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Governor’s School students receive top honors in 2020 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

There's gold (and silver) in them there (Upstate) hills


Out of 18,000 works of creative writing and visual art competing in the national 2020 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, 12 students from the SC Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities won 18 medals. For the first time in the school’s history, a creative writing and a visual arts student both received the best-in-show awards—the American Voices and Visions Medals—representing the entire southeast region. All of these students will be recognized at the 2020 National Ceremony at Carnegie Hall in June. The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, is the nation's longest-running and most prestigious scholarship and recognition program for young artists and writers in grades 7–12, and serves as a launch pad for furthering students' future success by providing them with access to scholarship programs and workshops, as well as the ability to have their work published and displayed in regional and national exhibitions. The Governor’s School’s Creative Writing medalists include:
  • Camryn Hambrick - Gold Medal and American Voices Medal, Humor
  • Alyssa Wilson - Gold Medal, Poetry
  • Sophie Young - Gold Medal, Poetry; Gold Medal, Personal Essay & Memoir
  • Emma Rose Gowans - Gold Medal, Science Fiction/Fantasy; Silver Medal, Digital Art
  • Chad Moss - Gold Medal, Personal Essay & Memoir
  • Bees Runge - Silver Medal, Poetry
  • Gracie Young - Silver Medal with Distinction, Writing Portfolio
Visual Arts medalists include:
  • Benay Daniel - Gold Medal and American Visions Medal, Film & Animation
  • Honoka Segi - Gold Medal, Design
  • Lucy Siegler - Gold Medal, Design; Gold Medal, Comic Art; Gold Medal, Comic Art
  • Wylder Voegele - Gold Medal, Sculpture
  • John Wright - Silver Medal, Art Portfolio
In the fall, nearly 340,000 works were submitted to the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards from affiliates and region-at-large competitions. In the Southeast Region-At-Large competition, representing Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, Governor’s School students received a total of 138 awards, including 30 Gold Keys and two American Voices and Visions nominations. All Gold Key works and five American Voices and five American Vision nominees from each region are then judged in the national competition. The American Voices and Visions Medals represent the highest regional honors and are given to one writer and one visual artist from each region. This year, both of these medals went to Governor’s School students. The SC Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, located in Greenville, is a public, residential high school that provides pre-professional training in the areas of creative writing, dance, drama, and music. For the past twenty years, students from across the state have been refining their talents in a master-apprentice community while receiving a nationally recognized academic education.

About SC Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities

Located in Greenville, the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities (SCGSAH) cultivates young artists from across the state through pre-professional training in the areas of creative writing, dance, drama, music and visual arts. In the public, residential high school, students refine their talents in a master-apprentice community while receiving a nationally recognized academic education. Summer programs are available to rising 7th-12th grade students, and SCGSAH serves as a resource to all teachers and students in South Carolina, offering comprehensive outreach programs designed to bring together artists, educators, community organizations and schools. SCGSAH.org

S.C. students snag national awards

17 schools win 35 golds, 32 silvers


The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 7–12.

This year, students submitted nearly 340,000 works of visual art and writing to the Scholastic Awards; nearly 90,000 works were recognized at the regional level and celebrated in local exhibitions and ceremonies. The top art and writing at the regional level were moved onto the national stage, where more than 2,700 students earned National Medals. National Medalists and their educators were celebrated at the National Ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

South Carolina was well-represented among the national medalists, with 17 schools earning at least one medal:

  • Total # of Awards: 69
  • Total Golds: 35
  • Total Silvers: 32
  • 1 One Earth Award (Dutch Fork Middle School)
  • 1 Best-in-Grade (Charleston County School of the Arts)
  • 17 Schools

Christina Vandiver/S.C. Governor's School for the Arts & Humanities for assisted with this story. Their students won seven golds and seven silvers. Read more about Governor's School's winners here.

S.C. Governor’s School for the Arts student awarded national writing prize

Lowcountry student artists, writers claim 24 Scholastic awards From the Charleston Post and Courier Article by Adam Parker
The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards is a 92-year-old institution that recognizes talented young artists and writers. One of the top winners this year was Charleston native Grant McClure. In 2014, the competition received around 300,000 entries from students, including hundreds from South Carolina teens. About 1,900 across the U.S. were selected as national-level winners, according to Scholastic’s Brittany Sullivan. And 16 high school seniors were awarded the Portfolio Gold Medal (eight for writing, eight for visual art), which is accompanied by a $10,000 cash scholarship. Grant McClureMcClure, a senior at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts in Greenville, was one of the 16. He won in the writing category. He hopes to spend his $10,000 at Wofford College, a private school in Spartanburg with a reputable creative writing program. Or maybe he’ll attend Clemson, he said. He will likely major in environmental studies and minor in writing. McClure attended Charleston Charter School for Math and Science for his first two years of high school and played varsity basketball there. His father, Arnie McClure, is a local architect; his mother, Mitzi, is a registered nurse. Growing up near Colonial Lake, McClure took note of Charleston’s beauty, culture and contradictions, he said. His interest in peeling back the veil to explore the nuances and conflict beneath the surface informs his writing. He has written short fiction, poetry, personal essays, mysteries and more, he said. Currently he’s working on a novella, focusing on character development. Of 44 national winners from South Carolina, 24 are from the Charleston metropolitan area, and 19 of those are Gold and Silver medal winners at Charleston County School of the Arts. Local Gold Medal winners include: Zoe Abedon (SOA, 12th grade); Arden Dodge (SOA, 8th grade); Kathryn Dorn (SOA, 7th grade); Maclean Hueske (SOA, 8th grade); Jessica Leiker (SOA, 9th grade); Julia Lynn (SOA, 11th grade); Carson Peaden (SOA, 9th grade, Best in Grade award for poetry); and Courtney Wickstrom (SOA, 9th grade, Best in Grade award for poetry). Wando High School senior Henry Ballou won a Silver Medal with Distinction for his art portfolio. Silver medals were awarded to 13 others at Goose Creek High School, Ashley Hall and SOA.

Governor’s School creative writing students continue to excel

From the Greenville News: Student writer adds to Governor's School storied winning streak, takes $10,000 prize

For the fifth year in a row, a South Carolina student has seen her name go from the first line of a school essay to the top of an acceptance letter from the Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities and then to a truly remarkable place — the “pay to the order of” line of a $10,000 check. Jackson TriceSeventeen-year-old Jackson Trice is the latest in a years-long run of Governor’s School creative writers who have taken home one of the most prestigious and coveted awards for young authors — the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards gold medal for writing portfolio. Eight such medals were awarded this year. In past years, that number was seven. From a creative writing department of fewer than 30 students, the tiny residential school tucked on a hillside overlooking Falls Park has had at least one top winner every year since 2010 and a total of 10 winners over the last nine years. Read the complete article.
  From SCNow.com (Florence Morning News): Florence student receives prestigious creative writing award nomination
A local student has been nominated for the country’s most prestigious art award for artistically gifted high school students. Shelly HucksFlorence resident Shelly Hucks, a senior at South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities (SCGSAH) in Greenville, has been nominated in the area of creative writing and said she is “very grateful and honored to be chosen” as a candidate for the Presidential Scholar in the Arts honor. “It means that everything that I have been working for has really been paying off,” Hucks said. “Being named a candidate for this honor has given me the confidence to pursue creative writing as a career option.” Winners of the Presidential Scholar in the Arts honor will be announced in May. Read the complete article.