The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is a ninety-year-old competition which recognizes some of the most creative teenagers in various art and writing categories. I first heard about this competition when, at an annual youth writing conference, I received a copy of the competition's 2012 National Catalog, After reading the periodical a numerous amount of times, my mind became fixated on an idea-- I would, at some point or another, enter into the competition and win.
A photo of a paragraph from my piece. I don't think I'll be posting the piece online, because my region is thinking about posting all the region-winning writing as an e-book. Yes, my seventh published piece!
After two years of procrastination and setting down a writing schedule, I finally sent in a personal essay / memoir piece! The wait was agonizing-- I obsessed over refreshing my email ever five minutes. Finally, one day after school, an email came, saying that I won an honorable mention! It meant that I did not qualify to advance into the national competition, but that did not squish my elation at one bit--I would still get statewide recognition! In fact, if I remember correctly of how I reacted about the news, I was bouncing around through the school hallways an hour post-dismissal, screaming, "Oh my gosh, I'm throwing up!"
On Saturday, I was able to attend the awards ceremony and exhibition over at a local library with a kaleidoscope, a school supply vending machine, and a pendulum that one of my engineering camp teacher talked to us about. The artwork there was phenomenal, for how could it not have been? My state is more renowned for its art talent rather than its writing! I will be posting some of the art from the exhibition, but do keep in mind that the artwork is made by all their respectable owners-- it belongs to them, and not me. PLEASE don't take credit for their work.
This life-sized Groot sculpture (which is about six or seven feet tall) is made out what everyone believes to be foam and clay!
The dress, if you can't tell, is made entirely out of paper!
I'm pumped to reenter the competition next year! I attempt to come out stronger, entering (hopefully) more than one piece of writing, as I did this year. If you're between the grades of 7-12 and live within the US, Canada or an American school abroad, you should totally enter! It's a positive experience, and, who knows? Maybe you'll get recognized! Also, thank you so much to Anna, Anna, Rose, and Mackenzie, for helping me out with my writing! I couldn't have gotten far without you four!