2016 AZ Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Ceremony Invitation

“Shine” at YAA’s 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Ceremony on April 16th

Young Authors of Arizona (YAA), a 501(c)(3) non-profit and Arizona’s Scholastic Art & Writing Awards affiliate, congratulations to Arizona “young authors,” artists and writers who earned earned Honorable Mention, Silver Key, or Gold Key status 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

“Shine” by joining us on April 16th!

YAA invites each honoree and a friend, family members, mentor teachers, administrators, and supporters to attend YAA’s 2016 Arizona Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Ceremony  on April 16th at Desert Mountain High School in Scottsdale. This’ll be a special evening as you’re recognized as among Arizona’s best teen artists and/or writers.

To confirm grade 7-12 honorees, check the 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards results: 2016 Scholastic Writing Awards honorees and 2016 Scholastic Art Awards honorees; both lists are itemized by last name.

RSVP to attend

Students should have gotten a Ceremony RSVP e-mail from YAA. If a student and you didn’t get the e-mail or if you wish to attend the YAA’s 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Ceremony on April 16th, RSVP through this link!

April 16th Ceremony details

Location: Desert Mountain High School, east school building lobby entrance to the Auditorium (see on Google Maps) at 12575 E Vía Linda, Scottsdale, AZ 85259. You’ll see signs for parking and the ceremony location on campus.

Arrival, check-in, seating (5:00 – 6:00 pm)

The east school lobby entrance opens at 5:00 pm and the auditorium doors open at 5:30, encouraging families to arrive, check-in with YAA to confirm certificates, and be seated by 6:00.

Ceremony (6:00 – 7:00 pm)

For this semi-formal affair, YAA teen emcees will welcome as creative Arizona teens do, share the history of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, then honorees will be individually called on-stage to receive Scholastic Art & Writing Awards certificates.

Arizona’s 11 national medal-winning art and writing pieces will also be given special recognition, as well as this year’s national and state scholarship winners.

This year’s ceremony keynote speaker will be acclaimed photographer and art philanthropist Jon Linton.

Towards ceremony’s end, we’ll share the 2015-2016 YAA year-in-review, release Shine: Best Arizona Teen Writing of 2016, and YAA’s Student Committee leaders will welcome you to participate in our Shine, Arizona! 2016-2016 outreach campaign.

Thereafter, you’re encourage to stay for and enjoy the evening’s reception.

Reception (7:00 – 8:30 pm)

In the school lobby,  enjoy light refreshments and delicacies while you meet and make friends with some of Arizona’s most creative grade 7-12 teens, as well as their families, mentors, supporters, and friends.

Shine book copies will be on sale (all proceeds to benefit Arizona language and media arts) and YAA volunteers will be on-hand to answer questions about upcoming YAA involvement, support, events, publications, and 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards participation.

The auditorium will also re-open for teens to “open mike” read their works, with an understanding that no food or drinks may be brought in.


“Shine, Arizona!” through 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 …

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