10 Hawaii public school students medal at national art program


Eighteen artworks from Hawaii were honored at the national Scholastic Art Awards, including 10 from public schools (nine DOE and one charter). Kathleen Acasio, a senior at Leilehua High, was honored with the prestigious American Visions Medal for her photograph, "Halloween."


Kathleen Acasio, senior at Leilehua High School, won the prestigious American Visions Medal at the national Scholastic Art Awards program for her photo, "Halloween."

More than 250 works of art from exceptional Hawaii student artists were nominated for the regional Scholastic Art Awards in January. Today, 18 of those works have been recognized at the national level. The awards:

  • Gold Medal: The most outstanding works in the nation.
  • Silver Medal: Works demonstrating high honors on the national level.
  • American Visions Medal: Conferred upon one work from each local region.

Congratulations to the 10 Hawaii DOE and charter school students who have earned national honors:

  • Kathleen Acasio, senior, Leilehua High, "Halloween" (photography) — American Visions Medal (pictured above)
  • Shayden Augustus, sophomore, University Lab School, “Hope Floats” (jewelry) — Gold Medal
  • Abigail Mae Calara, senior, Waianae High, “The Tale of Maui” (film & animation) — Silver Medal
  • Jackie Duliere, senior, Leilehua High, “Shrouded in Shadow” (drawing & illustration) — Gold Medal
  • Atlast Emwalu, freshman, Leilehua High, “Thrills” (drawing & illustration) — Gold Medal
  • Sarah Hogue, senior, Leilehua High, “History Repeats Itself” (photography) — Silver Medal
  • Leilani Kanagawa, grade 8, Wahiawa Middle, "Temptation" (comic art) — Silver Medal
  • Malia Neumann, Kalani High, junior, “thousands” (drawing & illustration) — Silver Medal
  • Kotone Utagawa, senior, Kalani High, “Howling Cat” (drawing & illustration) — Silver Medal
  • Tori Wills, senior, Kalaheo High, “Why Can’t I Remember?” (photography) — Silver Medal

You can see the nominated and winning works at the ongoing exhibit at the Hawaii State Art Museum — on view through April 7.

The Scholastic Arts & Writing Awards is the longest-running, largest and most prestigious student recognition program in the United States. The Awards were established in 1923 by M. R. Robinson to encourage, foster, and reward creativity in our Nation’s students. In 1994, the nonprofit organization The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers was established. Its mission is to oversee the national competition, and provide guidance and support for the next generation of artists and writers. Throughout the program’s history, the Awards program has recognized some of our Nation’s most celebrated artists and writers.

Through the Scholastic Awards, teens in grades 7 through 12 from public, private, or home schools can apply in 29 categories​ of art and writing for their chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited and published. Beyond the Awards, the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers produces a number of programs to support creative students and their educators, including the Art.Write.Now.Tour, the National Student Poets Program, the Scholastic Awards Summer Workshops and Scholastic Awards Summer Scholarships programs, the Golden Educators Residency, and much more.

Each year, more than 320,000 entries are submitted to a network of 80 regional sponsors who screen the entries and conduct local exhibitions and award ceremonies. The most outstanding works are awarded the highest honor and receive the American Vision Award Nominee and the Regional Gold Key Finalist. These finalists go on to represent their region in the national judging held in the spring in New York City. Panels of distinguished artists review over 15,000 works of art and select the national award recipients. These recipients receive national recognition and share monetary awards and/or scholarship offered by prestigious colleges, universities and art institutes.​ Learn more.​

National Medalists

A complete list of the 2017 winners from across the country posted to the Scholastic Art Awards site.

Contact Information

Una Chan

Phone: 808-305-9709

Email: una_chan@hawaiidoe.org


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