Award Recipients

2021 National Medal Highlights: Art and Writing Portfolios

Get to know some of the RAL Art and Writing Portfolios that went on to receive a national medal in the 2021 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

Who else is excited for the virtual National Ceremony on June 9? WE SURE ARE! Whether you are a student, parent, educator, or someone who just wants to cheer for talented teens, all are welcome to visit artandwriting.org/celebrate on Wednesday, June 9 to watch the ceremony live and celebrate our national award winners.

Of course, June 9 is still a loooong ways away. (Or maybe not? Who can tell anymore…) So what to do between now and then? Celebrate our RAL national winners and get a head start on next year’s Awards with our upcoming virtual events!

This spring, we encourage you to explore resources from the Alliance and our partners for fresh inspiration as you create your next great piece, and join us in free upcoming webinars to get your creative juices flowing and thinking about your next steps to prepare for the 2022 Scholastic Awards. Our next virtual event is actually . . . TODAY!

Wondering how to put together a portfolio, or looking for tips on how to achieve that National Medal? We’ve got you covered. Join us today, April 27 at 7:00 pm ET for our Art Portfolio Panel, a free 1-hour webinar on creating a portfolio of art works. While especially relevant for students in grades 10 and 11, this event is open to all. Whether you’re preparing an art portfolio for the Scholastic Awards, college applications, or a personal website, this webinar is for you. In this session, we will hear from a panel of artists, Scholastic Awards jurors, and educators who will share their advice on putting together a standout portfolio that showcases your ability.

Interested? Register here!

(Don’t worry, writers, we’ve got you covered too! Check out our Writing Portfolio Panel for advice on putting together a strong portfolio that showcases your unique voice and talent.)

In addition to our virtual events this spring, we are thrilled to be showcasing nationally awarded works from gifted RAL teens leading up to the big day here on the blog. Check in regularly to see some of the National Medal and scholarship-winning works from across the country. You may even see your own piece on display!

This week, we are highlighting Art and Writing Portfolios. While we will not be able to feature all of our incredible RAL portfolios in this post, you can check out the full list of national award-winning pieces by visiting your regional webpage.

Congratulations again to all our RAL award recipients and to everyone who participated! We can’t wait to celebrate together on June 9. (It can’t come soon enough!)

And now, it’s time to cheer for some of your National Medal Portfolios!


Nathan Yang, Hints of Humanity
2021 Gold Medal, Blick Art Material & Utrecht Art Supplies Art Portfolio
Grade 12, Loyola High School of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Inyoung Seoung, Educator

Grace Song, A House Divided
2021 Silver Medal with Distinction, Writing Portfolio
Grade 12, Great Neck South High School, Great Neck, NY
David Manuel, Educator

Jenna Price, Growth and Loss of Identity
2021 Silver Medal, Art Portfolio
Grade 12, Paducah Tilghman High School, Paducah, KY
John Romang, Educator

Justin Li, Shared Variations
2021 Gold Medal, Command Companies Writing Portfolio
Grade 12, Pingry School, Basking Ridge, NJ
Suzanne Turner, Educator

Taylor Yingshi, Decolonizing Art Spaces
2021 Silver Medal, Art Portfolio
Grade 12, Issaquah High School, Issaquah, WA 
Mark Moody, Educator

Sylvia Nicholas-Patterson, My Loveless Memories
2021 Gold Medal, The Maurice R. Robinson Fund Writing Portfolio
Grade 12, Harrison School for the Arts, Lakeland, FL
Clifford Parody, Educator

Kaitlyn Song, Symbiosis
2021 Silver Medal, Art Portfolio
Grade 12, Riverside High School, Leesburg, VA
Augusta Dadiego, Educator

Tyler Kellogg, The Splintering
2021 Gold Medal, The Cora Bidwell Writing Portfolio
Grade 12, Governor’s School for the Arts & Humanities, Greenville, SC
Scott Gould, Educator

Helena Hockertz, Stories to Make the World a Better Place
2021 Gold Medal, Salesforce Art Portfolio
Grade 12, Southridge School, Surrey, BC, Canada
Chris Westendorf, Educator

“Trickster” by Helena Hockertz, Film & Animation.
“From the Beginning to the End to the Beginning” by Helena Hockertz, Film & Animation.
“Split” by Helena Hockertz, Film & Animation.
“Fly Me to the Moon” by Helena Hockertz, Film & Animation.
“Boss Comin’ to Dinner” by Helena Hockertz, Film & Animation.
“A Free Treat” by Helena Hockertz, Film & Animation.

Daniel D’Agnese, I’m Not Myself Today
2021 Silver Medal, Writing Portfolio
Grade 12, Classical Academy, Colorado Springs, CO
Candi D’Agnese, Educator

Congratulations again to all award-winning portfolios, and to all of our RAL national award winners!

. . . and don’t forget! Register and save the date for today, April 27 at 7:00 pm EST to join us for our virtual art portfolio panel. Also be sure to sign up here for a reminder email when the 2022 Scholastic Awards open for entries. But in the meantime . . . keep creating!

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.

3 comments on “2021 National Medal Highlights: Art and Writing Portfolios

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