The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards of 2009, a national program that offers early recognition and scholarship opportunities for creative teenagers, recently notified sophomore Kayla Justice that her journalism writing entry won a Gold Key at the regional level.   Her editorial entitled “Dollar Bills for Right Answers” will now be sent to the national level judging in late March.

More than 140,000 works were submitted to the contest and only 1,300 writing manuscripts earn Gold Key recognition. 

Kayla is eligible to apply for a $2,500 scholarship and other creative learning opportunities.  She will be notified by April if she has won at the national level.

Each year, The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, administered by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, a not-for-profit organization, receive more than 250,000 works of art and writing, submitted through 90 regional affiliate programs across the nation for consideration in 25 categories of art and writing.  The entries are evaluated locally and nationally by a panel of jurors comprised of renowned artists, authors, educators, and arts professionals.  Notable past and recent jurors include Robert Frost, Elizabeth Bishop, William Saroyan, Frank McCourt, Andy Rooney, Judy Blume, KiKi Smith, George Plimpton, and Philip Pearlstein.