RSPS Students Win National Awards in Scholastic Art & Writing Competition

March 22, 2018

This year, eight Rancho Solano students were among the Southwest Region at Large winners of the Scholastic Art & Writing Competition and two of them moved on to receive National awards.  The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is the nation’s largest, longest-running, most prestigious visual and literary arts program.  It recognizes students in grades 7-12 in 29 categories.  In 2018, there were nearly 350,000 submissions that our very own Rancho Solano students competed amongst.  Students who received Gold Key Awards automatically moved on to compete for National Awards. Myra Kamal and Lauren Puryear both moved on to receive National Medals placing them within the top 1% of all submissions.  Myra and Lauren are invited to celebrate their success with other National Award winners from across the country in New York City this summer with a ceremony at Carnegie Hall.  Their award-winning work will be displayed at Pratt Institute’s Pratt Manhattan Gallery!

In the art division, the following students were recognized:

  • Gold Key: Myra Kamal (Photography); 
  • Silver Key: Myra Kamal - 2 pieces (Photography); 
  • Honorable Mention: Myra Kamal (Photography); Myra Kamal - 2 pieces (Drawing/Illustration); Ellie Kaufman (Photography); Emily Pessin (Photography); 

In the writing division, the following students were recognized:

  • Gold Key: Myra Kamal (Personal Essay/Memoir); Myra Kamal (Poetry); Sophia Koss (Short Story); Lauren Puryear (Poetry); 
  • Silver Key: Bella Agarwal (Short Story); Abigail Disalvo (Short Story);  Abigail Disalvo (Poetry); Sophia Koss (Poetry); Lauren Puryear  (Poetry);      
  • Honorable Mention: Bella Agarwal (Short Story);  Andrew Camacho (Short Story);  Andrew Camacho (Poetry);  Myra Kamal (Poetry);  Ellie Kaufman (Poetry);  

National Awards

Congratulations to these outstanding students!

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