LIVINGSTON, NJ - Recently, Livingston High School (LHS) students competed at the 2014 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, a regional division of a prestigious national program that recognizes the creative talents of students. The awards presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, strive to identify, motivate and validate the next generation of artists and writers. Jurors look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.
More than $250,000 is given annually through the Scholastic Awards program in awards and scholarships to top winners and their educators. In addition, more than $8 million in scholarships is set aside each year by partners for recipients of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Seniors earning National Medals are eligible to receive scholarships through partnerships with esteemed colleges and universities. Click here to learn more!
This year, 26 LHS artists and writers were among the winners, with Oriana Tang, Christina Qiu and Grace Ming winning won national awards in this prestigious competition that counts visionaries as Sylvia Plath, Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Joyce Carol Oates, Stephen King, John Updike, Robert Redford many more as recipients.
Tang was awarded a Gold Medal and Best in Grade nationally for three poems, "After My Aunt's Funeral," "Salt," and "Jackie." She also won a Gold Medal for a short story, "Blossom," and a Silver Medal for poetry.
Qiu won a Gold Medal for a short story, "Lucy at Home," and a Silver Medal for Flash Fiction, "Jackson."
Ming won a Gold Medal in art for mixed media, "Jaipur City."
In the regional competition, for writing, Tang, Qiu, Jeanna Qiu, Jessica Li and Gregory Vuong won Gold Key awards—the highest honor in the regional competition.
In art, Ming, Peri AlRawas, Josie Catanzarite, Megan Coyne, Danielle Weider, Autumn Wickstrom, won regional Gold Key awards.
In the regional contest for writing, Tang won four Gold Key awards for poetry and short story. She won Silver Key awards for a short story and flash fiction. She also won honorable mention for a short story and personal essay/memoir.
Li won a Gold Key award for poetry, and Silver Key awards for personal essay/memoir and short story.
Christina Qiu won four Gold key Awards at the regional level, one in short story, one in poetry, two in flash fiction.
Jeanna Qiu won a Gold Key for personal memoir, "Steady as the Sun."
Vuong won a Gold Medal for flash fiction, "Vaugh's First Day."
Mallisa Vuong won a Silver Medal for flash fiction.
In the regional contest in art, AlRawas won the Gold Key for a photograph, "The Road Unknown."
Catanzarite won the Gold Key for a photograph, "Pouting Nicholas."
Coyne won the Gold Key for a photograph, "Aquaphobia."
Weider won the Gold Key for digital art, "Marine, Anytime, anywhere."
Wickstrom won the Gold Key for photography, "Vacancy."
In art, Silver Awards were won by five students: Albert Noah, Hanna Anderson, Brandi Bukowski, Katrina Descorbeth, and Angelica Patia.
LHS students receiving honorable mentions in art were: Julianna Colish, Casey Mannion, Grace Ming, Molly Nagel, Amanda Sakwa, Gianna Scheskowsky, Adina Cosden, Nina Feinberg, Jaimey Shapey, Angelie Yap, Theresa Zhang, Matida Zhuang, and David Ataide.