Houston, TX – The Harris County Department of Education announced today that St. Agnes Academy has 35 gold key, silver key, or honorable mention winners in the annual Scholastic Art & Writing Competition. Established by Maurice Robinson, founder of Scholastic Books Inc., it is the largest and most prestigious recognition program and source of scholarships for creative teens in the U.S. Gold Key winners will go on to compete at the national level and include Sloane Soler (Sculpture), Ashton Welch (Ceramics & Glass), Symone Carty (Portfolio), Anna Gutkowski (Photography), Gia Litton (Photography), Emily Luk (Drawing), Melanie McCarthy (Painting), Anna Mendiola (Drawing), Kate Moger (Photography), Clara Moore (Portfolio), Claire Scott (Drawing), Rachel Snow (Photography), and Julie Tran (Drawing). Gold Key winners will be on exhibition at The Glassell Junior School and Texas Art Supply, February 15-27, 2014.
“This is so exciting,” said art teacher Laura Costa. “We have more drawing, painting and photography winners from St. Agnes Academy than ever before.”
Silver Key winners include Victoria Capo, Symone Carty, Montana Hermes, Eleanor Jarlsjo, Melanie McCarthy, Kate Moger, Clara Moore, Sabrina Musachia, Valerie Pignetti, Isabel Rumbaut, Inaas Shirazi, and Andrea Susarrey.
Students receiving Honorable Mention include Elaine Adams, Sarah Collins, Vanessa Gonzalez, MacKenzie Hayes, Montana Hermes, Paulina Linares Abrego, Tatus McNeil, Natalia Ruiz, Rachel Snow, and Andrea Susarrey.
In the last five years alone, students nationally submitted nearly 900,000 original works of art and writing. During that period, more than 60 top arts institutes and colleges have partnered with the Awards to make $40 million in scholarships and financial aid available to regional and national Scholastic Award winners.