Award Recipients

2021 Regional Award Highlights: Gold Keys

Check out some of the Gold Key works that are being considered for national awards.

With the virtual regional ceremony only one day away (!!!), let’s give another round of virtual applause to all RAL regional award-winning works! We have been so impressed and energized by the level of creativity and diverse artistic voices from students across the country. Our nationwide judging partners have also been inspired and are delighted to share their congratulations and praise!

Congratulations from one of our RAL judging partners, the Virgin Islands Writing Project! Video courtesy of Veronica Prescott.

We’ve showcased some truly amazing art and writing portfolios, as well as Silver Key and Honorable Mention-winning works this past month, and now it’s time to shine the spotlight on our Gold Keys.

The Scholastic Awards received nearly 230,000 entries nationally this year. In the Region-at-Large program, only 5% of all works entered received Gold Keys. A Gold Key is the highest honor one can receive on the regional level, and so we are thrilled to highlight some of these visionary works.

Congratulations from one of our RAL judging partners, the Central Texas Writing Project! Video courtesy of Diane Osborne.

While we will not be able to feature all RAL Gold Key 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 after the virtual ceremony where we’ll be getting pumped up for—you guessed it—National Awards! Also, remember to register and join us March 4 at 7:00 pm ET to stream the 2021 Scholastic Awards Regional Key Celebration live, where we are celebrating all regional award participants, including Honorable Mention, Silver Key, and Gold Key winners, for the first time in a virtual celebration!

The time has now come . . . put your hands together for some of your Gold Key-winning works!


Joy Wei, Family Tree
2021 Gold Key, Comic Art
Grade 8, Great Neck North Middle School, Great Neck, NY
Sherry Teich, Educator

Cassia McDonald, Born on Earth to Die among the Stars
2021 Gold Key, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Grade 12, Centennial Secondary School, BC, Canada
Nasreen Khokhar, Educator

An excerpt from Born on Earth to Die among the Stars by Cassia McDonald, Science Fiction & Fantasy.

Georgia Forrest, Disruption
2021 Gold Key, Mixed Media
Grade 9, Immaculate Heart High School & Middle School, Los Angeles, CA
Caitlin Ross, Educator

Ashton Brophy, A Hint of Crazy
2021 Gold Key, Flash Fiction
Grade 8, Christian Fellowship School, Benton, KY
Sandy Hummel, Educator

An excerpt from A Hint of Crazy by Ashton Brophy, Flash Fiction.

Sierra Darmaga, Dissociation
2021 Gold Key, Painting
Grade 10, Unionville High School, ON, Canada
Shane Clodd, Educator

Charlie Navarre, The Slash
2021 Gold Key, Personal Essay & Memoir
Grade 7, St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, Austin, TX
John Keyes, Educator

An excerpt from The Slash by Charlie Navarre, Personal Essay & Memoir.

Lyla Carmel-Jessup, The Way the Light Was
2021 Gold Key, Photography
Grade 11, Maret School, Washington, DC
Bill Crandall, Educator

Elizabeth Djajalie, On Platform 10
2021 Gold Key, Poetry
Grade 9, Thunder Mountain High School, Juneau, AK
Corrine Marks, Educator

An excerpt from On Platform 10 by Elizabeth Djajalie, Poetry.

Mason Burrow, Internal Radiation
2021 Gold Key, Sculpture
Grade 12, Pleasant Grove High School, Texarkana, TX
Nicole Brisco, Educator

Lucas Davis, Amon’s Devastation
2021 Gold Key, Short Story
Grade 11, Red Bank Regional High School, Little Silver, NJ
Meaghan McDavitt, Educator

An excerpt from Amon’s Devastation by Lucas Davis, Short Story.

Congratulations again to all of our Gold Key winners, and to all of our RAL regional award winners!

. . . and don’t forget! Register and save the date for tomorrow, March 4 at 7:00 pm EST, to join us for a virtual ceremony for all our regional award winners. We can’t wait to celebrate with you all!

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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