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Fifteen District 202 high school students win Scholastic Art Awards

Fifteen student artists from Plainfield High School – Central Campus, and Plainfield South and East high schools won 19 regional awards in the prestigious Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards allows 7th through 12th grade students nationwide to submit works of art or writing for the chance to win scholarships and have their work published or exhibited by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers.

The contest is sponsored by the Scholastic book company. Entries are judged by renowned artists and writers. More than nine million student writers and artists have been recognized since 1923.

Past winners include such art and literary luminaries as Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford, Joyce Carol Oates, Stephen King and John Updike.

“Gold Key” works will now be considered for national-level recognition. National Medals will be awarded later this spring. The top entries at the national level will be displayed this spring and summer as part of the organization’s national tour.

Here are District 202’s Regional winners:


Honorable Mention

  • Kyren Rudolph (senior): Two Honorable Mentions, Drawing and Illustration


Gold Key

  • Jackson Grooms (senior): One Gold Key, Photography
  • Christopher Padilla (junior): One Gold Key, Drawing and Illustration
  • Vivianne Angulo (sophomore): One Gold Key, Ceramics and Glass

Silver Key

  • Brian Hoeflinger (senior): One Silver Key, Ceramics and Glass
  • Aiden Chavez (junior): One Silver Key, Drawing and Illustration

Honorable Mention

  • Brian Hoeflinger (senior): One Honorable Mention, Ceramics and Glass
  • Aiden Chavez (junior): One Honorable Mention, Drawing and Illustration


 Gold Key

  • Jocelyn Rivera (senior): One Gold Key, Painting
  • Natalie Hua (junior): One Gold Key, Photography

Silver Key

  • Sara Abutaleb (senior): One Silver Key, Digital Art
  • C. Andrew “Drew” Scieszka (senior): One Silver Key, Digital Art
  • Donovan Hannan (senior): One Silver Key, Painting
  • Sara Dyke (junior): One Silver Key, Painting

Honorable Mention

  • Ahmad Sandid (senior): One Honorable Mention, Digital Art
  • Leonardo Alonso (senior): Two Honorable Mentions, Photography
  • Brandon Garcia (junior): One Honorable Mention, Painting