2023 LCPS Winners of the Scholastic Awards Region-at-Large East


LCPS students made their mark on the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Over 100 students in grades 9-12 earned recognitions. Twenty-eight students were named National Scholastic Writing Program award winners.  They received a total of 37 awards, including five Gold Key awards, 10 Silver Key awards and 21 Honorable Mention awards.  Seventy-nine students earned 113 awards in the Region-at-Large East Scholastic Art Awards, resulting in 18 Gold Keys, 31 Silver Keys and 64 Honorable Mention Awards. 

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards program was founded in 1923 and is the  longest-running recognition program for creative teens in the United States. The 2023 regional winners and guests, teachers and families will receive invitations to the D.C. Metro Writing and Art Region 2023 Award Ceremonies in early March.  

For a full list of the winners, visit the Writopia Lab website.

Art Writing Award Winners

GOLD KEY AWARDS

NAME

CATEGORY

WORK TITLE

SCHOOL

TEACHER

Nadia Vuong

Drawing & Illustration

Something's Fishy

Briar Woods HS

Margaret McDyre

Maddie Schwenke

Mixed Media

Mer-Noodles

Broad Run HS

Deidre Knight

Sheriden Lee

Photography

Bullfight in Modern Day Madrid

Heritage HS

Lindsay Combs

Cailyn Goodfriend

Printmaking

Girl's Bathroom

Lightridge HS

Jim Haller

Simone Brown

Digital Art

Pomegranate Childhood

John Champe HS

Brittany Ebhardt

Simone Brown

Digital Art

What I Used To Be

John Champe HS

Brittany Ebhardt

Mairen Ruby

Printmaking

Working Hands

Lightridge HS

Jim Haller

Katherine Garvey

Sculpture

A Look into Parasociality

Loudoun County HS

Stephanie Woshner

Christina Baltimore

Photography

Fully Tuned

Loudoun Valley HS

Matthew Herbert

Samantha Bielawa

Photography

The Golden Kickflip

Loudoun Valley HS

Matthew Herbert

Lola Jane Hansen

Photography

Shadow

Loudoun Valley HS

Matthew Herbert

Matthew Kakol

Photography

Smokey River

Loudoun Valley HS

Matthew Herbert

Delaney Sullivan

Photography

Fern by River

Loudoun Valley HS

Matthew Herbert

Karwaan Kotwal

Photography

Now and Before

Potomac Falls HS

Deborah Cooper

Cade Mahler

Digital Art

Hands Up

Potomac Falls HS

Elizabeth Chodrow

Erin Ternovski

Ceramics & Glass

Herr Herring the Red Herring

Potomac Falls HS

Elizabeth Chodrow

Lilia Gahche

Drawing & Illustration

Neighborhood

Rock Ridge HS

Heathre Mills

Sahana Shankar

Painting

Wonder

Stone Bridge HS

Kandyce Blackstock

 

SILVER KEY

NAME

CATEGORY

WORK TITLE

SCHOOL

TEACHER

Avery Maltese

Painting

Permanent

Briar Woods HS

Margaret McDyre

Meghana Mekala

Drawing & Illustration

Colors Through Glass

Briar Woods HS

Margaret McDyre

Jes Weaver

Drawing & Illustration

Running Out of TIme

Briar Woods HS

Margaret McDyre

Ashley Shortnacy

Drawing & Illustration

Trapped in the Screens

Dominion HS

Elena Murphy

Renata Wolf

Drawing & Illustration

Two Hooligans

Freedom HS

Barrett Disse-Garrison

Jeongeun Park

Painting

Holiday Shopping

Freedom HS

Barrett Disse-Garrison

Anjila Sofya

Photography

Self As Image: Eraser Shavings

Freedom HS

Colleen Hilliker

Sandy Yang

Painting

Color of Memories

Freedom HS

Colleen Hilliker

Sandy Yang

Painting

Perfect Life?

