The competition recognizes the vision, ingenuity, and talent of creative teens.

Carver HS student Anthony Abarca received the American Vision Nominee Award for his digital artwork, “Love Affair.” Anthony’s artwork will be headed to New York in June for the national level of the competition.


Harris County Department of Education (HCDE) recently announced the teens for 2020 Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Recipients join the ranks with iconic writers and artists Stephen King, Dan Fogelberg, Sylvia Plath, Robert Redford, Truman Capote, Andy Warhol, Joyce Carol Oates, Marc Brown, and Jaida Jones, who all earned awards as Scholastic Art & Writing Awards as teens.

HCDE annually sponsors the regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. School districts, private schools, and home schools are represented as students earn Gold Key, Silver Key, and honorable mention awards. Each year, students submit their work through teachers who support and participate in HCDE’s regional competition. Several hundred volunteer art and writing professionals judge the submissions.

The highest-rated pieces move on to national judging to be considered for Gold and Silver Medals, which are announced in March and awarded in June at a ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

American Visions & Voices Nominee Awards

Anthony Abarca poses next to his award-winning artwork, “Love Affair.”

Student Anthony Abarca has been nominated for the prestigious American Visions Award. Of the more than 5,500 pieces submitted to the annual Scholastic Art and Writing competition, Anthony’s work was one of only five selected for this honor.

Local judges select five works of writing and five works of art from each region as American Visions and Voices Nominees, who are then celebrated in local exhibitions and ceremonies. From the pool of nominees, a panel of jurors in New York City will select one writer and one artist from each region to receive an American Visions Medal. These medalists are celebrated at the National Exhibition in New York City.

The American Voices & Visions Medals, the highest regional honors, are given to one writer and one artist from each region.

Anthony, who attends Carver High School for Engineering, Applied Technology and the Arts, will be honored at the Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Ceremony on Thursday, March 26, at The Ballroom at Bayou Place, where he will also receive a $250 monetary award.

Gold Keys Represent the Top 5 Percent of Entries

In the 2020 art categories, Aldine ISD students earned 19 Gold Keys, 32 Silver Keys, and 46 honorable mention awards. In the writing events, AISD students won four Silver Keys and two honorable mention awards.

To view all the regional award recipients and for information about receptions and award ceremonies, visit the HCDE website. Visit the Scholastic Art & Writing website to learn more about the competition.

