Students win national art, writing awards

By Candice Navi

Melanie Chan ’12, Maddie Lear ’13 and Jack Mankiewicz ’09 won national gold and silver awards in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition.

Lear’s photo, “True,” is a close up of Zelda Wengrod ’13 taken at the Santa Monica Pier.

“Her expression is wise, but the photo brings on a kind of intense serious feeling, like she’s somehow in pain,” Lear said.

All submissions were either sent by mail or uploaded onto, which allows all the artists to see and comment on each others’ photos and artistic works of different mediums from students across the country.

“It’s like MySpace or Facebook where they comment on your work and request to be your friend,” Lear said.

Chan received a gold award for her poem, “Treacherous Steps,” which personifies the dangers of the ocean.

For Chan, the submission process was fairly simple compared to the visual arts’ process.

“We just had to submit our poem online at the scholastic website and they announced about two months back who the keys were,” said Chan. “The people who got gold keys advanced to be considered for national awards.”

Jack Mankiewicz ’09 won a silver award for his play “Revelation,” which is about one man’s revelations over the course of the day.

“All these revelations are projected on the screen behind him,” Mankiewicz said. “He first doesn’t want to go to college and then he decides he doesn’t want to be with his girlfriend.”

Of the 140,000 people who originally submitted pieces to the contest, only 1,000 got national awards. A national ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City on June 4 will recognize award-winning students.