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Ten Hillsborough County Public School students have been honored with national Scholastic Art & Writing Awards this year.

Hillsborough Students Honored with National Art and Writing Awards

June 21, 2017

Ten students from Hillsborough County Public Schools earned NATIONAL Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for their creative endeavors this year.  Their works were selected as among the best of over 330,000 works submitted to Regional Affiliates during the 2016-17 school year.  Of those submitted, less than 1% earned recognition as American Vision, American Voices, Silver, or Gold Medalists. Hillsborough Region students earned 12 national awards – 11 of them went to students from HCPS (one was from a private school)!

In addition, just 700 students from around the country and their teachers were invited to Carnegie Hall to receive their American Vision, American Voices, and Gold Medals. Our Hillsborough Region had 3 students who were lucky enough to attend the awards on June 8, 2017 at Carnegie Hall in Manhattan. Thanks to the commitment of the Hillsborough Education Foundation (HEF) and the generous contribution from Suncoast Schools Credit Union (SSCU), all three students and all three teachers were able to travel to be part of these events. 

Below are the award categories and the winners from the Hillsborough region. Students and educators of students who received Silver Medals will receive their medals and certificates at home because of limited space at Carnegie Hall and other event venues.  All of these students deserve recognition.  (The asterisk denotes the students and teachers who traveled to New York.)


*American Visions Medal - Javarus Brooks, 12th grade, Blake High, Teacher: Lenny Cabanero-Harvey

Silver Medal - Jack Glover, 11th grade, Plant High School, Teacher: Stacy Rosende

Silver Medal - Elena Grant, 11th grade, Plant High School, Teacher: Stacy Rosende

Silver Medal - Otto Rapp, 12th grade, Berkeley Preparatory School, Teacher: Jamie Farkas


*American Voices Medal & Silver Medal - Skyler Cox, "Inhumanity Suite", grade 12, Blake High School, Teacher: Casey Curry

*Gold Medal - Sarah Ferguson, "Six Words, One Thousand Stories", grade 11, Riverview High School, Teacher: Mike Zelazo

Silver Medal - Andrea Bustamante, "The Sorrows of a Widowed Man", grade 12, King High School, Teacher: Michele Prado

Silver Medal - Laura De Sousa, "Sandcastles, Kites and Callused Hands, The Sun's Letter to the Moon", grade 11, Blake High School, Teacher: Casey Curry

Silver Medal - Megan Gonzalez, "Black Lives Matter", grade 12, Durant High School, Teacher: Holley Kimble

Silver Medal - Isabel Hanewicz, "School Board Votes 4-3 to Terminate Superintendent's Contract", grade 12, Robinson High School, Teacher: Nancy Oben

Silver Medal - Ramona Morgan, "Perfect, Please", grade 10, East Bay High School, Teacher Alycia Cox

Elizabeth Brown, Supervisor of Secondary Language Arts for HCPS, said, “My sincerest appreciation goes out to HEF for their commitment to the Hillsborough students and teachers who participated in this year's awards. We couldn't have done it without you or the generous support from our presenting sponsor, Suncoast Credit Union!  I hope these pictures will show what I know to be true; we have found a way to honor the arts and writing achievements for the students in Hillsborough County.”  Kudos to our amazingly talented writers and artists and their teachers and schools! 

For more information about the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, please visit their website at  To see the art and literature projects of the Hillsborough region student winners, use this Dropbox link at   

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