Award Recipients

Meet the 2019 RAL National Medalists

Get to know some of the hundreds of RAL works that went on to receive a national medal in the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

With National Events in our rear view mirror, the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers is officially calling it a wrap on the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards! The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, in partnership with hundreds of Affiliate partners around the country, annually administers and presents the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

This year, nearly 340,000 works of art and writing were submitted to the Awards. More than 19,000 works received a Gold Key, the highest regional award, and went on to be considered for national recognition. On March 15th, a list of the more than 3,000 nationally awarded works, including Gold Medals, Silver Medals, and special achievement awards, was made public. Nearly 700 of these 3,000 nationally awarded works came from RAL students. 

Now, after all of the Gold Medalists have seen their names in light at Carnegie Hall, and the Best Teen Writing and Best Teen Art of 2019 have been released for all the world to see, let us take a moment to celebrate the creative students behind those 700 nationally awarded RAL works. Unfortunately, we will not be able to feature all of our talented RAL national medalists in this post—700 is a very large number (although not as large as this)—so be sure to check out the Art & Writing online gallery to see the full collection of 2019 award recipients, including both regionally and nationally awarded works. As all Gold Medalists and Special Achievement Award recipients were celebrated on June 6th with the National Ceremony at Carnegie Hall, we will take this space to highlight the works of a few of our Silver Medalists. 

Congratulations to all our RAL award recipients!  

And now… it’s time to meet your medalists!

1. Nadia Karber, Things I Have Hidden
2019 Silver Medalist, Poetry
Grade 11, G.W. Carver Center – Arts & Tech, Towson, MD
Suzanne Supplee, Educator

See Nadia’s full work, Things I Have Hidden in the Art & Writing online gallery.

2. Ilhana Kisija, Nurture
2019 Silver Medalist, Painting
Grade 11, Niles North High School, Skokie, IL
Amy Zwikel, Educator

See Nurture in the Art & Writing online gallery.

3. Alexander Huang, A Dance With Death
2019 Silver Medalist, Painting
Grade 11, Plano West Senior High School, Plano, TX
Sarah Depetris, Educator

See A Dance With Death in the Art & Writing online gallery.

4. Milo Jacobs, Snake Ball
2019 Silver Medalist, Video Game Design
Grade 10, Woodberry Forest School, Woodberry Forest, VA
Kareb Broaddus, Educator

See Milo’s full work, Snake Ball, in the Art & Writing online gallery.

5. Claire Hong, The Wall
2019 Silver Medalist, Drawing & Illustration
Grade 11, Orange County School of the Arts, Santa Ana, CA
Junghwa Hong, Educator

See The Wall in the Art & Writing online gallery.

6. Francisco Chong, Charging
2019 Silver Medalist, Sculpture
Grade 12, Half Hollow Hills High School W, Dix Hills, NY
Jeanette Nourry, Educator

See Charging in the Art & Writing online gallery.

7. Olivia Snyder, The Waiter
2019 Silver Medalist, Flash Fiction
Grade 11, Seacrest Country Day School, Naples, FL
Adison Lax, Educator

See Olivia’s full work, The Waiter, in the Art & Writing online gallery.

8. Angela Chen, Natural Selection at Its Finest
2019 Silver Medalist, Humor
Grade 11, Desert Vista High School, Phoenix, AZ
Frances Dixon, Educator

See Angela’s full work, Natural Selection at Its Finest, in the Art & Writing online gallery.

9. Sarah Chocron, An Ode to Africa
2019 Silver Medalist, Poetry
Grade 10, Wichita Collegiate School, Wichita, KS
Cynthia Koepsel, Educator

See Sarah’s full work, An Ode to Africa, in the Art & Writing online gallery.

10. Isaac Oliphant, A Home of Dragons
2019 Silver Medalist, Personal Essay & Memoir
Grade 11, Herriman High School, Herriman, UT
Erica Plummer, Educator

See Isaac’s full work, A Home of Dragons, in the Art & Writing online gallery.

11. Elysse Shirley, Glass
2019 Silver Medalist, Photography
Grade 11, Etobicoke School of the Arts, Toronto, Canada
Glenn Novak, Educator

See Glass in the Art & Writing online gallery.

12. Fiker Negash, What Do You Want?
2019 Silver Medalist, Poetry
Grade 12, International Community School of Addis Ababa, Addis Ababa,
Ethiopia
Lucy Venkova, Educator

See Fiker’s full work, What Do You Want?, in the Art & Writing online gallery.

Congratulations again to all of the our RAL medalists!

Check out the full list of national medal recipients and their awarded works at artandwriting.org.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are open for submissions annually from September through December. See upcoming important dates to learn more about submission deadline for RAL this year.

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