine HS, Erik Mata for “Very Esstute of You”

Davis HS
Student: José Cortes
Work: Agua (drawing & illustration)
Teacher: Marilyn Venne

Carver HS
Student: Cynthia Coronado (painting)
Work: Omni-erudite
Teacher: Laura Luna

MacArthur HS
Student: Jocelyn Macias
Work: Dust (digital art)
Teacher: Amber Quiroz


Silver Key — Aldine HS, Ivonne López for “Intensity”

Student: Katerina Vásquez
Work: Kat (drawing & illustration)
Teacher: Vino Underwood

Plummer MS
Student: Lionel Green
Work: The Stare (mixed media)
Teacher: Tiffany Moroney

Silver Key Awards

Aldine HS
Student: Erik Mata
Work: Very Esstute of You (drawing & illustration)
Teacher: Michelle Dalke

Student: Ivonne López
Work: Intensity (photography)
Teacher: Karen Cruise


Silver Key — Aldine HS, Matty Medellín for “Victimized”

Student: Matty Medellín
Work: Victimized (photography)
Teacher: Karen Cruise

Carver HS
Student: Biankah Cortéz (2)
Work: Into the Woods (sculpture)
Work: La Bota (sculpture)
Teacher: Zach Walters

Student: Emily Hodge
Work: Catch ‘o’ the Day (ceramics & glass)
Teacher: Zach Walters

Student: Dulce García
Work: The City (printmaking)
Teacher: Laura Luna


Silver Key — Carver HS, Biankah Cortez for “Into the Woods”

MacArthur HS
Student: Ruby Alaniz
Work: Untitled (photography)
Teacher: Amber Quiroz

Student: Evelyn Martínez
Work: The Carnival (photography)
Teacher: Amber Quiroz

Student: Miguel Martínez
Work: Homme Seul (photography)
Teacher: Amber Quiroz

Student: Lizbette Tello
Work: Untitled (photography)
Teacher: Amber Quiroz


Silver Key — Carver HS, Biankah Cortez for “La bota”

Nimitz HS
Student: Xavier Downing
Work: Ophelia (drawing & illustration)
Teacher: Leslie Rowney

Honorable Mentions

Aldine HS
Student: Francisco Flores
Work: Heart of the Matter (sculpture)
Teacher: Michelle Dalke

Student: Elizabeth González
Work: Double Take (drawing & sculpture)
Teacher: Michelle Dalke

Student: Galilea Herrera
Work: Me, Myself and I (sculpture)
Teacher: Michelle Dalke


Silver Key — Carver HS, Emily Hodge for “Catch ‘o’ the Day”

Carver HS
Student: Trevaughn Bias
Work: Chauve Souris (sculpture)
Teacher: Zach Walters

Student: Cynthia Coronado
Work: 2D Portfolio (portfolio)
Teacher: Laura Luna

Student: Makayla Russell
Work: First Day of PreK (printmaking)
Teacher: Laura Luna

Davis HS
Student: Jamal Beckford
Work: Rejection (photography)
Teacher: Debora Conn


Silver Key — Carver HS, Dulce García for “The City”

Student: Jonathan Coronado
Work: Mysterious Stranger (photography)
Teacher: Debora Conn

Student: Evelyn Fernández
Work: Another Life (art portfolio)
Teacher: Debora Conn

Student: Ashley Rangel
Work: Candlelight (drawing & illustration)
Teacher: Debora Conn

Student: Rolando Villarreal
Work: The Giant Happiness a Small Heart Brings (photography)
Teacher: Debora Conn

Student: Erick Badillo
Work: The Jungle (photography)
Teacher: Debora Conn


Silver Key — MacArthur HS, Ruby Alaniz in photography

Student: Luz González
Work: The Perfect Moment (art portfolio)
Teacher: Debora Conn

Student: Yazia Silva
Work: Hey Sweetheart (short story writing)
Teacher: Marilyn Venne

Drew Academy
Student: Rosalinda González
Work: Musical Cubism (drawing & illustration)
Teacher: Allison Hamacher

Student: Jordan Smith
Work: Feathers (mixed media)
Teacher: Allison Hamacher

Lewis MS
Student: Andrea Pantoja
Work: Running in Color (painting)
Teacher: Ashley Atherton


Silver Key — MacArthur HS, Evelyn Martínez for “The Carnival”

MacArthur HS
Student: Celeste González
Work: Up (photography)
Teacher: Amber Quiroz

Student: Ana Rubio
Work: The Contrast of Beauty (photography)
Teacher: Amber Quiroz

Student: Graciela Caballero
Work: Graysea (drawing & illustration)
Teacher: Vino Underwood

Student: Rachel Cano
Work: Rachel (drawing & illustration)
Teacher: Vino Underwood


Silver Key — MacArthur HS, Miguel Martínez for “Homme Seul”

Student: Jenifer Guzmán
Work: Jenifer (drawing & illustration)
Teacher: Vino Underwood

Student: Jamie Padrón
Work: Jamie (drawing & illustration)
Teacher: Vino Underwood

Student: Alexis Pérez
Work: Alexis (drawing & illustration)
Teacher: Vino Underwood

Nimitz HS
Student: Dulce Chávez
Work: Strength (drawing & illustration)
Teacher: Leslie Rowney


Silver Key — MacArthur HS, Lizbette Tello in photography

Student: Crystal Jones
Work: Secrets (drawing & illustration)
Teacher: Leslie Rowney

Student: Adriana Rivera
Work: The Other World (drawing & illustration)
Teacher: Leslie Rowney

Student: Yesenia Serrato
Work: Nature’s Light (sculpture)
Teacher: Leslie Rowney

Student: María Zavala
Work: Kat (drawing & illustration)
Teacher: Leslie Rowney

Teague MS
Student: Liliana Durán
Work: Cobra Spirit
Teacher: Birgit Langhammer


Silver Key — MacArthur HS, Lizbette Tello in photography

Student: Niya Daye
Work: Guardians of Angkor Wat (poetry writing)
Teacher: Birgit Langhammer

Student: Robin Flores
Work: I Am The Moai (poetry writing)
Teacher: Birgit Langhammer

Student: Jasmine Vital
Work: Nebuchadnezzar’s Gift (flash fiction writing)
Teacher: Birgit Langhammer

Click Teague-Middle-School-Scholastic-Writing-Honorable-Mention-Works to read the writing entries.



Silver Key — Nimitz HS, Xavier Downing for “Ophelia”



Honorable Mention — Davis HS, Jamal Beckford for “Rejection”