Freedom HS

Colleen Hilliker

Sandy Yang

Painting

Unrestrained Dreams

Freedom HS

Colleen Hilliker

Sheridan Lee

Photography

Valencia Frozen in Time

Heritage HS

Lindsay Combs

Pooja Adelli

Drawing & Illustration

Reflection

Lightridge HS

Jim Haller

Cailyn Goodfriend

Film & Animation

Daily Battle

Lightridge HS

Jim Haller

Samah Nassiri

Printmaking

Birthday

Lightridge HS

Jim Haller

Jorge Berumen

Photography

Stadium

Loudoun Valley HS

Matthew Herbert

Samantha Bielawa

Photography

She/They

Loudoun Valley HS

Matthew Herbert

Connor Ellis

Photography

Web of Mind

Loudoun Valley HS

Matthew Herbert

Emma Imboden

Photography

Summer Reading

Loudoun Valley HS

Matthew Herbert

Matthew Kakol

Photography

Hope

Loudoun Valley HS

Matthew Herbert

Amadea Omotola

Photography

Soft

Loudoun Valley HS

Matthew Herbert

Hollyn Wills

Photography

Into the Night

Loudoun Valley HS

Matthew Herbert

Saba Banaii

Comic Art

A Chess Match

Potomac Falls HS

Deborah Cooper

Saba Banaii

Drawing & Illustration

Warming Up A Cold Evening

Potomac Falls HS

Deborah Cooper

Cade Mahler

Design

Smoker

Potomac Falls HS

Elizabeth Chodrow

Gabriela Maldonado

Painting

Perplexed

Potomac Falls HS

Elizabeth Chodrow

Destiny Zeng

Digital Art

Bully

Potomac Falls HS

Elizabeth Chodrow

Elizabeth Quinn

Painting

Family Ties

Riverside HS

Augusta Dadiego

Samantha Widjaja

Comic Art

A Deep and Dark Void

Riverside HS

Christina Corbo

Lilia Gahche

Drawing & Illustration

Village

Rock Ridge HS

Heathre Mills

Sahana Shankar

Drawing & Illustration

Retrograde

Stone Bridge HS

Kandyce Blackstock

McKenna Fox

Mixed Media

Morning Routine

Tuscarora HS

Katie Hancher

 

HONORABLE MENTION

NAME

CATEGORY

WORK TITLE

SCHOOL

TEACHER

Maria Chica

Painting

Security System

Briar Woods HS

Margaret McDyre

Nicholas Ching

Drawing & Illustration

Frog Parade

Briar Woods HS

Margaret McDyre

Nicholas Ching

Digital Art

Memory

Briar Woods HS

Margaret McDyre

Melissa Cho

Painting

Mind

Briar Woods HS

Jennifer Drewiske

Natalie Schmidt

Photography

The Brushes Home

Briar Woods HS

Margaret McDyre

Angela Tao

Painting

Ace of Hearts

Briar Woods HS

Margaret McDyre

Angela Tao

Drawing & Illustration

Peaches & Meningitis

Briar Woods HS

 

Alma Banks

Drawing & Illustration

Unraveled

Dominion HS

Shannon Pillera

Karen Circle

Drawing & Illustration

Minimalized Self-Portrait

Dominion HS

Shannon Pillera

Kate Kershaw

Photography

Off Season

Dominion HS

Shannon Pillera

Jessica Lee

Drawing & Illustration

Observational Portrait

Dominion HS

Shannon Pillera

Jessica Lee

Drawing & Illustration

Whale

Dominion HS

Holly Armstrong

Keegan Mason

Drawing & Illustration

Is This Real?

