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Students Recognized in Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Regional winners of the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in Grades 7–12, have been announced, and 16 Pingry students took honors. Students in Grades 7-12 submitted nearly 340,000 works of art and writing, with the top 40 percent receiving regional recognition (Gold Key, Silver Key, or Honorable Mention); Gold Key works were considered for national medals. Pingry students have been winning Keys and Medals in this competition for over a decade.

Noah Bergam ’21
“Frank” (Gold Key, Short Story)
“Chasing Memes” (Honorable Mention, Critical Essay) (also the subject of his winning speech in the 2019 Dr. Robert H. LeBow ’58 Memorial Oratorical Competition)
“A Tale of Sackdom” (Honorable Mention, Flash Fiction)

Hannah Dillon ’20
“The Evolution of the Trickster” (Honorable Mention, Critical Essay)

Vicky Gu ’20
“Her Thoughts, Now Mine” (Gold Key, Painting)
“Fevered Miasma” (Gold Key, Painting)
“All in a Days Work” (Gold Key, Photography)
“A Sip of the Sun” (Gold Key, Photography)
“Guardian of All That is Divine” (Gold Key, Photography)
“Superhuman” (Silver Key, Painting)
“Cacophony” (Silver Key, Photography)
“A Kettle, Since It Is More Traditional” (Silver Key, Photography)
“They See You, Addicted” (Honorable Mention, Painting)
“The Joy of Having a Best Friend” (Honorable Mention, Painting)
“Closing Ceremony” (Honorable Mention, Photography)
“Heat” (Honorable Mention, Photography)
“Where Everything Happens” (Honorable Mention, Photography)

Felicia Ho ’19
“Out with the Old, In with the New” (Honorable Mention, Critical Essay)

Jessica Hutt ’20
“An Open Letter to Robert Bowers” (Silver Key, Personal Essay/Memoir)
“Freedom” (Honorable Mention, Journalism)

Rhea Kapur ’21
“Sweatshirt” (Honorable Mention, Photography)

Aneesh Karuppur ’21
“Wooden Flowers” (Gold Key, Photography)
“Frosted Glass” (Silver Key, Photography)
“False Moon” (Honorable Mention, Photography)

Ariel Li ’21
“Aida” (Silver Key, Drawing and Illustration)

Brian Li ’20
“Democracy, 1990-2000” (Silver Key, Critical Essay)
“Native Americans and European Settlement” (Honorable Mention, Critical Essay)

Justin Li ’21
“Silence of my Stopover” (Gold Key, Personal Essay/Memoir)
“That Guy” (Silver Key, Personal Essay/Memoir)
“The Tumor” (Silver Key, Short Story)

Kyra Li ’23
“Anxious Audition” (Silver Key, Personal Essay/Memoir)

Georgia Liu ’19
“Threads” (Gold Key, Art Portfolio)
“The Ones That Are Passed” (Gold Key, Mixed Media)
“Only Yesterday” (Gold Key, Painting)
“To Rust” (Silver Key, Mixed Media)
“Behind the Squall” (Silver Key, Mixed Media)
“Stall” (Silver Key, Painting)
“Puppeteer” (Honorable Mention, Mixed Media)
“Moving On” (Honorable Mention, Mixed Media)
“Alison” (Honorable Mention, Painting)

Isabelle Sheyfer ’20
“Submerged” (Honorable Mention, Painting)

Madeline Skapper ’20
“Illuminate” (Honorable Mention, Photography)
“A Fatal Search for Definition” (Honorable Mention, Critical Essay)

Jamie Wang ’20
“Crystalize” (Silver Key, Painting)
“State of Mind” (Silver Key, Sculpture)
“Pride” (Honorable Mention, Painting)
“Risk, Reward” (Honorable Mention, Painting)

Jessica Yatvitskiy ’21
“Family Photos” (Gold Key, Personal Essay/Memoir)

Since 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have recognized teenagers from across the country. Pingry’s students join a legacy of artists who have won Scholastic awards, including Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford, and Ken Burns. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to identify students with exceptional artistic and literary talent.

Contact: Greg Waxberg ’96, Communications Writer