AISD Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Award Recipients

Student School, Grade Artwork Type Gold Key Award
Anthony Abarca Carver High School, 12 Love Affair Photography Gold Key Award
Diego Anaya Aldine High School, 11 Carousel Photography Gold Key Award
Vanessa Arias Carver High School, 12 Wasted Time Painting Gold Key Award
Faith Belford Nimitz High School, 12 Unbounded Disarray Photography Gold Key Award
 Yamile Flacon Blanson CTE High School, 9 Bygone Siren Photography Gold Key Award
Derek Flores Grantham Academy, 7 Jellyfish Flow Mixed Media Gold Key Award
Emily Fuentes Blanson CTE High School, 11 A Traveler’s Pride Photography  Gold Key Award
Alyssa Gonzalez Aldine High School, 12 Nicholas Photography  Gold Key Award
Amy Gonzalez Drew Academy, 8 Humpty Trumpty Wall Editorial Cartoon Gold Key Award
Kaylah Hawkins Blanson CTE High School, 10 The Lovers Photography  Gold Key Award
Jesus Jacobo Aldine High School, 12 Obsidian Photography  Gold Key Award
Daphne Lopez Carver High School, 12 Background Noise Printmaking Gold Key Award
Roxanna Martinez Aldine High School, 10 Fly High  Photography  Gold Key Award
Jane Nguyen Eisenhower High School, 12 Ominous Glare  Photography Gold Key Award
Maria Portillo MacArthur High School, 11 Grub Drawing & Illustration Gold Key Award
Gisselle Puente Drew Academy, 8 Swirls of Glass Shardes Photography  Gold Key Award
Jesus Rivas MacArthur High School, 11 Modern Gem Jewelry  Gold Key Award
Cristian Rojas Aldine High School, 12 Blue Future  Photography  Gold Key Award
Lesslie Suarez Aldine High School, 12 Dopey Photography  Gold Key Award
Student School, Grade Writing  Type Silver Key Award
Naomy Frometa Sanchez Blanson CTE High School, 11 To a Cleaner Future Journalism Silver Key Award
Katie Lucio Eisenhower High School, 11 The Birdwatcher Short Story Silver Key Award
Kiera Jackson Nimitz High School, 12 Your Choice Dramatic Script Silver Key Award
Cassandra Vazquez Avalos P-TECH School, 9 El Barrio Poetry Silver Key Award
Student School, Grade Artwork Type Silver Key Award
Marissa Agado MacArthur High School, 12 Breath of The Dahlia Fashion Silver Key Award
JaQuan Allen Carver High School, 11 Allen Cuisine – Logo Development Design Silver Key Award
Vanessa Arias Carver High School, 12 Hypnotized  Digital Art Silver Key Award
Jordan Barnes Drew Academy, 8 Tweet Editorial Cartoon Silver Key Award
Evieh Braddy Nimitz High School, 12 The Staircase Art Portfolio Silver Key Award
Josemaria Camacho-Molinero Carver High School, 12  NASA Inspired Texas License Plate Design Digital Art Silver Key Award
Luz Carbajal Davis High School, 12 Spider Trap Drawing & Illustration Silver Key Award
Alexa Chavez MacArthur High School, 11 In The Dark Photography Silver Key Award
Robert Colunga Drew Academy, 8  Nature vs. Glass Photography Silver Key Award
Janelle Cortez Blanson CTE High School, 10 What Once Was Photography Silver Key Award
Stayce Cruz Blanson CTE High School, 10 Comfort from a Friend Photography  Silver Key Award
Janet Duong  Davis High School, 10  Toucan Man Drawing & Illustration Silver Key Award
Leslie Figueroa Eisenhower High School, 11 Cold Commute Photography Silver Key Award
Isaias Gallegos Blanson CTE High School, 11 Makeshift Photography  Silver Key Award
Itzel Gomez Eisenhower High School, 12 Violet Excellence Photography Silver Key Award
Alyssa Gonzalez Aldine High School, 12 Lewis Photography  Silver Key Award
Rosalinda Gonzalez Carver High School, 12  Peek-a-Boo Printmaking Silver Key Award
Jesus Jacobo Aldine High School, 12 Scraps  Photography Silver Key Award
Jaylha Lane Davis Ninth Grade, 9 Soul Eater Drawing & Illustration Silver Key Award
Daphne Lopez Carver High School, 12 The Color of Sound Painting Silver Key Award
Emely Majano MacArthur High School, 12 A Glimpse of Joy Drawing & Illustration Silver Key Award
Joel Maya Aldine Ninth Grade, 9 Metaphorical Me Drawing & Illustration Silver Key Award
Devin Mendez MacArthur High School, 11 Mirrored Skyline of LA Photography Silver Key Award
Katia Orellana Blanson CTE High School, 11 Red Familiarity Mixed Media Silver Key Award
Katia Orellana Blanson CTE High School, 11 Dilemma Below Drawing & Illustration Silver Key Award
Giovanni Pangilinan Jones Middle School, 8 A Typical Day Drawing & Illustration Silver Key Award
Michaela Roberts Blanson CTE High School, 12 Shiawase (Happiness) Photography Silver Key Award
Orlando Tarin-Sanchez Carver High School, 12 Querubín Printmaking Silver Key Award
Amy Tax Blanson CTE High School, 11 Hunger Driven Drawing & Illustration Silver Key Award
Barbara Villarreal Carver High School, 12 Encoded Retrieval Art Portfolio Silver Key Award
Barbara Villarreal Carver High School, 12 An Ode to the Martian’s Reality Digital Art Silver Key Award
Asha Webster Carver High School, 12 Into The Light Photography Silver Key Award

The competition recognizes the vision, ingenuity, and talent of creative teens.