Four student artists Win 2019 Scholastic Art and Writing awards


2019 Scholastic Arts and Writing award recipients pose for a photo with Principal Ty Thompson. Photo courtesy of Ty Thompson

Nadia Murillo, Social Media Editor

*This story was co-written by Nadia Murillo and Jason Leavy

Seniors Alexa Rappaport, Megan Martin, Kelsey Nickerson and junior Bailee Paul all entered the 2019 Scholastic Art and Writing competition, and many ended up receiving numerous amount of accolades.

Senior Alexa Rappaport placed nationally with a Silver Medal for the 2019 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards in the category of Drawing and Illustration and is also a Gold Key winner. The piece of art that was submitted was a drawing of silverware and graphite.

“I was shocked when I received the email, it was also really exciting,” Rappaport said. “In the future, I want to get into product design, I don’t necessarily want to go to art school, but I definitely want to keep it up.”

Senior Megan Martin recently won a $250 scholarship through the Coral Springs Artist Guild for her portfolio submission and is also a Gold Key recipient. Her artwork was exhibited at the Coral Springs Festival of the Arts on March 16 and March 17.

Senior Kelsey Nickerson, whose artwork depicted a giant mosquito with mountains and an entire civilization on it’s back, is a Silver Key awardee.

“It feels good [to be a Silver Key winner],” Nickerson said. “I draw mainly with colored pencils.” When asked whether or not she sees a future career as an artist, she stated that she might, “if [drawing] keeps going well.”

Junior Bailee Paul, whose piece of art expressed a clown on a black background, is also a Silver Key recipient.

“It was an amazing event to be a part of, and it was even more special to know that so many people applied, but only me and a few of my classmates were chosen,” Paul said.