MONTCLAIR, NJ - Gov. Livingston students Isabelle Collins, Olivia Tang and Alicia Wintemberg are among the "Gold Key" medal winners of the 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards recognized at The Montclair Art Museum on February 15. Their work will advance to the national competition. 4,600 North Jersey high school students entered this competition and 266 students won gold keys.

The 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards were announced by the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. This is the country’s longest-running and most prestigious award and recognition program for creative teens in grade 7–12. The students all submitted their work to the competition through the Montclair Art Museum.

The Montclair Art Museum is the sole affiliate sponsor of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards in New Jersey, the 10th year MAM has served in this capacity. The Museum administers the regional awards annually in February and recipients of the highest level of regional award, Gold Key, move on to the national competition. 

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"The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is an 91-year-old national program that identifies and develops creative teenagers and offers scholarship opportunities for graduating high school seniors," according to their website. The competition at MAM focuses on visual art. Its area of service includes the counties of Bergen, Essex, Passaic, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren.

It has been said, this contest has recognized the work of Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Robert Redford and Truman Capote with "Gold Key" awards.