HCDE has proudly served as a regional sponsor for The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards since 1993. Established by Maurice Robinson, founder of Scholastic Books Inc., it is the largest and most prestigious recognition program and source of scholarships for creative teens in the U.S.

Each fall, area schools and districts submit students’ best artwork and writing to compete at the regional level. Entries are judged by panels of highly-qualified professionals who select Gold Key, Silver Key and Honorable Mention recipients. Gold Key winners go on to compete at the national level. More than 1,500 students receive national awards each year. Past winners include Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford and Joyce Carol Oates.

Regional Scholastic Art Award Recipients

Gold Key

Silver Key

Honorable Mention

Regional Scholastic Writing Award Recipients

Gold Key

Silver Key

Honorable Mention

American Voices and American Visions

About American Voices and American Visions:

Five works of art and five writing pieces are selected as best of show from approximately 9,000 Harris County Department of Education regional entries in the 2020 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

Each American Visions and American Voices nominee receives a cash award of $250 from HCDE. From the pool of five, a panel of jurors in New York City selects one artist from each of Scholastic’s 100 regional affiliates to receive an American Visions Medal. These medalists from throughout the nation are celebrated during national events and exhibits in New York City in June.


Selection Process:

Five works of writing and five works of art from each region are selected by local judges as American Voices & Visions nominees, who are then celebrated in local exhibitions and ceremonies. From the pool of nominees, a panel of jurors in New York City selects one writer and one artist from each region to receive an American Voices Medal or an American Visions Medal, a non-financial highest regional honor. These Medalists are celebrated during National Events and at the National Exhibition in New York City.


The American Vision Nominees Are ...

Julia Andrews

Tiffany Campbell, 17, Klein Oak High School, Klein ISD, Digital Art, “Harvey”

Lowell Ballard

Medha Fotedar, 15, Klein Collins High School, Klein ISD, Drawing and Illustration, “Stunted Growth”

Julia Andrews

Vallery Orr, 16, Memorial High School, Spring Branch ISD, Digital Art, “Disintegrated Identity”

Lowell Ballard

Adrianne Ross, 17, Clear Creek High School, Clear Creek ISD, Digital Art, “Programmed Discovery”

Julia Andrews

Anthony Abarca, 17, Carver High School, Aldine ISD, Photography, “Love Affair”

The American Voices Nominees Are ...

Chloe Beaudreau, 16, Carnegie Vanguard High School, Houston ISD, Poetry, “Photo Album” -

“Silent darkness looms as she curls her pale neck and gentle arms towards the only symbol of hope left in the dark eternity of space.”


Joshua Danziger, 14, Emery Weiner School, Private, Critical Essay, “Discrimination Without Delineation” -

“They say Anti Semitism is the ‘oldest hatred,’a disease that can never be eradicated and that metastasizes over time.”


Aditya Namjoshi, 17, Dawson High School, Pearland ISD, Humor, “The Americanized Times of Hindoostan” -

"The Indian-American Scholastic Guild (IASG) recently found that hundreds of Indian American parents are applying for name-changes for their kids. This revelation comes after thousands of students taking the annual Advanced Placement exam struggled to bubble in their lengthy first and last names on a time crunch."


James Sy, 16, St. John’s School, Personal Essay/Memoir, “Thrown to the Sharks” -

“Many nights passed just like this, where the chants of anti-communist protesters and advertisements on LCD billboards filled the night


Grace Yin, 16, Tomball Memorial High School, Tomball ISD, Poetry, “Birds” -

“Watching the few stars pass by overhead, wishing for a better tomorrow. If I could reach up now, and wipe away all my mistakes, would I see past’s visage again? Could I start anew? If I reached out a hand, and wiped away the stars, would the open sky claim me as her own?”