National Scholastic Awards

This is a late post (I’ve been somewhat distracted by the NAEA Annual Convention of late), but it’s never really too late to give well deserved recognition!

From the portfolio of Razan Elbaba, National Gold Medal Portfolio Winner
From the portfolio of Razan Elbaba, National Gold Medal Portfolio Winner

We are extremely proud and excited to have 15 National Scholastic Art Award winners from our Scholastic region. You can read the news on the school system website here. I am not directly involved in the writing awards for our area, but we also had 8 writing award winners.

Most exciting of all is the honor received by Razan Elbaba, who is one of only 8 students in the nation to be recognized with a gold medal and $10,000 scholarship for her art portfolio. In addition to being beautiful work, Razan’s portfolio addresses important human issues as she describes in her artist statement.

My portfolio, entitled Covered, aims to shed light on identity. I photograph women in hijab, or Islamic headdress to bring them to the spotlight. By doing this, these women have the opportunity to effectively symbolize themselves as who they truly are: peaceful individuals, who are aiming to spark a positive change in the world. By giving these women importance, I hope the world will be interested to learn more and realize that the individuals in the pictures are human…

Congratulations toRazan and all of the students who earned national medals. As the latest generation of creative teenagers, you are the future of our country… and that’s exciting to me!

For more informatoin about the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, go to

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