STA students take home prestigious Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

January 2022

STA students had a strong showing in this year’s Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition, earning 17 regional awards. In addition, Lucia T., STA sophomore, was an American Visions Nominee for her painting titled “Taming the Horse.” All Gold Key recipients will proceed to National Adjudication.

Fine Arts

  • Gold Keys – Georgia K. and Lucia T. (two Silver Keys)
  • Silver Keys – Olivia O., Lucia T and Emma V. (two Silver Keys)
  • Honorable Mentions – Ellie B., Laura C. Iris H., Claire K., Marykate R., Isabella S., Marin S., Lucia T. and Kate U.


Georgia K. also received a Gold Key for her poem, Peachy. In addition, her poem earned second place at the Round Pier National Poetry Contest.

By Georgia K.

Golden pink and sunshine kissed is the fruit of my namesake
Sickly sweet and delicately soft: the princess of all fruits
But picked too soon its bitterness brings only heartache
And saved too long its rotten skin is no longer of use

Sweet are the peaches of Georgia
And arduous is the labor to bear them
But their loveliness makes for a
Reward more valuable than any check or gem

The royal fruit of my namesake is not without her flaws
Her unavoidable sticky juice, which makes a mess of hands and lips,
Often distracts from her deserved applause
And she lives in the shadow of fruits more favorably picked

Sneakily hidden beneath her beauty sits the rough, threatening pit
And all too short is the season of the sweetest subject

Recipients of these prestigious awards are selected by some of the foremost leaders in the visual and literary arts. Jurors look for works that exemplify the Awards’ core values, including originality, technical skills and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.

Congratulations to these students for their impressive accomplishments.

Gold Key Award and American Visions Nominee: “Taming the Horse” by Lucia T., Painting category

Gold Key Award: “Under the Sea-Pot” by Georgia K., Ceramics & Glass Category