“Last year, I competed in the comic art category because I was confident in my abilities to evoke emotional responses with my art style,” senior Christopher Dela Cruz said. “Although I didn’t place, I will try again in the same category after reviewing my mistakes and improving upon them.”
By hosting competitions in 28 categories, the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards will recognize young artists in multiple fields, including the new Editorial Cartoon category. Moreover, students have the right to exercise their freedom of expression and will not have their submission disqualified due to the nature of the content.
“I would like to compete in the critical essay category because it allows me to be creative in the topics I write about,” junior Carl Montemayor said. “I love to write about my opinions and thoughts so seems like a great fit for me.”
In order to participate, students must create an account, pay a $5 admission fee per individual entry or $20 for portfolios and sign a submission form. Submissions can be uploaded online or sent directly to the Southern Nevada Writing Region. For students affected by financial burdens, they can submit a fee waiver form to relinquish the cost.
“Since I’ve been applying to a lot of colleges, I’ve been writing a lot of personal statements,” senior Bomon Liu said. “After seeing there’s a personal essay category, I was interested in competing because I’m already comfortable and experienced with this kind of narrative.”
On Dec. 16 at 11:59 p.m. Easter Time (ET), the SNWR will void submissions sent after the deadline. The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards will announce the results on Jan. 7 and host the award ceremony on Jan. 31 at the Springs Preserve from 1 to 2 p.m. Additionally, they will host an exhibition hall displaying all submissions in Big Springs Gallery at the Springs Preserves from Jan. 31 to March 1.
“I think the persuasive writing will attract the most people because that’s what we’ve been working on, but I think the more creative categories that aren’t anything like a school assignment will get the most students because it’s an area that they don’t get to express at school very often,” Mr. Robert Davis said.