Congratulations all 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards honorees!

Thank you to all students, mentor teachers, volunteer judges, and family members that participated in the 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. With adjudication complete for all state of Arizona 2016 participants, here are the results!

Pinnacle High's Jacquie Cote, Painting Silver Key for

Pinnacle High’s Jacquie Cote, Painting Silver Key for “Fishbowl Universe.”

2016 AZ Scholastic Writing Awards honorees

Click on 2016 Scholastic Writing Awards honorees to see all grade 7-12 honorees, itemized by last name.

2016 AZ Scholastic Art Awards honorees

Click on 2016 Scholastic Art Awards honorees to see all grade 7-12 honorees, itemized by last name.

Key points

  • Save the date! All state of Arizona Art & Writing Awards Honorable Mention, Silver Key, or Gold Key Certificate honorees, family members, mentor teachers, and principals will soon be invited to YAA’s Scholastic Awards Ceremony on April 16th at Desert Mountain High School in Scottsdale.
  • Scholastic Writing Awards Gold Key and Silver Key-winning compositions may be offered publication in the Best Arizona Teen Writing of 2016 book; notifications will announced by February 15th.
  • 2016 “best of” art exhibition and publication opportunities will also be available; details forthcoming.
  • YAA needs help raising money for this year’s ceremony; please see “Get involved with YAA below and fill out the linked survey.

Get involved with YAA!

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YAA, a State of Arizona and 501(c)(3) non-profit, encourages Arizona’s approximately 2,000 middle schools, high schools, and libraries to mentor grade 7-12 Arizona students to enter the annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

Each year, YAA needs to raise at least $10,000 to perform the below-stated functions for Arizona youth language and media arts. With over 1,700 middle schools and high schools in Arizona as well as many more libraries and community centers, YAA seeks to involve more Arizonans like you, with the 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards as the scope and centerpiece for our growth. YAA is also …

Take the Organizational Involvement survey and support YAA!


Read Convergence: Best Arizona Teen Writing of 2015 

Convergence book cover

April 11th marked the release of YAA’s Convergence: Best Arizona Teen Writing of 2015 book, an anthology of 105 works by 71 grade 7-12 Arizona authors. Please support our authors by purchasing a book copy (click link above), available for $15 with all proceeds going to YAA’s 2015-2016 outreach and development campaign.

Free Convergence: Best Arizona Teen Writing of 2015 selections online

Enjoy reading (and studying?) some of the best grade 7-12 teen writing in the state of Arizona, captured through the Convergence digital version; select works available for free.

Free Bloom: Best Arizona Teen Writing of 2014 selections online

Enjoy reading (and studying?) some of the best grade 7-12 teen writing in the state of Arizona, captured through the Bloom digital version; select works available for free.

AZ’s 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Honorable Mention, Silver Key, & Gold Key entries published online!

From the below links, check out YAA’s 2015 art & writing galleries that display Arizona’s 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards entries. Educators and students, starting September 16th you can register your 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards accounts.

Arizona’s Scholastic Writing Awards home page: See all 252 Arizona Silver Key, Gold Key, and National Medalist works through the Best of AZ Teen Writing 2015 widget on the right-hand side of the web page.

Arizona’s Scholastic Art Awards home page: See all 56 Arizona Silver Key, Gold Key, and National Medalist works through the Best of AZ Teen Art 2015 widget on the right-hand side of the web page.


Thank you PHX Mercury Teen Art & Writing Night fans!

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YAA thanks fans for coming out to US Airways Center on September 11th for Teen Art & Writing Night, a YAA-Phoenix Suns Charities event to support Arizona youth language and media arts.

2016 YAA Student Committee Chairman Alex Cohen, a high school senior, called the evening “a fully immersive experience that gave volunteers first-hand experience interfacing with the general public,” giving YAA “an idea of what Arizona wants in terms of goals for the future and projects to prioritize. What Arizona wants, we found, is exactly what we do: Arizona is looking for an outlet for creative youths to produce great works and publish them in a legitimate sphere.”

“This event demonstrates the Suns organization’s statewide support of youth language and media arts,” lauded YAA President and CEO Billy Gerchick. “Now we hope fans support the MIIIIIIIIIIIGHTY MERCUUUUURY 2015 WNBA playoff run, as well as YAA.”

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