SCGSAH students receive top honors in 2020 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Christina Vandiver

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 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:

  • Emma Rose Gowans - Gold Medal, Science Fiction/Fantasy; Silver Medal, Digital Art
  • Camryn Hambrick - Gold Medal and American Voices Medal, Humor
  • Chad Moss - Gold Medal, Personal Essay & Memoir
  • Bees Runge - Silver Medal, Poetry
  • Alyssa Wilson - Gold Medal, Poetry
  • Gracie Young - Silver Medal with Distinction, Writing Portfolio
  • Sophie Young - Gold Medal, Poetry; Gold Medal, Personal Essay & Memoir

Visual Arts medalists include:

  • Benay Daniel - Gold Medal & 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

Prior to the national competition, nearly 340,000 works were submitted to the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Region-At-Large Competition. In the Southeast region competition, representing Alabama, 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 2 American Voices and Visions nominations. All Gold Key works and five American Voices and 5 American Vision nominees are then judged in the national competition. The Scholastic Awards only selects one American Voices and one American Visions Medalist for each region at the national level.