Students Earn National Recognition in 2018 Scholastic Art Awards Program

News Release
March 14, 2018

Fairfax County Public Schools students were recognized with 35 national medals in visual arts in the 2018 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards program. National medalists will be celebrated at an awards ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City in June. Select national award winning works will be included in an exhibition in New York, and a traveling exhibition over the coming year.

student artwork
Shadows by Rachel Jeong, Chantilly High School; American Visions Award in Drawing.

Art submissions are entered in categories including architecture and industrial design, art portfolio, ceramics and glass, comic art, design, digital art, drawing and illustration, editorial cartoon, fashion, film and animation, future new, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and video game design. More than 300,000 students participate in the program across the country.  

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, presented by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, is the largest, longest-running recognition program of its kind in the United States. Established in 1923, the awards have recognized students who have become some of our nation’s most celebrated artists, including Stephen Kin, Sylvia Plath, Richard Avedon, Robert Indiana, Phillip Pearlstein, and Andy Warhol. 

A full list of winners can be found below.

For more information, contact Aaron Stratten at 

First Name Last Name Title National Medal Special Acheivement Award Category School
Rachel Jeong Shadows Gold Medal American Visions Medal Drawing & Illustration Chantilly High School
Ashley Benitez Social Media Gold Medal   Photography Falls Church High School
Rachel Choo Oh No, My Nose!! Gold Medal   Drawing & Illustration Rocky Run Middle School
Hazar Elbayya Spirited Gold Medal   Painting Oakton High School
Andrea Gonzalez Change Gold Medal   Photography Chantilly High School
Hannah Hwang Game Master Gold Medal   Drawing & Illustration Rocky Run Middle School
Joanne Lee A Forgotten Unforgettable Woman Gold Medal   Mixed Media Centreville High School
Regina Martinez a little puggy Gold Medal   Future New Stuart High School
Harrison Roderick A Teacher's Life Gold Medal   Photography Chantilly High School
Kristupas Vorobjovas Overworked Gold Medal   Sculpture Lanier Middle School
Sophie Wilson Body Illusion Gold Medal   Future New South Lakes High School
Zachary Wilson Delta ARC  Beginnings Gold Medal   Video Game Design South County High School
Salem Alhussaini Pleiades Silver Medal   Ceramics & Glass Westfield High School
Reyane Ashtar Levántense Silver Medal   Film & Animation Langley High School
Reyane Ashtar The Magic of Storytelling Silver Medal   Art Portfolio Langley High School
Isabelle D'Souza Insecurities Silver Medal   Art Portfolio Chantilly High School
Sky Gisin The Window Silver Medal   Photography Stone Middle School
Teodora Hryshchyshyn Dual Identities Silver Medal   Art Portfolio Madison High School
Amy Huang Kafka on the Shore Silver Medal   Design Lake Braddock Secondary School
Julia Kindle Parenting in 2017 Silver Medal   Editorial Cartoon sponsored by The Herb Block Foundation Robinson Secondary School
Ben Mataloni Triplets of Terror Silver Medal   Sculpture South County High School
Vy Nguyen This Dress is Trash Silver Medal   Future New Frost Middle School
Esther Park Complexity of Mind/ Unfolding of Mind Silver Medal   Drawing & Illustration Oakton High School
Sharon Park Clarity Silver Medal   Drawing & Illustration Westfield High School
Taylor Petteway Confidently Lost Silver Medal   Art Portfolio West Potomac High School
Claire Phan This Dress is Trash Silver Medal   Future New Frost Middle School
Aisha Qureshi 5. Bride Silver Medal   Photography Westfield High School
Solveig Reda Beth's Truck Silver Medal   Digital Art Herndon High School
Ein Sim Cut It Out Silver Medal   Drawing & Illustration Chantilly High School
Seita Takanashi Seita Takanashi Portfolio Silver Medal   Art Portfolio Stuart High School
Claire Vroom I'll Be Watching Silver Medal   Sculpture Cooper Middle School
Mary Waclawski Reflective Pentagons Silver Medal   Photography Madison High School
Emma Wright Burke Lake Silver Medal   Painting Woodson High School
Zhiyan Xing New York China Town Silver Medal   Painting Langley High School
Minkyong Song Through the Window Silver Medal with Distinction Silver Medal with Distinction Portfolio Art Portfolio Mclean High School