Houston, TX – Two St. Agnes Academy students have been awarded National Scholastics Medals: Clara Moore with a Silver Key with Distinction for her senior photography portfolio, and Kate Moger with a silver medal for her poetry. Students will have the opportunity to travel to Carnegie Hall in May to accept their awards at the 91st annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. More than 800 teens from 47 states, along with their families and teachers, are expected to attend the celebration, out of more than 250,000 submissions.
“Clara is the first student we have had in many years to win such an award,” said photography teacher Terry Suprean. “This honor comes after three years of hard work in the visual arts, and entitles her work to be shown in the National Scholastics art exhibition.
English Department Chair Connie Bitto said “This places Kate Moger in the top 1% of submissions and is in addition to her receiving a Gold Key in visual arts at the regional level for her photography.”
Submissions are in 28 categories including dramatic script, journalism, humor, novel-writing and science-fiction, as well as painting, sculpture, photography, fashion design, film and animation, and video game design. Each student work was blindly adjudicated, first locally through the 116 affiliates of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, and then nationally by panels of judges comprised of renowned artists, authors, educators, and industry professionals.
Works were judged on originality, technical skill, and the emergence of personal vision or voice. More than 1,600 outstanding students in grades 7–12 from throughout the nation, as well as students in American schools abroad, were chosen to receive national medals. Select honors provide students with cash awards totaling $200,000, and graduating seniors who received national medals are now eligible for an additional $8.5 million in scholarships from more than 60 colleges, universities, and art institutes across the country.