From left, Sophie McGregor and Hope Pate received Gold and Silver Key Awards at the 2019 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards ceremony in Houston March 27.

Victoria Parker, Hargrave High School art teacher, recently announced that Sophie McGregor received a Gold Key award and a Silver Key award for two digital art entries, along with Hope Pate, who received a Silver Key award for her drawing entry in this year’s national competition of The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

It is the nation’s longest-running, largest and most prestigious competition for creative teens in both art and writing. Through the awards, students receive opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication and scholarships.

Former winners include Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Stephen King, Richard Avedon, Zac Posen, Robert Redford and Joyce Carol Oates. This year’s regional awards ceremony, sponsored by the Harris County Department of Education, took place March 27 at the Ballroom at Bayou Place in Houston. More than 5,400 students from public, private and home schools submitted art in Harris County and 1,700 received Gold and Silver Key awards.

Those who received Gold and Silver Key awards had their artwork displayed at Spring Street Studios in Houston. This is a remarkable achievement and milestone for emerging artists.

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