Photography by Juliana Rose called

A group of ten Foxcroft students created 16 outstanding works of art and writing that were recently selected for special recognition in the 2022 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards regional competition. 

Four students achieved the coveted Gold Key status — the highest regional designation. The “golden” artists are juniors Vassiliki M. (ceramics) and Helen V. (photography) and sophomores Claire M. (photography) and Juliana R. (photography).

Vassiliki M. ’23 “Self Portrait” Ceramics

Juliana R. ’24 “Faded” Photography

Helen V. ’23 “Kafes” Photography

Claire M. ’24 “Bird Reflections” Photography

“Through the creative process, our students share their unique voices and perspective on the world around them, gaining important skills in confidence and self-expression,” explains Head of School Cathy McGehee. “I am proud of their accomplishments and of our expert arts faculty who support our student artists.” 

These Gold Key works are now being judged by a panel of noted visual and literary world leaders in New York City. The National Medalists they select will be invited to a ceremony at Carnegie Hall and their works included in a nationwide traveling exhibition. This year, students in grades 7-12 submitted more than 230,000 works of art and writing in 28 categories; advancing to the national competition is no small feat.

 Senior Virginia Bonnie collected three of the seven Silver Keys received by Foxcroft students, one each for her painting, printmaking, and poetry submissions. Silver Keys also went to juniors Lexi Hill and Vassiliki (ceramics), and sophomores Rynn Cole (photography) and Caroline Doyle (mixed media).

 Honorable Mentions were earned by Virginia (critical essay), Vassiliki (ceramics), and juniors Leyla Akhundova. (mixed media) and Ryleigh Borror (photography). 

 Established in 1923, the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards are presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers in partnership with more than 100 visual arts and literary arts organizations across the country. It is the nation’s largest, longest-running, most prestigious visual and literary arts program recognizing the accomplishments of students in middle and high school.

 Among the artistic luminaries who have served as judges are Langston Hughes, Robert Frost, Edwidge Danticat, David Sedaris, Nikki Giovanni, and Roz Chast. The list of past winners is equally impressive with Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Sylvia Plath, and filmmaker Ken Burns — as well as Foxcroft Fine Arts teacher Karin Thorndike — among the honored.

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