Four Vermont students earn national recognition for art and writing excellence


BRATTLEBORO -- The 2014 national winners of Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have been announced, and four Vermont students are recipients of Gold, Silver, and American Visions & Voices Medals. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC) is the Vermont affiliate for the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, which presents the prestigious national awards.

Vermont’s National Award winners for art are Jack Fagnant, grade 8, Browns River Middle School in Jericho, Gold Medal and American Visions Award in Film & Animation; Lucy Leith, grade 12, Burlington Senior High School in Burlington, Silver Medal for Art Portfolio in Fashion; and Phebe Macrae Corcoran, grade 11, The Putney School in Putney, Silver Medal in Printmaking. Quinn Bornstein, grade 12, St. Johnsbury Academy in St. Johnsbury, received an American Voices Medal for Writing in the Short Story category.

These students are among approximately 1,800 National Award winners, whose works were chosen from more than 16,000 works juried at the national level.

This year a record 255,000-plus works in 28 categories were submitted by students in grades 7-12, from 47 states, the District of Columbia, and American schools abroad. The 2014 winners join the program’s celebrated alumni, including filmmaker Ken Burns, writers Truman Capote, Joyce Carol Oates, and Joyce Maynard, fashion designer Zac Posen, photographer Richard Avedon, artists Red Grooms and Andy Warhol, and many more.


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