Governor's Students Win 57 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
Posted 02/04/2019 01:37PM

Update March 28, 2019: 

Four Governor's students earned the highest awards given out to high school writers and artists. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have announced their list of National Medal winners. Three students earned National Silver Medals for writing and one student earned a National Gold Medal for art. The winners are as follows:

  • Colin Bourque '21 - Gold Medal - Photography - Horizons Study
  • Maria Carpenter '21 - Silver Medal - Critical Essay - The Rohingya Genocide
  • Maria Carpenter '21 - Silver Medal - Poetry - Corazon Como Un Guisante, Amor Com
  • Rachel Cheng '19 - Silver Medal - Poetry - Father, I Hate You Or Do I Not?
  • Jiarong Li '22 - Silver Medal - Personal Essay/Memoir - Pushing Forward, Pulling Back

Congratulations to these talented students!


The annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards winners have been announced and forty Governor's students won a total of fifty seven art and writing awards. 

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards program is the longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative high school students in the United States. Since 1923, the awards have recognized the vision, ingenuity, and talent of creative teenagers. Work is judged on originality, technical skill, and emergence of a personal voice or vision. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. More than 330,000 original works were submitted by students across the count in twenty nine different categories of art and writing.

Art Awards

Twenty three Governor's art students won a total of thirty awards this year. Award winners won: eight Gold Keys, six Silver Keys, and sixteen Honorable Mentions. Four of these awards were for portfolio work, which is considered the most advanced level of art in the competition.

To view the award-winning artwork, please click here

Gold Key Winners

Dan Flynn '19 - Photography Portfolio

Danielle Aftandilian '20 - Photography

Colin Bourque '21 - Photography

Maria Carpenter '21 - Architecture & Industrial Design

Maria Carpenter '21 - Sculpture

Leo Lin '21 - Ceramics

Melina Robertson '20 - Ceramics

Nancy Xie '19 - Mixed Media

Silver Key Winners

Billy Marella '19 - Photography Portfolio 

Scott Burnham '20 - Photography

Parker Deptula '19 - Photography

Anqi Feng '20 - Drawing

Jack Gilbert '21 - Photography

William Nekoroski '20 - Ceramics


Honorable Mentions

Parker Deptula '19 - Photography Portfolio

Amy Liu '19 - Photography Portfolio

Rose Anderson '19 - Drawing

Ned Campbell '21 - Photography

Maria Carpenter '21 - Fashion

Maria Carpenter '21 - Architecture & Industrial Design

Albert Cha '19 - Photography

Leo Lin '21 - Ceramics

Leo Lin '21 - Photography

Leo Lin '21 - Photography

Jacob Nissenbaum '21 - Printmaking

Adeliza Rosario '20 - Ceramics

Haodi Shi '19 - Photography

June Stevens '20 - Drawing

Alex Taylor '19 - Drawing

Tiger Wu '20 – Photography



Seventeen Governors students garnered twenty seven total awards from a pool of over 12,000 submissions. Award winners won: six Gold Keys, eleven Silver Keys, and ten Honorable Mentions.

Gold Key Winners

Maria Carpenter '21 - Critical Essay "The Rohingya Genocide"

Maria Carpenter '21 - Critical Essay "The Best Laid Plans"

Maria Carpenter '21 - Poetry "Corazon Como Un Guisante, Amor Com"

Rachel Cheng '19 - Poetry "Father, I hate you or do I not?"

Jiarong Li '22 - Personal Essay/Memoir "Pushing Forward, Pulling Back"

Annabelle Svahn '20 - Short Story "Maryport"

Silver Key Winners

Arif Aziz '19 - Personal Essay/Memoir "What Did It Cost, Congkak Boy?"

Makayla Boucher '19 - Poetry "Good Times"

Maria Carpenter '21 - Critical Essay "Climate Change: The Devastating Impact of Melting Glaciers"

Maria Carpenter '21 - Critical Essay "Shall We Let the Grass Grow: Legalizing Medical Marijuana on a National Level"

Maria Carpenter '21 - Critical Essay "Mum Protects, Dad Neglects"

Alex DiBlasi '19 - Journalism "King of Horror"

Sarah Griffin '20 - Poetry "Blanketed Thoughts"

Anuvind Iyer '19 - Short Story "By the Candle Light"

Billy Marella '19 - Personal Essay/Memoir "She Smelled Like Cigarettes"

Rosangela Mejia '21 - Personal Essay/Memoir "If I Stay"

Catherine Wilson '19 - Short Story "Oxymoron"

Honorable Mention

Maria Carpenter '21 - "Warriors Don't Cry: Invoking Religion to Support Actions"

Maria Carpenter '21 - Critical Essay "A History of the World in Six Glasses by Tom Standage: The Role of Beer in Civilization"

Rachel Cheng '19 - Poetry "Suffocated"

Rachel Cheng '19 - Poetry "Restorils"

Leo Lin '21 - Critical Essay "Human Rights in the Era of Internet"

Selina Liu '22 - Science Fiction/Fantasy "Elegy of Autumn"

Eliana Mlawski '22 - Poetry "Remember"

Kathryn Resnick '20 - Humor "Gunz 4 Kidz"

Annabelle Svahn '20 - Poetry "Seven Year Itch"

Weizhi (Will) Zhao '19 - Personal Essay/Memoir "The Long-Awaited Hug"


Congratulations to these very talented award winners!

Cover image: Colin Bourque '21 - Photography

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