American Visions and American Voices

  • About American Visions and American Voices:
    Five works of art and five writing pieces are selected as best of show from approximately 9,000 Harris County Department of Education regional entries in the 2022 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

    Each American Visions and American Voices nominee receives a cash award of $250 from HCDE. From the pool of five, a panel of jurors in New York City selects one artist from each of Scholastic’s 100 regional affiliates to receive an American Visions Medal. These medalists from throughout the nation are celebrated during national events and exhibits in New York City in June.

    Selection Process:
    Five works of writing and five works of art from each region are selected by local judges as American Voices & Visions nominees, who are then celebrated in local exhibitions and ceremonies. From the pool of nominees, a panel of jurors in New York City selects one writer and one artist from each region to receive an American Voices Medal or an American Visions Medal, a non-financial highest regional honor. These Medalists are celebrated during National Events and at the National Exhibition in New York City.

2020 American Voices

  • Grace Yin, 16, Tomball Memorial High School, Tomball ISD, Poetry, “Birds”

  • James Sy, 16, St. John’s School, Personal Essay/Memoir, “Thrown to the Sharks”

  • Aditya Namjoshi, 17, Dawson High School, Pearland ISD, Humor, “The Americanized Times of Hindoostan”

  • Joshua Danziger, 14, Emery Weiner School, Private, Critical Essay, “Discrimination Without Delineation”

  • Chloe Beaudreau, 16, Carnegie Vanguard High School, Houston ISD, Poetry, “Photo Album”

2020 American Visions

  • Anthony Abarca, 17, Carver High School, Aldine ISD, Photography, “Love Affair”

  • Adrianne Ross, 17, Clear Creek High School, Clear Creek ISD, Digital Art, “Programmed Discovery”

  • Vallery Orr, 16, Memorial High School, Spring Branch ISD, Digital Art, “Disintegrated Identity”

  • Medha Fotedar, 15, Klein Collins High School, Klein ISD, Drawing and Illustration, “Stunted Growth”

  • Tiffany Campbell, 17, Klein Oak High School, Klein ISD, Digital Art, “Harvey”