June 29, 2023
Pinellas County students and their teachers were celebrated at the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards national ceremony. The awards are the nation's longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens.
The event celebrated the 100th anniversary of the awards program. Student artwork was displayed in a national exhibition at Scholastic Inc. and Affirmative Arts in New York City.
At the ceremony, fashion designer Tracy Reese, poet Kinsale Drake, actor Derek Luke, and novelist Joyce Carol Oates spoke to students about the significance of their national recognition and the importance of continuing their creative expression. An inspiring video message from actress Jamie Lee Curtis was also shared.
Photo:(left to right): Gloria Privis and Art Teacher Rachel Koral (St. Petersburg High); Design & Costume Teacher Patricia Donnelly and Connor Totten (PCCA at Gibbs High); Art Teacher Steve Beverage and Até Porter (PCCA at Gibbs High); and Israel Harris and Art Teacher Brian McAllister (PCCA at Gibbs High).