It’s no secret that many students at Diamond Bar High School have talent. Recently, the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards proved this once again byrecognizing seven Brahmas for their submissions in the annual contest. Writers
Brian Chang, Irene Chang, Gaby Dinh and Frances Song, and artists Joseph Chang,
Eunice Chung and Connie Mach received various awards for their entries in
several different categories.
There are three levels of regional recognition: Gold Key, Silver Key, and
Honorable Mention. With her personal essay, titled “9 Words Irrational, 1 Word
Sane,” Dinh was awarded a Gold Key while Song, Brian Chang and
Irene Chang all received honorable mention: Song for her personal essay, “Home,
as Told through the Five Senses,” Brian Chang for both his short story, titled
“Snapshot,” and his critical essay, “Internet Aff,” and Irene Chang for her short
story, “Clair de Lune.”
Meanwhile in the art category, three students received Silver Keys for their
submitted works. Joseph Chang received a Silver Key in the category, “Drawing
and Illustration,” for his art entry, titled “Building Blocks of Life,” Chung was awarded for her paintings, “Largo” and “Vivace,” and Mach for
her paintings, “Track,” and “After the Rain.”
Brian Chang, who entered in the contest and received honorable mention last
year as well, was encouraged to submit his works by a summer school teacher.
“Think about what you want to write in small chunks. Don’t put too much
pressure on yourself, thinking you have to finish your entire story in one
sitting; spread it out so it’s easier to write,” he said via Facebook.
The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards have been held annually since 1923,
making it the longest running competition for teenagers in the United States.
Today, over 90,000 students around the country in grades seven through 12
submit a total of over 185,000 works in 28 different art and writing categories
While regional awards have already been designated, works are still being
considered for national awards. All works that receive Gold Keys are sent to
New York City, where the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers hosts a panel
of judges that selects entries that will receive either Gold Medal, Silver
Medal, or the American Visions or Voices Medal.
In addition to recognizing creative young minds for their literary and
artistic talent, the Awards are a large source of scholarships for high school
students. For example, in the writing portfolio category, which is only open to
seniors, 15 Gold Medalists receive $10,000 and numerous scholarship
opportunities from over 60 colleges, universities, and summer programs each
The Awards have recognized several notable figures in past years, including
Truman Capote, noted author of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and “In Cold Blood,” in
1932, fashion designer Zac Posen in 1998, and pop artist Andy Warhol in 1945.