Aldine students receive awards at Harris County Art & Writing event

HOUSTON– Five students from the Aldine district were among several hundred outstanding students that were honored last week by the Harris County Dept. of Education, in their annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

These awards are part of a national program, sponsored by Scholastic magazine, that recognizes students and teachers for their creative talents. Prejudged student work is submitted by the student’s teacher, and then is again juried by local scholars for the awards.

Locally, Harris County Dept. of Education accepted 1072 pieces of art, and 449 pre-juried writing entries. All public and private schools, and home schooled children are eligible to submit.

Three levels of regional awards are given: Pinson Portfolio Awards, Gold Keys, and Silver Keys. The top two categories will go on to New York to be judged nationally, and then invited to Washington, DC for an awards ceremony in June.

Awards carry cash grants, ranging from $100 to $1000.

Aldine ISD students that received honors include:

Gold Key Winner: Amelia Ruiz, MacArthur HS, Laura Schauermann, teacher.

Silver Key Winners: Daniel Gonzales, MacArthur HS, Laura Schauermann, teacher; Jameela Ingram, MacArthur HS, Laura Schauermann, teacher; Violetta Krol, Grantham MS, D’Ann Delgado, teacher; Chuck Yee, MacArthur HS, Laura Schau-ermann, teacher.

Also receiving the top award, the Pinson Writing Portfolio Award, was the daughter of the NorthEast News publishers. Kristan Hoffman, a student at HISD’s Bellaire High School, read from her work at the awards ceremony. The award recognizes excellence in writing as well as commitment to the sustained effort necessary to produce an exemplary body of work, according to the judges.