Dominion HS

Elena Murphy

Matthew Passaro

Art Portfolio

Emotions

Dominion HS

Shannon Pillera

Drew Peterson

Digital Art

Mirror Eyes

Dominion HS

Shannon Pillera

Jeongeun Park

Painting

Human Nature

Freedom HS

Barrett Disse-Garrison

Sandy Yang

Painting

Comfort Zone

Freedom HS

Colleen Hilliker

Sheridan Lee

Photography

Summer in Toledo

Heritage HS

Lindsay Combs

Denise Mayor

Drawing & Illustration

Nostalgia

Independence HS

Patrick Green

Naina Islam

Digital Art

Antique Store

John Champe HS

Brittany Ebhardt

Amy Boteler

Painting

A Walk in the City

John Champe HS

Brittany Ebhardt

Simone Brown

Digital Art

In A Different Light

John Champe HS

Brittany Ebhardt

Audrey Johns

Mixed Media

Bedroom

John Champe HS

Brittany Ebhardt

Cailyn Goodfriend

Painting

Diagnosis

Lightridge HS

Jim Haller

Cailyn Goodfriend

Painting

Night Light

Lightridge HS

Jim Haller

Mairen Ruby

Drawing & Illustration

Accused

Lightridge HS

Jim Haller

Mairen Ruby

Painting

Fractured Self

Lightridge HS

Jim Haller

Alex Abell

Photography

Soapbox Guitar

Loudoun Valley HS

Matthew Herbert

Addison Acham

Photography

Golden

Loudoun Valley HS

Matthew Herbert

Kaitlyn Crowley

Photography

Catch A Glimpse

Loudoun Valley HS

Matthew Herbert

Brittany Garman

Photography

Albus

Loudoun Valley HS

Matthew Herbert

Amber Glass

Photography

Happy Frog

Loudoun Valley HS

Matthew Herbert

Aubrey Hartman

Photography

Golden Hour

Loudoun Valley HS

Matthew Herbert

Matthew Kakol

Photography

Early Morning

Loudoun Valley HS

Matthew Herbert

Matthew Kakol

Photography

The Archer

Loudoun Valley HS

Matthew Herbert

Makenzie Mackey

Photography

Under the Light

Loudoun Valley HS

Matthew Herbert

Lilly McCall

Photography

Glass of Water

Loudoun Valley HS

Matthew Herbert

Kelly Myers

Photography

Lavender

Loudoun Valley HS

Matthew Herbert

Sofia Shelmerdine

Drawing & Illustration

Stifle

Loudoun Valley HS

Matthew Herbert

Dylan Steigerwald

Photography

Frosty Sunrise

Loudoun Valley HS

Matthew Herbert

Delaney Sullivan

Photography

Basketball Going Through Net

Loudoun Valley HS

Matthew Herbert

Delaney Sullivan

Photography

Dog Playing

Loudoun Valley HS

Matthew Herbert

Karen Vasquez Morales

Photography

Heaven Can Wait

Loudoun Valley HS

Matthew Herbert

Hollyn Wills

Photography

The Path Less Taken

Loudoun Valley HS

Matthew Herbert

Audrey Wilson

Drawing & Illustration

Hopeless Depletion

Loudoun Valley HS

Courtney Kincaid

Riley Burrow

Painting

Diverging Paths

Loudoun Valley HS

Courtney Kincaid

Brianna Dillmuth

Digital Art

Letting Go

Loudoun Valley HS

Courtney Kincaid

Brianna Dillmuth

Digital Art

The Only Thing that Truly Matters

Loudoun Valley HS

Courtney Kincaid

Saba Banaii

Mixed Media

The Art Around Us

Potomac Falls HS

Deborah Cooper

Cailin Flatla

Drawing & Illustration

Dogwood

Potomac Falls HS

Elizabeth Chodrow

Katie Gross

Editorial Cartoon sponsored by The Herb Block Foundation

Hear Them

Potomac Falls HS

Elizabeth Chodrow

Noor Fatima

Drawing & Illustration

Fill the Void

Potomac Falls HS

Elizabeth Chodrow

Gabriela Maldonado

Ceramics & Glass

Guac & Chips

Potomac Falls HS

Elizabeth Chodrow

Saron Ricker

Drawing & Illustration

The Cans

Potomac Falls HS

Elizabeth Chodrow

Callia Sun

Painting

In Our Hands

Riverside HS

Augusta Dadiego

Swetha Rajan

Drawing & Illustration

Ópos o Thanátos, ópos oi Ánthropoi

Riverside HS

Christina Corbo

Callia Sun

Drawing & Illustration

Puzzled

Riverside HS

 

Yasmeen Abu-Saymeh

Drawing & Illustration

A Bunny's Perspective

Rock Ridge HS

Heathre Mills

Daniel Bankole

Painting

Portrait

Rock Ridge HS

Heathre Mills

Nitya Matcha

Painting

Cherry Retrograde

Rock Ridge HS

Heathre Mills

Sahana Shankar

Painting

As You Were

Stone Bridge HS

Kandyce Blackstock

McKenna Fox

Fashion

Grace's Secret 1

Tuscarora HS

Katie Hancher

McKenna Fox

Fashion

Grace's Secret 2

Tuscarora HS

Katie Hancher

Elma Hajric

Painting

A Walk

Tuscarora HS

Katie Hancher

 

Writing Award Winners

 

AMERICAN VOICES NOMINEE

NAME

CATEGORY

WORK TITLE

SCHOOL

TEACHER

Salonee Verma

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Attachment Theory

Stone Bridge HS

Matthew Sarmiento

 

GOLDEN KEY

NAME

CATEGORY

WORK TITLE

SCHOOL

TEACHER

Ashley Galletta

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Anything but Lark

Blue Ridge MS

Eric Kursman

Mary Veselovskiy

Personal Essay and Memoir

Kind Ways to Tell Little Girls to Shut Up

Broad Run HS

Beth Konkoski

Salonee Verma

Poetry

Jackson Heights

Stone Bridge HS

Matthew Sarmiento

Salonee Verma

Short Story

Small Town Wonder

Stone Bridge HS

Matthew Sarmiento

Salonee Verma

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Attachment Theory

Stone Bridge HS

Matthew Sarmiento

Thanisha Chowdhury

Short Story

Confessional 

Thomas Jefferson HS

Matthew Sarmiento

 

