Anxiety for the awards

Students Impatiently wait for Art and Writing results


She carefully scrolls through each and every photo to find the perfect fit, whether the lighting is off, the angle is wrong or it is just not what she is looking for, the task of picking the perfect photo becomes more difficult with each image she sees. That is until she comes across one she knows is her best work yet, and prepares to submit the photo for the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

This was the selection process for senior Ariba Charania along with thousands of artists and writers last year as they pushed to meet the December 15 deadline. Charania believes she did the best she could, and is anxious to see what will come of it.

“I’m anxious and excited, because I’m amazed by the work I did,” she said. “I never thought I would pursue photography in a competitive way, and that’s a win for me already.”

Students in grade level 8 through 12 can enter the awards in several different categories, all related to art and writing. She believes that these awards give students valuable opportunities to showcase their skills.

“The competition allows students to push themselves out of the comfort zone and try something they’ve never done before,” she said. “It’s a huge learning experience.”

As Charania anxiously awaits the results, she looks forward to receiving feedback about her work. Students dedicate hours to perfecting their pieces, and she hopes the wait will be worth it in the end.

“The waiting process is difficult and filled with anxiety and excitement, she said. “When I took the photo and saw the result, I knew this was something different. The piece I chose was my absolute favorite. More than knowing if I qualified for the next step, I’m excited to see the feedback I receive.”

Gold Key, Silver Key and Honorable Mention recipients will be notified by email by Jan. 31. An award ceremony to honor students will take place in February.