Beaufort County School District students have won 48 Southeast regional recognitions in the 2021 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition.

There were 12 winners at May River High and two at Bluffton High, as well as 34 winners at Hilton Head Island High.

The prestigious Scholastic Art & Writing Awards describes itself as the nation’s longest-running recognition program for creative teens and the largest source of scholarships for young artists and writers.

Students in grades 7 through 12 typically submit more than 350,000 works of art and writing in 30 categories. 

Winning students earn opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication and scholarships.

The district’s eight top award-winners – Gold Key recipients – advance to judging at the national level. Silver Key works are judged to demonstrate exceptional ability, and Honorable Mention works are judged to show great skill and potential.

Judges evaluate student artwork 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.

Gold Key winners from May River High were Kylie Bowes for “Lighting Up the Room” (Photography); Makenzie Rice for “Isolation” (Photography); and Coda Stanley for “Savannah #1” (Photography).

Silver Key winners from May River High were Dianna Doan for “Changes” (Photography) and “Contemplation” (Photography); Jada Sist for “Necessary Accessories” (Drawing & Illustration); and Coda Stanley for “Streets of Savannah” (Art Portfolio).

A Silver Key winner from Bluffton High was Rosy Almazan for “Coming to an End” (Painting).

May River High Honorable Mentions were Lydia Benson for “Weathered in Worship” (Photography); Bianca Costilla for “Salted Air” (Photography); Diana Doan for “Quiet Strength” (Photography); Makenzie Rice for “Cowboy Stance” (Photography); and Coda Stanley for “Savannah #2” (Photography).

An Honorable Mention winner from Bluffton High was Rosy Almazan for “Por Su Futuro” (Painting).

“It’s great to see our students express themselves through various artistic processes,” said Superintendent Frank Rodriguez. “These 48 awards are a testament to our tremendously talented students and phenomenal art teachers who bring our district’s art programming to life every day.”