Junior Madeline Jenkins earned a Gold Key, the highest honor awarded, to lead a group of nine Foxcroft School students who had 11 works selected for special recognition in the 2018 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Southeast Region-At-Large competition.

Jenkins, a resident of Washington, D.C., received the Gold Key for her photograph “Mother and Daughter in Peru.” The submission will now move on to the national level. National Gold Key winners are invited to attend a ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City and have their work included in a nationwide traveling exhibition for a full year.

Four Foxcroft students earned Silver Keys, the second-tier distinction. Grace Chen, a junior from Nanjing, China, collected two Silver Keys for her photographs entitled “Insight” and “Underneath.”Junior Chloe Green of Leesburg received a Silver Key in the Critical Essay category, while her sister Kenzie, a sophomore, was honored for her poem “Market Street.” Sophomore Tam Le of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, winning entry was a Memoir entitled “Journey to the Light.”

Honorable Mentions went to Izzie Chen (Beijing) for Design; sophomore Bella Smith (Richmond, VA) and junior Sylvia Yuan (Ningbo, China) for Poetry; and Emma Lewis (Lake Carmel, NY),  and Jenkins (for another submission) for Photography.

Established in 1923, the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards is the nation’s largest, longest-running, most prestigious visual and literary arts program recognizing accomplishments of students in grades 7–12. In 2017, students submitted more than 330,000 works of art and writing in 29 categories. On the regional level, Foxcroft’s entries were among more than 65,000 submissions to the Southeast Region, which extends as far south as Florida, west as Kentucky and Louisiana, and north to Virginia.

Judges evaluate student work 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 — along with Foxcroft’s own Karin Thorndike, Chair of the Fine Arts Department.

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