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National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

Plano ISD art students competed in the National Scholastic Art and Writing Competition by receiving gold keys in regional competition. Works were judged on the national level by an impressive panel of creative–industry experts. Of the 179 gold key recipients in competition, 58 were from Plano ISD.

National medalists are announced in March and were recognized at a ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City on Thursday, June 6, 2019. Presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the Scholastic Awards national ceremony celebrated more than 700 student artists and writers from across the country. Four Plano ISD student works of art received gold medals and three received silver.

Gold Medalists  2019 (The most outstanding works in the nation)

  • Dennis Espiritu (top left), Plano West Senior High, grade 12, Drawing and Illustration, title: Persona, teacher: Douglas Darracott
  • Isabel Saldivar (bottom right), Plano Senior High School, grade 11, Photography, title: Chlorine, teacher: Adriana Martinez-Mendoza
  • Pavithra Saravanan (top right), Plano West Senior High, grade 12, Drawing and Illustration, title: If Only, teacher: Ted Kincaid
  • Fan-Chi (Ivy) Wu (top center), Plano West Senior High, grade 12, Drawing and Illustration, title: Ease, teacher: Sarah Depetris

Silver Medalists (works demonstrating high honors on the national level)

  • Alexander Huang (left), Plano West Senior High, grade 11, Painting, title: Dance with Death, teacher: Sarah Depetris
  • Luke Miller (center), Plano East Senior High School, grade 12, Sculpture, title: To Ashes, teacher: Colin McGrane
  • Jiayin Zhou (right), Plano West Senior High, grade 12, Digital Art, title: Mother, teacher: Douglas Darracott