Henrico students win national art and writing awards


“Loc’d” by Cameryn McNeil

Four Henrico County Public School students were honored at the 2022 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. The HCPS winners were selected from more than 260,000 entries in the United States and Canada, a 25% increase in entries from 2021.

Three of the students will be recognized at a ceremony in June in New York. All are eligible for publication in national print and online collections, as well as nomination for top college scholarship opportunities.

Three students from the Henrico High School Arts Center won prizes for their visual arts entries, and a student from Mills Godwin High School won two medals for poetry in the writing portion of the competition.

The Center for the Arts’ Andrew Palmer won the nation’s highest award for his lead portfolio, titled “Blackness in Frame.” Of the hundreds of winning portfolio entries from regions across the country, only 11 students have been recognized with a Gold Key Portfolio award. He will be published in a national publication, participate in a virtual panel in May and receive a $10,000 scholarship. Including Palmer, the Center for the Arts at HCPS has had four of the 75 National Portfolio Laureates since 2014, more than 5% of all Laureates in the United States and Canada during that time.

Cameryn McNeil, also a student at the Center for the Arts, won the Visual Arts Gold Key for “Loc’d.” She was one of the few Commonwealth students to win in the Digital Art category.

Part of Andrew Palmer’s award-winning portfolio.

Jordyn Johnson won a silver in the Comic Arts category of the 2022 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

Jordyn Johnson of the Center for the Arts won a silver award in the Comic Arts category for “A Trip to the Museum”.

Mills Godwin High School student Mia Tan has twice won the poetry category of the writing competition, winning a gold medal for “A Sister’s Departure” and a silver medal for “Bedside Promises.”

Palmer, McNeil and Tan are among a select group of students who will travel to New York to be honored at a special ceremony June 8 at Carnegie Hall.

The competition, sponsored by the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, is the nation’s longest-running recognition program for creative teens.


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