2022 Regional Award Highlights: Gold Keys

Can you believe it—the Regional Awards Celebration is only a day away! The Regional Awards Celebration is an opportunity to honor all of our regional participants and award winners. It is free and open to the public. Stream the celebration live tomorrow, March 10, at 7:00 pm EST. We can’t wait to celebrate with our remote programs community!

Over the past few weeks, we’ve had the opportunity to highlight some award-winning works—including several American Voices and Visions Nominees, as well as several Honorable Mention and Silver Key recipients. Today we want to highlight our last, but certainly not least, group of regional award winners. Let’s give it up for our Gold Key recipients! 

This year, the Scholastic Awards received nearly 260,000 entries nationally; 20,000 entries were from the remote programs alone. Out of all the amazing works entered through our remote programs, only 5% received Gold Keys. A Gold Key is the highest honor one can receive on the regional level, and we are thrilled to highlight some of these visionary works. 

While we are unable to feature all of the remote programs Gold Key works in this post, you can access the full list of award-winning pieces by visiting your regional webpage. 

Congratulations again to our Gold Key recipients, as well as to everyone who participated in the 2022 Scholastic Awards! Thank you for sharing your inspiring work with us. We can’t wait to celebrate together tomorrow, but in the meantime, please enjoy a taste of the incredible talent of our remote programs teens. 


Gold Key Recipients 

Scarlett Brooks, Alone, Digital Art. Grade 10, Salem High School, Virginia Beach, VA. Erin Richburg, Melissa Schappell, Educators

Peace finds me from someone else’s memories—from the fruits of their labor.

Aviree Moore, The Fruits of Their Labor, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Grade 12, Dobyns Bennett High School, Kingsport, TN. Megan Krupa, Educator
Jean Lee, Happiness around Me, Printmaking. Grade 7, Marlborough School, Los Angeles, CA. Kendall Beeman, Educator

We cannot truly live 
But if we remain silent 
If we remain silent 
We avoid the worst of the pain 

(Now read it bottom to top)

Harper Davis, Conformity and Rebellion, Poetry. Grade 12, Rolesville High School, Rolesville, NC. Cheryl Bailey, Educator
Dianne Dow, Culture Fusion, Mixed Media. Grade 12, Eric Hamber Secondary School, Vancouver, BC. Wayne Chiang, Alison Guan, Educators

This theory reveals why ships are incredibly important to advocates for non-traditional relationships. For example, members of the LGBTQIA+ community often use shipping to explore their sexual identities, channeling their desires into the interactions of fictional characters. Since LGBTQIA+ relationships are still stigmatized in the real world and lack legitimate representation in mainstream media, shipping helps create an inclusive space. 

Sherry Shu, Shipping: Media as a Fan Experience, Journalism. Grade 12, St. Robert Catholic High School, Thornhill, ON. Christopher Sarracini, Educator 
Janice Lee, Winter’s Perspective, Photography. Grade 9, Great Neck South High School, Great Neck, NY. Lisa Stancati, Educator

Among all the current policies, both public and private, ADUs seem like the best and most affordable solution. . . . They are affordable homes to construct because they do not require paying for land, major new infrastructure, structured parking, or elevators. In addition to being efficient and effective, ADUs also offer a sense of genuine warmth behind their original purpose: housing family members brings social benefits as well as rental income. 

Ashley Kate Jihoo Kim, ADUS: A Way Home for California, Critical Essay. Grade 9, Polytechnic School, Pasadena, CA. Kendall Rice, Educator 
Pavan Ahluwalia, Legacy, Drawing & Illustration. Grade 8, Harmony School Innovation—Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX. Elizabeth Latham, Educator

You deserve happiness. Even if it’s cloudy, you deserve every shimmering speck of it.

Disha Cattamanchi, The Inheritance, Dramatic Script. Grade 11, Juanita High School, Kirkland, WA. Stacey Jesse, Educator 

Congratulations again to all of our Gold Key recipients! Gold Key works automatically advance to national judging. Jurors select work for national recognition based on three criteria: originality, technical skill, and emergence of a personal vision or voice. All regional Gold Key recipients will be notified if they received a National Award on March 23.  

As a reminder, please download and save a copy of your regional certificate(s) and notification letter by Tuesday, March 22, 2022. This is the last day that you will be able to access your regional notification materials from your student dashboard. 

We encourage our remote programs community to check back into the blog to stay up to date with the National Awards proceedings. And we can’t wait to see you at the Regional Awards Celebration tomorrow! 


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 youths 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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