Mayfield student artists bring home 19 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
Congratulations to our student artists, who racked up an impressive tally of 19 awards in the 2020 Western Region Scholastic Art & Writing Awards from a pool of more than 60,000 submissions. The Scholastic Awards, which recognize students in 29 different genres of creative arts and writing, are among the nation’s oldest and most prestigious arts prizes.
“It’s a tremendous achievement for our talented artists and writers to receive recognition outside of our school community,” said Creative Writing teacher and Conservatory for the Arts chair, Kimberly Gomez. “Knowing their work stands out among student work across the nation gives them confidence to pursue their passions for the arts.”
Two of our senior visual artists won big. Magnolia Katz ’20 was awarded an Honorable Mention for her painting, Gone Native, and Alexia Saigh ’20, who scored nine photography and art awards, was among just 20 winners who received this many awards. She won a coveted Gold Key award in photography for her image titled Friends for Life, which puts her in contention for the national medals that are announced in March.
Alexia also received Silver Key awards for Aunt Ida and Repairing Fishing Nets; and Honorable Mentions for Grecian Friend of the Feral Felines, Growing Up in Ermemin Jordan, Sick City, Tradesman from Sami, and Villager from Sami, as well as for her portfolio, titled Female Endurance, which calls attention to issues including religious freedom, patriotism, women’s empowerment, poverty, and homelessness.
Our student writers were recognized across many genres—from journalism and opinion editorial pieces to poetry and short stories.
Emily Wallace ’20 was recognized with an Honorable Mention in journalism for A Writer’s Touch, her article about an afternoon with author Janet Fitch.
Grace Fontes ’21 received two awards for her poems, including a Silver Key for I am, and an Honorable Mention for Myself in 20 Lines.
Keara Keelty ’21received an Honorable Mention for her poem titled From the Shoreline, the Child Believed.
Kristine Pascual ’21 won a poetry Honorable Mention for How Lovely.
Clare Hawkinson ’22 won an Honorable Mention for her On the Gold Line poem.
Kathryn Mechaley ’22 won an Honorable Mention for her poetry portfolio entitled Fears.
Ashlee Smith ’22 brought home an Honorable Mention in the short story category for The Little Library.
Established in 1931, Mayfield Senior School in Pasadena, CA is a Catholic, independent, college preparatory school for young women grades 9-12. Noted for its rigorous academic program, which includes 28 Advanced Placement and Honors courses, Mayfield’s curriculum is underscored by a philosophy of educating the “whole child,” which also encourages commitment to and excellence in the arts, athletics, community service and spiritual growth. The nurturing environment at Mayfield Senior School allows each student to flourish in an atmosphere of personal attention.