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NHS student Photographer earns national recognition in prestigious art & writing competition


August 1, 2014

The work of Niskayuna High School student photographer Katie Alden continues to receive awards and praise throughout the region and now the country. Ms. Alden was recently awarded a Gold Medal in the 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards at the National level for her photograph, "Touched by Light." This year there were 255,000 original works of art and writing submitted to the competition.

From the outstanding pool of regional Gold Key recipients, an impressive panel of creative-industry experts chose 1,800 of the most talented students—representing 47 U.S. states as well as students in Washington, D.C. and American schools abroad—to receive national medals. These artists, authors, critics, educators and skilled professionals blindly judged works based on originality, technical skill and the emergence of a personal vision or voice—the original three criteria of the program's founding in 1923. This year's list of distinguished jurors included Andres Serrano (artist), Edwidge Danticat (writer), Michael Raisler (producer), Kay Walking Stick (artist), Jane Cohan (gallery owner), David Krasnow ("Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen"), Alison Elizabeth Taylor (artist) and Stephen Savage (illustrator).


Katie Alden photograph, "Touched by Light"   photo of Katie Alden
"Touched by Light," Katie Alden


The 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards were met with a tremendous amount of excitement and record-breaking student participation. There were 255,000 original works of art and writing submitted to the 2014 Awards! Of those submitted, 1,800 young artists and writers in grades 7-12 received National Medals!

Founded in 1923, The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have become the longest-­running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in the U.S., and the nation s largest source of scholarships for creative young artists and writers. A noteworthy roster of past winners includes Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford, Joyce Carol Oates, Stephen King, John Updike, and many more.

Each year, the Alliance partners with more than 100 visual and literary-­arts organizations across the country to bring The Awards to local communities. Teens in grades 7 through 12 can apply in 28 categories of art and writing for the chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited or published. Submissions are juried by luminaries in the visual and literary arts, some of whom are past award recipients. Panelists look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.

On Friday, June 6, 2014, Ms. Alden and National Medalist students and educators from across the country were celebrated at world-renowned Carnegie Hall.

To view Katie's photograph, "Touched by Light" online you can check out the link below:

In addition to receiving a gold medal at the national level in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, Ms. Alden was recognized with three "Gold Keys", one "Silver Key" and an "Honorable Mention" at the regional level. Katie also received accolades for her photographic work at this year's Student Show at the Photography Center of the Capital District as well as having work selected to be published in Photographer's Forum Magazine's Best of College & High School Photography 2014.

Katie will be a senior, in her second year of Mr. Honicki's Advanced Photography class at Niskayuna High School this coming fall.