Incredible teacher moment for me today!!! 
      My student Razan Elbaba was recognized by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for her visual art portfolio. She was awarded a GOLD KEY PORTFOLIO at the Regional level and then, today, Gold Medal at the NATIONAL level! She is one of eight in the nation to receive this award in 2016! This is a tremendous honor and I am proud of her!
   Razan is the 4th student in the history of FCPS to receive this award and the first FEMALE!  She has an exemplary creative and tireless work ethic, this could not have happened to a more deserving student! 
   These students are identified by panels of creative professionals as the most talented young artists and writers in the nation! This year, nearly 320,000 works of art and writing were submitted. Only the top 1% were recognized at the national level! We will be traveling to New York City in June to attend an awards ceremony at Carnegie Hall!
The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, presented by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, is the largest, longest-running recognition program of its kind in the United States. Established in 1923, the awards have recognized students who have become some of our nation’s most celebrated artists, including Richard Avedon, Robert Indiana, Phillip Pearlstein, and Andy Warhol. Visual arts categories include architecture, art portfolio, ceramics and glass, comic art, design, digital art, drawing, editorial cartoon, fashion, film and animation, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and video game design. More than 300,000 students participate in the program across the country.  


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