Students honored with 2019 regional writing awards

Colorado Academy Middle and Upper School students picked up seven awards from the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards in the West Region, including four Silver Key honors.

Silver Keys honor exceptional ability 

Silver Key awards recognize “stand-out works that demonstrate exceptional ability,” and Honorable Mention recognition is given for “accomplished works that show great skill and potential.” 

CA winners include Sophomore Jordan Davidson, honored with two Silver Keys for dramatic script and short story writing. She also received an Honorable Mention for poetry. Also honored with a Silver Key is Freshman Audrey Gordon for her poetry, and Senior Makayla Sileo received an Honorable Mention in poetry.

Eighth Grade student Kendall Cooper won a Silver Key in the short story category and an Honorable Mention in poetry. This is Cooper’s fifth writing award. She also placed first in the Nuclear Age Peace Poetry Foundation contest in 2017, and her poetry was published twice in prior years in Creative Communications.

Nearly a century of recognizing young talent 

Since 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have recognized the vision, ingenuity, and talent of the nation’s youth and provided opportunities for creative teens to be celebrated in both writing and art. Each year, increasing numbers of teens participate in the program—young artists and writers, filmmakers and photographers, poets and sculptors, video game artists and science fiction writers, along with countless educators who support and encourage the creative process.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. The Alliance is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to identify students with exceptional artistic and literary talent and present their remarkable work to the world through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

Through the Awards, students receive opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication, and scholarships. In 2019, students across America submitted more than 350,000 original works in 29 different categories of art and writing.