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Scholastic Art & Writing Awards


Five high school students from Spring Branch ISD have earned Scholastic Writing awards in the annual regional competition sponsored through the Harris County Dept. of Education (HCDE).

This year, four students won a top Gold Key award qualifying them for national-level judging. Two other students won Silver Key awards for essays and a poem.

These five students will be honored with their award-winning peers in a regional Grades 9-12 Gold and Silver Key Ceremony planned March 26 at the Ballroom at Bayou Place downtown.

In all, more than 1,500 students won regional writing awards this year.

The combined Scholastic Art & Writing Awards highlight and honor young artists and writers who may be the nation’s next generation of creative visionaries.

Later this spring, 1,500 or more students will receive national-level awards and join the ranks of famous artists, photographers and writers. Well-known young Scholastic winners have included modern artist Andy Warhol; writers Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote and Joyce Carol Oates; photographer Richard Avedon; and famed actor/director Robert Redford, among others.

SBISD Student Writing Awards

Gold Key Awards – These awards represent the very best area works submitted to HCDE. Gold Key works are automatically considered for national-level honors and recognition.

Sophie Czelusta, Memorial High, 10th grade, Short Story, “When Stars Fall”
Teacher: Jamie Campbel

Ameya Matele, Memorial High, 9th grade, Journalism, “Say No to Homework”
Teacher: Cara Cullen

Avantika Matele, Memorial High, 10th grade, Science Fiction & Fantasy, “The 100th Invalid”
Teacher: Cynthia Bove

Alex Zhang, Spring Branch Academic Institute (SBAI), Novel Writing, “Spark”
Teacher: Kelly Treleaven

Silver Key Awards – These awards represent stand-out submitted works that demonstrate exceptional writing ability and skill.

Ameya Matele, Memorial High, 9th grade, for two separate awards: Critical Essay, “Phones & Children,” and “School Lunches – Boon or Bane”
Teacher: Cara Cullen

Camila Nakashima, Memorial High, 10th grade, Poetry, “Seasons Go By”
Teacher: Jamie Campbell

Honorable Mention Awards – These awards represent high-level writing ability and skill and general excellence.

My Aguilar, Memorial High, 10th grade
Teacher: Jamie Campbell

Ameya Matele, Memorial High, 9th grade
Teacher: Cara Cullen

Avantika Matele, Memorial High, 10th grade, for 2 separate Honorable Mentions
Teacher: Cynthia Bove


HCDE serves each year as the regional sponsor for the prestigious Scholastic Art program. The regional educational group judges thousands of entries submitted by teen artists and writers.

View HCDE’s recent Scholastic Awards and related information.

Visit Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for more information about the program including an upcoming list of national Gold Key honorees.