Award Recipients

2021 Regional Award Highlights: Silver Keys and Honorable Mentions

Check out some of the works that received Silver Keys and Honorable Mentions this year.

Earlier this month, we highlighted a selection of award-winning art and writing portfolios. This week, we’re celebrating our amazing Silver Key and Honorable Mention winners!

This year, the Scholastic Awards received nearly 230,000 entries nationally. In the Region-at-Large program, only 8% of all works entered received Silver Keys, and only 12% of all works entered received Honorable Mentions. Receiving a Silver Key or Honorable Mention is a huge achievement, and we are thrilled to be able to recognize the incredible creativity and talent behind these works. Below are just some of the visionary works that inspired us.

While we will not be able to feature all RAL Silver Key and Honorable Mention works in this post, you can check out the full list of award-winning pieces by visiting your regional webpage.

Congratulations again to all RAL award recipients and everyone who entered the 2021 Awards! Stay tuned for our next post in March where we’ll be celebrating RAL Gold Key winners. Also, be sure to join us on March 4 at 7:00 pm ET to stream the 2021 Scholastic Awards Regional Key Celebration live, where we are celebrating all regional award winners, including Honorable Mention, Silver Key, and Gold Key winners, for the first time in a virtual celebration!

And now, let’s give it up for some of your Silver Key and Honorable Mention-winning works!


Silver Keys

Ariane Lee, Reminiscing
2021 Silver Key, Drawing & Illustration
Grade 11, Syosset High School, Syosset, NY
Damon Tommolino, Educator

Adia Laureijs, Spices
2021 Silver Key, Short Story
Grade 7, Summerside Intermediate School, PE, Canada
Steve Murch, Educator

An excerpt from Spices by Adia Laureijs, Short Story

Charlotte Cramer, Langston Hughes: Many Layers
2021 Silver Key, Mixed Media
Grade 8, Home School, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Simone Spade, Educator

Katie Griffin, The Annual 12-Hour Drive
2021 Silver Key, Personal Essay & Memoir
Grade 9, Victory Christian School, Tulsa, OK
Julie Prout, Educator

An excerpt from The Annual 12-Hour Drive by Katie Griffin, Personal Essay & Memoir

Brandon Yeo, Freed
2021 Silver Key, Photography
Grade 10, Issaquah High School, Issaquah, WA
Jihoon Lee, Educator

Honorable Mentions

Noah Coleman, I Can’t Get Out
2021 Honorable Mention, Flash Fiction
Grade 7, North Middle High School, North, SC
John Ott, Educator

An excerpt from I Can’t Get Out by Noah Coleman,
Flash Fiction

Sofia Kamal, Reconstruction
2021 Honorable Mention, Sculpture
Grade 8, Rancho Solano Preparatory School, Scottsdale, AZ
Polina Isurin, Educator

Daeun Lee, The Letters of Lady Lisa
2021 Honorable Mention, Humor
Grade 9, Valencia High School, Placentia, CA
Tara Filowitz, Educator

An excerpt from The Letters of Lady Lisa by
Daeun Lee, Humor

Brice Brown, Abstract Emotions
2021 Honorable Mention, Digital Art
Grade 12, Stuttgart High School, APO, AE
Michael Mosby, Educator

William Boo, The Ghost of Spring
2021 Honorable Mention, Poetry
Grade 10, Millburn Senior High School, Millburn, NJ
Brittany Cavalieri, Educator

An excerpt from The Ghost of Spring by William Boo, Poetry.

Congratulations again to all of our Silver Key and Honorable Mention winners, and to all of our RAL regional award winners!

…And don’t forget! Register and save the date for March 4 at 7:00 pm EST to join us for a virtual celebration of all our regional award winners.

Looking for more opportunities to be recognized? Students of African descent are invited to participate in local and national ACT-SO competitions! NAACP’s ACT-SO is a community-based program that provides a forum for youth of African descent to receive recognition for their achievements in academics, literary arts, visual arts, and the sciences.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are open for entries annually from September through December. See upcoming important dates to learn more about what’s next for the Awards.

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