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Katy ISD Nearly Triples Winners in Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards


March 16, 2019

Compiled by Ariana Pezeshki

Two hundred and twenty-three students from Katy Independent School District were named Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Award winners by the Harris County Department of Education. The next generation of creative leaders in the arts are recognized and celebrated through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

Courtesy of Harris County Department of Education

Katy ISDs Highest Honor

In the regional art awards, there were 137 students while in regional writing there was a total of 86 recipients. This included 79 Gold Keys, 109 Silver Keys and 122 Honorable Mentions. This year Katy ISD has nearly tripled its overall winners and increased its Gold Key winners, which is the highest honor.

Thousands of Entries

“The best part of this recognition is that so many Katy ISD campuses were included,” said Secondary English Language Arts Coordinator Amanda Palmer. “There are thousands of entries every year ranging from photography, poetry, mixed media to short stories. Our Katy ISD students are part of “Creating the Future”, through their art and writing pieces,” added Palmer.

Top Awards

Top award Gold Key recipients advance to national judging to be considered for Gold and Silver Medals which are announced March 12 and awarded June 6 through a ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Art and Writing Talents

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, founded in 1923, provide young artists and writers in grades 7-12 with the opportunity to showcase their art and writing talents. The goal of these competitions is to bring outstanding visual art and writing created by teens to a national audience by showcasing the work and encouraging creative development.

See video below of Cinco Ranch High School Gold Key Award Recipient Sofia Guevara:

Sofia Guevara, Grade 12, Cinco Ranch High School

Gold Key Award Recipient - Writing "I'm Gonna Let It Shine"

Click the HCDE Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for a full list of Katy ISD winners.

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