Students Win National Art and Writing Recognition

Mar 25, 2021

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens. Notable national medal winners from years past include Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, John Updike, Joyce Carol Oates, Stephen King, Ken Burns, Truman Capote, Robert Redford and, more recently, Lena Dunham and Amanda Gorman.

Five Frisco ISD students have been selected by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers to join the Scholastic Art and Writing National Winners!

These students were first recognized as Gold Key and Regional winners earlier this year.

As Gold Key winners, they were automatically considered for national awards, including Gold Medal, Silver Medal with Distinction, Silver Medal and scholarship awards.  

As National Medalists, the students' writing and artwork will be featured in exhibitions in New York, Washington, D.C. and throughout the country in a traveling exhibit.

The students’ work will also be highlighted in the annual “The Best Teen Art,” “The Best Teen Writing” and several classroom guides provided to educators across the country.

“The endeavors of these students are a testament to the staff and opportunities in Frisco ISD that aim to provide students with multiple opportunities for success,” said Robert Draper, fine arts coordinator.

Congratulations to these students for their recognition as National Medalists!

Gold Medal Winners

  • Syeda Laiba Ali of Heritage High School

  • Katarina Horchler of Centennial High School

  • Madhalasa Iyer of Liberty High School, also a recipient of the New York Life Award

  • Campbell Williams of Independence High School

Silver Medal Winner

  • Aishwarya Kothalanka of Independence High School

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