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Ameya Okamoto '18 wins third Gold Medal in Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
Posted 04/15/2018 09:35AM


Intersectional Supper by Ameya Okamoto '18


For the third consecutive year, Ameya Okamoto '18 has taken top honors in the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, winning both the Gold and Silver Medals in Digital Art, and a Silver Medal for her portfolio of work.

Ameya won the Gold Medal in Digital Art this year for “Intersectional Supper” (pictured), the Silver Medal in Digital Art for “Alicia Garza,” and the Silver Medal Portfolio.

In announcing this year’s recipients, the presenters noted that Gold Medals are awarded for “the most outstanding works in the nation,” and Silver Medals for “demonstrating high honors on the national level.” 

The annual competition, which is open to students in grades 7–12, received submissions from over 7,600 students this year. Students submitted nearly 350,000 works of art and writing.

The 2018 National Ceremony for award recipients takes place at Carnegie Hall on Thursday, June 7, 2018. 

Ameya has also been named one of 60 Presidential Scholars in the Arts candidates as part of the 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The candidates were nominated from among the participants in the annual National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition, conducted by the National YoungArts Foundation.

Visit Ameya’s website to see a wide variety of her artwork; her artist’s statement; and a list of exhibitions, awards, and speeches.

Read more about the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

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