Interlochen students receive regional Scholastic Art & Writing recognition

On Jan. 16, the annual Scholastic Arts & Writing Awards announced their West Central Michigan 2017 Art Award recipients. Interlochen Arts Academy was once again well-represented among the West Central Michigan recipients.

Creative Writing took home an impressive 90 awards. Nineteen writers received 26 Gold Key awards, 32 Silver Key awards and 32 honorable mentions for works in a variety of categories including poetry, personal essay/memoir, short story, dramatic script, sci-fi/fantasy, critical essay, flash fiction, journalism and humor.

In addition, Interlochen Arts Academy Creative Writing students received all five American Voices and Visions award nominations. Only five works, across all genres evaluated by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, are selected to receive this best-in-show prize in each region. Seniors Lizzy Lemieux, Alexa Curnutte, Olivia Alger and Lola Todman all received American Voices and Visions award nominations; Lemieux had two works nominated to complete the Academy’s sweep of the nominations.

The Department of Visual Arts added an additional 118 awards to Interlochen Arts Academy’s total haul. Thirty-seven Visual Arts students received 41 Gold Key awards, 32 Silver Key awards, and 45 honorable mentions. Bin Quan, Nicholas Winstead and Qinxi Yu all received nominations for the American Voices and Visions Award.

Since 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have recognized the vision, ingenuity and talent of the nation's youth, and provided opportunities for creative teens to be celebrated. The Awards are presented by The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, whose mission is to identify students with exceptional artistic and literary talent and present their remarkable work to the world through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Students receive opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication and scholarship.