Chi Nguyen
Chi Nguyen, a senior at Sonoran Science Academy, was recognized for her outstanding artwork through The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. courtesy photo

Sonoran Science Academy senior Chi Nguyen is the recipient of a Silver Key Medal Award, for her pencil self-portrait drawing, from The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

“Our school is very proud of Chi and her artwork,” said Paula Hanson, a Sonoran Science Academy art teacher. “The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards offers students a unique opportunity to showcase their art at the national level. This can be a defining moment in a young artist’s life. Chi is a brilliant young lady who excels at all she does because of her hard work and determination.”

Scholastic received 185,000 submissions of art and writing, and 10,000 teens were selected as Gold Key recipients, the top regional honor. From the group of 10,000, 1,500 were selected to receive National Medals.

The nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, which administers the awards, will honor national winners at a special ceremony at the world-famous Carnegie Hall in New York City on May 31.

Select award-winning art and writing will be exhibited at the World Financial Center Courtyard Gallery in Lower Manhattan from June 1-19.

The annual awards competition is open to students in grades 7-12 who submit works of art and writing for regional adjudication by a panel of local jurors comprised of artists, authors, educators and other arts professionals. Works are judged on originality, technical skill and the emergence of a personal vision or voice and those receiving top honors are then submitted for national adjudication.

The 88-year-old national program recognizes outstanding creative teenagers and offers scholarship opportunities for graduating high school seniors.

Since 1923, the awards have recognized more than 13 million students and made available more than $23 million in scholarships.

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