Students' Creative Sparks of Genius Recognized by the  NYC Scholastic Art & Writing Competition!
Students' Creative Sparks of Genius Recognized by the NYC Scholastic Art & Writing Competition!

Photo credit: Arthur Palaci Zani’s '19 Gold Key award-winning photo

Congratulations to Dwight’s 2019 New York City Scholastic Art & Writing Competition award winners!

The prestigious Scholastic Art & Writing awards, launched in 1923, recognize the vision, ingenuity, and talent of our nation’s youth, and provide opportunities for creative teens and their works to be celebrated. Judges select student art and writing that best exhibit originality, technical skill, and a compelling personal voice or vision. 

Our students compete in the New York City regional competition, one of the most competitive in the U.S. This year, over 4,000 students in grades 7-12 submitted nearly 11,000 works, and 12 creative Lions are on the roster of winners — with eight key awards and eight honorable mentions among them. They join the ranks of illustrious past winners such as Andy Warhol, Cy Twombly, Sylvia Plath, Joyce Carol Oates, and Franklin alumnus Truman Capote, to name just a few.  

Recipients of art awards:

  • Gabriela de Mendonca Gomes '19: Honorable Mention (printmaking)
  • Sandy Li '21: Gold Key (design)
  • Arthur Palaci Zani '19: Gold Key (photography), Honorable Mention (architecture/industrial design)

Recipients of writing awards:

  • Anish Bardhan '20: Gold Key (poetry)
  • Nefeli Brandhorst '20: Honorable Mention (personal essay/memoir)
  • Fiona Casson '19: Silver Key (poetry), Honorable Mention (humor)
  • Gabriela de Mendonca Gomes '19: Silver Key (writing portfolio), two Honorable Mentions (critical essay, short story)
  • Isabella Halpern '21: Honorable Mention (personal essay/memoir)
  • Marcello Massone '19: three Honorable Mentions (poetry and flash fiction)
  • Sara Piao '21: Gold Key (novel writing)
  • Gabriela Kovarsky Rott '19: Silver Key (short story); Honorable Mention (poetry)
  • Estella Zacharia '19: Gold Key (personal essay/memoir); Honorable Mention (poetry)

Special congrats go to senior Gabriela de Mendonca Gomes, who won awards in four separate categories across art and writing, breaking the Dwight record for the number of Scholastic awards received by a single student!

We also wish our Gold Key award recipients — Sandy ‘22, Arthur ’19, Anish ‘20, Sara ‘22, and Estella ‘19 — the very best of luck, as they automatically advance to the national level of competition.  Additionally, their art and writing will be part of a special exhibit of New York City Gold Key winners at the Metropolitan Museum of Art from March 23-May 28, following an opening reception on Friday, March 22!

We’re incredibly proud to see our students’ sparks of genius blazing so brightly!

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