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Senior High Art student Maya Bykuc receives Gold Medal Award for her painting

307 Genesee St On March 13, 2019, the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, announced the National Medal recipients of the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 7–12.  

Senior High Art student Maya Bykuc, was selected to receive a Gold Medal Award for her painting 307 Genesee.  

Each year, the Alliance partners with more than 100 visual arts and literary arts organizations across the country to bring the Scholastic Awards to local communities. Teens in grades 7–12 (ages 13 and up) apply in 29 categories of art and writing. In 2019, students submitted nearly 340,000 works of art and writing to the Scholastic Awards.  

Receiving a National Medal places students within the top 1% of all submissions!  This honor opens doors for students by providing access to scholarship programs and workshops and the ability to have work published and displayed in regional and National Exhibitions.

Submissions are juried by luminaries in the visual and literary arts, some of whom are past award recipients. Panelists look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision. Students receiving Gold Keys, Silver Keys, Honorable Mentions, or American Voices & Visions Nominations are celebrated within their communities through local exhibitions and ceremonies. Gold Key works are then judged nationally by an impressive panel of creative–industry experts to receive National Medals, including Gold Medals, Silver Medals, American Voices & Visions Medals, Gold Medal and Silver with Distinction Portfolio Medals, and Special Achievement Awards. National Medalists are invited to attend the week-long national celebration in New York City, which includes a ceremony at Carnegie Hall on June 6.

Please help the New Hartford Art Department extend a huge congratulations to Senior High Art student Maya Bykuc, on receiving a Gold Medal Award for her painting 307 Genesee.