Six STMA High School students have been identified as the most talented young artists and writers in the nation and earned national recognition in the 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Nearly 350,000 works of art and writing were submitted and less than 1% were recognized at the national level. STMA had the most overall national awards in the State of Minnesota with six students earning national recognition. STMA students who earned national recognition include: Claire Fredrickson, Sydney Gifford, Lucas Greenwaldt, Gianna Haseman, Madison Jurkovski, and Caden Sigerud. The six students have been invited to attend a ceremony at the world-famous Carnegie Hall on Thursday, June 7.
“These six students embody STMA’s tradition of excellence and I couldn’t be prouder of them for achieving these accolades,” said Superintendent Ann-Marie Foucault. “STMA fully embraces the arts and recognizes that a vibrant and robust arts education program is critical to a complete and balanced education for all students.” She added, “An education in the arts is essential to the district achieving its mission of developing effective communicators, self-directed learners, purposeful thinkers, and responsible citizens.” “I am grateful for our hard working and dedicated art teachers for inspiring students and creating a high-quality E-12 art program.”
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the longest running, most prestigious competition and largest source of scholarships for creative teenagers in the United States. The Awards program was created in 1923 by Maurice R. “Robbie” Robinson, founder of Scholastic Corporation, and has been administered by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers since 1994. It has an impressive legacy and a noteworthy roster of past winners including Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, and Joyce Carol Oates and many others. Established to ensure that literary and artistic talent were recognized in schools and communities across the country, the program began as a small writing contest; today, it offers recognition in 27 diverse categories including animation, architecture, dramatic script, fashion, painting, photography, poetry, sculpture and video games. The Awards are open to all students in grades 7 through 12 from public, private and home schools throughout the United States.