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Penn Foster Student Honored with Two Scholastic Awards

April 11, 2013

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Recognizes High School Student for Creative Talents

SCRANTON (April 11, 2013) - Penn Foster, a leader in career-focused online and blended education designed to address the skills gap in America, today announced the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards honored Morgan Vaca, a Penn Foster High School student.  She received Regional Honorable Mention Awards for her literary pieces in the categories of Science Fiction/Fantasy and Humor.  Morgan’s works were among more than 230,000 entries submitted to the country’s longest-running and most prestigious award and recognition 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 ninety 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.

About Penn Foster

Founded in 1890, Penn Foster has been a leader in career-focused distance and blended learning for more than 100 years.  Since its inception, more than 13 million people have enrolled in its high school, career school and college to learn advanced skills, further their education and better position them for life success.  Today, Penn Foster graduates 25,000 students yearly and enrolls more than 100,000 new students each year in programs designed to address the skills gap in middle skilled careers.  Penn Foster’s high-quality, affordable distance education allows students the flexibility to complete programs around their schedules with 24/7 access to a supportive online community of students and faculty.  For more information, visit www.

The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers

A 501(c)(3) nonprofit, identifies teenagers with exceptional artistic and literary talent and brings their remarkable work to a national audience through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Founded in 1923, the Awards program is the longest-running, most prestigious program of its kind, having fostered the creativity and talent of millions of students through recognition, exhibitions and publications. Over the past five years, students have submitted 920,000 works of art and writing) and over $40 million has been made available in scholarships and awards to top winning participants. The Alliance partners with 116 regional affiliates across the country to bring the program to local communities, and works with a network of more than 60 colleges and universities to increase scholarship and award opportunities. With the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Alliance is a founding partner of the National Student Poets Program, the country’s highest honor for youth poets, which selects five students exclusively from current Scholastic Art & Writing Award national poetry winners. More information about the Alliance and its programs can be found at



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