Exonians Gain National Honors in Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

March 24, 2016

Wendi Yan, ”Lollipops.”

Exonians brought home national medals from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, a prestigious annual competition juried by creative professionals. Alex Zhang ’16 was one of sixteen high school seniors to receive the program’s highest national honor, Gold Portfolio, which includes a $10,000 scholarship.

These Exonians won national awards:

Isabella Alvarez ’19 – Gold for her poem ”Arizona” and silver for her poem ”the three scents that define my childhood”
Carissa Chen ’17 – Gold for her painting ”Silenced”; gold for her poem ”Idyll”; and silver for her photograph ”72 Years”
Athena Gerasoulis ’17 – Silver for her poem ”Mother Nature: Fog; Dear Mom; Quietly, Mama”
Caroline Grace ’17 – Gold for her poem ”Train Ride”
Mei-An Nolan ’16 – Silver for her art portfolio ”All Strung Out”
Theodore Weaver ’18 – Silver for his ceramic ”Football Teapot”
Wendi Yan ’18 – Silver for her painting ”Lollipops”
Cesar Zamudio ’16 – Silver for his photograph ”Untitled”
Alex Zhang – Gold portfolio for writing; gold and best in grade for his personal essay/memoir ”Father Tea”; and gold for his poem ”New Year's Fishing”





A record-breaking 320,000 works were submitted to Scholastic Art & Writing Awards at the regional level. Only the top 1 percent were recognized nationally.

On June 2, gold portfolio and gold medal winners will be honored at Carnegie Hall, New York. From June 2-12, the exhibit ”Art.Write.Now” will showcase more than 1,000 of the top Scholastic Art & Writing Awards visual and literary works at the Parsons School of Design, The New School and Pratt Manhattan Gallery in New York City.

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Read more about Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, whose alumni include Stephen King, Andy Warhol, Richard Linklater, Zac Posen and Lena Dunham.