Olivia Waters and Isabella Miller earned national silver media awards

2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards honors go to two district students
Posted on 03/14/2019
"Yousup" drawing by Olivia Waters

Thursday, March 15, 2019

Beaufort County high school students earn
national recognition in arts, writing contest

BEAUFORT – A pair of Beaufort County School District students have earned national honors in the 2019 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition.

Olivia Waters from Hilton Head Island High School earned a national silver media for her drawing entitled “Yousup,” and Isabella Miller from May River High School earned a national silver media for her poem “What do you see?”

Waters and Miller had earlier been among the district’s 43 Southeast regional honorees in the competition and among eight district regional winners whose work advanced to the national-level competition.

The prestigious Scholastic Art & Writing Awards describes itself as the nation’s longest-running recognition program for creative teens and the largest source of scholarships for young artists and writers.  Students in grades 7 through 12 submitted more than 350,000 works of art and writing in 29 categories.  Winning students earn opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication and scholarships.

“We’re so proud of these incredibly talented students,” said Chief Instructional Services Officer Bonnie Almond.  “They’ve brought recognition not only to themselves and their high schools but also to the entire district.”

Judges evaluate student artwork based on originality, technical skill and the emergence of a personal vision or voice.  Former winners of Scholastic Awards include Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Sylvia Plath and filmmaker Ken Burns.