Twenty talented students from Booker T. Washington Magnet High School earned 34 distinct awards in the Visual Arts categories in the recent Southeast Region-At-Large Scholastic Art & Writing Awards annual competition. Accomplished art and literary jurors review thousands of submissions to select Gold, Silver and Honorable Mention winners. BTW students earned 12 Gold Key awards, 9 Silver Key awards and 13 Honorable Mentions. Regional Gold Key work is currently being considered in New York City for national recognition. National Medalists will be announced on March 13, 2019.
The BTW visual artists compete with student submissions from across Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. “I am so proud of all of the BTW Visual Arts students, who work long and hard to create the pieces they submit to a panel for judgment. It’s hard to willingly put yourself in a position to be judged,” said Rachel Dudley, Visual Arts teacher at BTW.
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is the nation’s largest, longest running, most prestigious visual and literary arts program in the country that recognizes artistic accomplishments of students in grades 7 – 12. Earning recognition in this forum is a symbol of excellence that can bolster resumes as well as college and scholarship applications. Last year, Jordan Brazzell was selected as a national Gold Key winner and was recognized at Carnegie Hall in New York for this achievement.
The 2019 BTW Gold Key student winners are: Zoe Davis, Yaelyn Ha, Jazmyne Isaac, Leonard Jefferson, Alanna Johnson, Erika Lewis (x 2), Erica Luckie, Megan Myrick (x 2), Emily Turner, and Annie Xia. The BTW Silver Key winners are: Aubry Askew, Emily Beaudry (x 2), Kylee Christianson, Ryan Grant, Jazmyne Isaac, Leonard Jefferson, Laci LaVoy, and Erica Luckie. The Honorable Mention winners are: Caitlin Campbell, Kylee Christianson (x 2), Zoe Davis, Alexis Day, Yaelyn Ha, Jazmyne Isaac, Alexandria Jenkins, Alanna Johnson, Katherine Myrick (x 2), Baylie Tullo, and Annie Xia.
F.A.M.E. (Friends of Arts Magnet Education) is a 501(C)3 organization with a mission to support the students and faculty of Booker T. Washington Magnet High School. Donations may be made through the F.A.M.E. Board website at www.btwfameboard.org. BTW has been ranked in the top 5 schools in Alabama and in the top 5% nationally by U.S. News and World Report and Niche.com for over ten consecutive years.