Published on AccessNorthGa.com
April 11, 2013
GAINESVILLE - Morgan Vaca of Gainesville has received two writing awards from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the country’s longest-running and most prestigious award and recognition program for creative teenagers. Vaca is a student at Penn Foster High School, a career-focused online and hybrid education institution designed to address the skills gap in America.
Vaca received Regional Honorable Mention Awards for her literary pieces in the categories of Science Fiction/Fantasy and Humor. Her works were among more than 230,000 entries submitted to the program for creative teenagers, a program that has recognized well-known writers including Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath and Truman Capote.
“We are thrilled Morgan received such a distinguished honor,” says Joe Gagnon, President and COO of Penn Foster. “Penn Foster’s online high school program, the largest high school in the country, is full of talented students such as Morgan. We look forward to seeing our students continue to be recognized for their exceptional academic work.”
For 90 years, The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards program has honored students for their creative talents. In 1994, the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers was founded to present the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and to grow the program to a national level. Today, the awards program, which is open to teens in grades 7 through 12, includes twenty-eight art and writing categories such as dramatic script, journalism, humor, novel-writing, science-fiction, as well as painting, sculpture, photography, fashion design, film and animation, and video game design.
This year’s list of jurors included luminaries in the visual and literary arts including Edwidge Danticat, Myla Goldberg, Kurt Andersen, Althea Harper, Red Grooms, and Andres Serrano. Submissions were judged on originality, technical skill and the emergence of personal vision or vision.
“I’m honored to receive these awards,” said Vaca. “I will continue to pursue my endeavors in creative writing with the support and guidance of my Penn Foster instructors. While I’m enrolled in an online program, my instructors are there every step of the way, helping me reach my educational goals.”
Penn Foster High School faculty members Meghan Lodge and Alanna Bright were also recognized by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for assisting Vaca with her award entries.