Release Date: 2/9/2017
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BCPS students earn 536 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

More than in 2016 or 2015

TOWSON, MD. – Baltimore County Public Schools’ students earned 536 regional 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. This awards program is among the most prestigious high school arts recognition programs in the nation.

BCPS students from 10 high schools and two middle schools earned a total of 172 Gold Key, 176 Silver Key, and 188 Honorable Mention awards in the program. Students from Catonsville, Eastern Technical, George Washington Carver Center, Hereford, Overlea, Parkville, Patapsco, Perry Hall, Sparrows Point, and Towson high schools and Perry Hall and Sudbrook Magnet middle schools were represented with award winners. This surpassed the school system’s performance in 2016 when students won 483 awards and 2015 when students won 330 awards.

“We are so proud of these students and their teachers and administrators for demonstrating excellence in art and art education," said BCPS Superintendent Dr. S. Dallas Dance. “Their accomplishments reflect the high value our school system places on the fine arts and our commitment to quality arts instruction for all students as a way to nurture the whole student and develop a wealth of 21st century skills."

Sherri Fisher, the school system’s visual arts coordinator added, “It takes considerable time to prepare and submit artwork and portfolios. We thank the teachers and students for taking the extra time to do this, and we join them in celebrating the incredible creative and artistic abilities of the young artists across BCPS."

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, sponsored by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, began in 1923 to honor talented writers and artists in Grades 7 - 12. Of those works reviewed by professionals in visual and literary arts, students earned Honorable Mention, Silver Keys, or Gold Keys in regional adjudication. Works designated as Gold Keys are currently receiving a national-level review; the national awards will be released to student artists and writers later this spring.

Since its founding, the Awards program has identified the early promise of some of our nation’s most exceptional visionaries. Alumni include artists Andy Warhol, Philip Pearlstein, and Cy Twombly; writers Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Ned Vizzini, and Joyce Carol Oates; photographer Richard Avedon; actors Frances Farmer, Robert Redford, Alan Arkin, Lena Dunham, and John Lithgow; fashion designer Zac Posen; and filmmakers Stan Brakhage, Richard Linklater, and Ken Burns.

For more information about the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, please visit the following website:

A list of all BCPS students who received regional Gold Key, Silver Key, or Honorable Mention awards from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards program can be found at

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