Hargrave High School students Sophie McGregor and Kiara Molina proudly display their winning art entries.

Victoria Parker, Hargrave High School art teacher, recently announced that two of her students received awards in the 2020 Scholastic Art and Writing national art contest. Sophie McGregor, a junior, entered a painting titled “Uncensored” which received a Silver Key award. Kiara Molina, a freshman, received a Silver Key award for her illustration titled “Late Night Shenanigans” (under the instruction of Diane Taylor). In addition, four Hargrave art students received honorable mention: Kurtis Pittman, a senior, for “Act of Valor: A Video Game Idea;” Jacob Harvey, a junior, for “Cowboy Teapot” and “The Cosmic Container;” Sophie McGregor, a junior, for “Sunflower Sunrise;” and Isabella McClelland, a sophomore, for “Nostalgia.”

Those who received Silver Key awards have their artwork currently on display at Texas Art Supply in Houston. The public is invited to visit the Scholastic Art exhibit through March 16. Gold Key winners are on display at the Houston Galleria. Works were evaluated by panels of judges that included professional artists and teachers. In Harris County, more than 9,000 entries by students (grades 7-12) from 25 school districts and private schools submit artwork and approximately 600 are awarded Gold or Silver Key awards. This year’s winners will be recognized and will receive their awards at the 2020 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards of Harris County Department of Education, March 26, at The Ballroom at Bayou Place in Houston.

This is a remarkable achievement and milestone for emerging artists. The Scholastic Art and Writing national art contest is the nation’s longest-running, largest and most prestigious competition for creative teens in both art and writing. Former well-known artists and writing winners include Andy Warhol, Stephen King, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Zac Posen, Robert Redford and Joyce Carol Oates.

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