EAPrep Student Wins Scholastic Art and Writing Gold Medal For Video Game Design

East Austin College Prep 8th grader Michael Alvarez won a Gold Medal and Game Changer Award at the 2012 National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards held by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers in New York City.  Created in 1923, the awards are the longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in the U.S., and the largest source of scholarships for young artists and writers. Micheal’s Gold Medal win at the National Level in the Video Game category is an incredibly prestigious honor and EAPrep is over the moon for him and his accomplishment. Just look at this list of noted winners from the past:

Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford and Joyce Carol Oates. That’s pretty incredible company!

The Alliance partners with more than 100 visual and literary-arts focused organizations across the country to bring the awards competition to local communities. Teens in grades 7 through 12 can apply in 28 categories of art and writing for the chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited or published.

Submissions are juried by luminaries in the visual and literary arts, some of whom are past award recipients. Panelists look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.

National Medalists, like Michael, are celebrated at a prestigious Carnegie Hall ceremony and have their work showcased in reputable galleries in New York City. Of course, we will be celebrating here at EAPrep, too. Congratulations to Michael and all those who helped him get his work ready for competition.


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