SILVER KEY

NAME

CATEGORY

WORK TITLE

SCHOOL

TEACHER

Sarah Jeffers

Short Story

Just As It Was Intended

Blue Ridge MS

Susan Keller

Lillian Tester

Science Fiction and Fantasy

What a Lucky Girl

Blue Ridge MS

Eric Kursman

Lauren Routh

Science Fiction and Fantasy

It’s…

Blue Ridge MS

Eric Kursman

Druan Donohue

Humor

A Killing Conundrum

Blue Ridge MS

Eric Kursman

Charlotte Long

Poetry

Teenage Dream

John Champe HS

Danielle Sheeler

Norah McCormick

Novel Writing

A Songless Bird

Loudoun Valley HS

Eileen Lowry

Nanaki Preet Kaur Bawa

Journalism

Building A Better Education System: How to Build Back Better Aims to Affect Schools

Rock Ridge HS

Katy Greiner

Salonee Verma

Writing Portfolio

Renaissance

Stone Bridge HS

Matthew Sarmiento

Salonee Verma

Poetry

Someday I’ll Love the Stranger in the Mirror

Stone Bridge HS

Matthew Sarmiento

Hanaan Kazia

Short Story

College, Cruelty, and Other Things That Eat People

Stone Bridge HS

Matthew Sarmiento

Thanisha Chowdhury

Poetry

Original Sin

Thomas Jefferson HS

Virginia Pendleton

Thanisha Chowdhury

Flash Fiction

Plea to a Mirror

Thomas Jefferson HS

Virginia Pendleton

Jessica Wang

Poetry 

Ars Poetica

Thomas Jefferson HS School

Michelle Boswell

Jessica Wang

Flash Fiction

Train Ride

Thomas Jefferson HS

Michelle Boswell

Lane Bassett

Novel Writing

The World that Calls

Tuscarora HS

Emily Garnier




HONORABLE MENTION

NAME

CATEGORY

WORK TITLE

SCHOOL

TEACHER

Virginia Johnson

Poetry


Growing With the Year

Blue Ridge MS

Susan Keller

Tina Pyhtila

Short Story

My Name is Camille

Blue Ridge MS

Erick Kursman

Solenna Hye

Science Fiction and Fantasy

A Trip to Elvodon

Blue Ridge MS

Erick Kursman

Mia Templeton

Critical Essay

Do Feminists Need to Chill? 

Blue Ridge MS

Erick Kursman

Maggie Tirona

Poetry

America: Land of the Free, Home of the Brave

Blue Ridge MS

Erick Kursman

Elliana Leach

Critical Essay

Should We Still Use the Electoral College?

Blue Ridge MS

Susan Keller

Brinn McClintic

Personal Essay and Memoir

Unlucky 

Blue Ridge MS

Susan Keller

Samuel Hertzberg

Short Story

Love at First Night

Blue Ridge MS

Susan Keller

Samuel Seipt

Short Story

Cheese Grater

Blue Ridge MS

Erick Kursman

Srikriti Bulusu


Short Story 


Hurricane

Briar Woods HS

Nikoletta Gjoni

Mary Veselovskiy

Personal Essay and Memoir

Christmas Trees and Other Crimes

Broad Run HS


Beth Konkoski

Daniel Shen 

Short Story

Dead Man Memories

Independence HS

Hannah Ange

Charlotte Long

Short Story

Math is Red, Like Blood

John Champe HS

Danielle Sheeler

Sophie Grard

Short Story

The Desire to Fly Away

Potomac Falls HS


Elizabeth Chodrow

Claire Weiss

Poetry

How Sadness Can Be

Potomac Falls HS

Haley Luna

Sabrina Lu

Poetry

Selection

Riverside HS

Augusta Dadiego

Olivia Sun

Poetry

The Wanting Contract

Riverside HS

Tracy Wood

Grace Widjaja

Poetry

What is “Writer’s Block?”

Riverside HS

Billy Jones

Nanaki Preet Kaur Bawa

Journalism

The Leak Week’s Trickling Effects: How Menstruation Impacts Students

Rockridge HS

Katy Greiner

Ved Bhandare

Short Story

The Phoenix

Stone Bridge HS

Matthew Sarmiento

Salonee Verma

Poetry

You Ask Me Why I Walk Slowly 

Stone Bridge HS

Matthew Sarmiento

Thanisha Chowdhury

Poetry

Flying Lessons

Thomas Jefferson HS

Virginia Pendleton

Thanisha Chowdhury

Personal Essay & Memoir

Mythomaniac

Thomas Jefferson HS

Virginia Pendleton

Thanisha Chowdhury

Flash Fiction

Geography of a Blank Page 

Thomas Jefferson HS

Virginia Pendleton

Yashna Hasija

Critical Essay

Remove Hostile Architecture from our City

Thomas Jefferson HS

Jennifer Seavey

Jessica Wang

Poetry

Resonant

Thomas Jefferson HS

Michelle Boswell






Published February 17, 2023