The Scholastic Art and Writing Award Competition

Congratulations are in order for Kotta Katsuda (Grade 11) and Paris Khanyi (Grade 12), two of our art students who recently entered the 2016 Scholastic Art and Writing Award Competition.

The Scholastic Art and Writing Award Competition is a prestigious event open to US stateside schools and select international schools. All of the nearly 320,000 entries are adjudicated by professional artists, offering students a chance to earn awards and scholarships. Select students are also given the opportunity to exhibit and publish their works.

This is the first year that ASIJ students have entered the Scholastic Art Award Competition, having only discovered information about the competition this year, about a week before the competition deadline. Just four students managed to prepare their work in time to enter, but it is a certainty that next year more students will be inspired to participate.


Two of our students’ works were selected for awards in the International Region-at-Large. Kotta Katsuda was awarded a Silver Key award for her mixed media piece, Trapped in Time. She was also awarded an Honorable mention in the Mixed Media category for her piece titled Breakfast. Kotta will be receiving her award certificate and Silver Key in mid-March.


Paris Khanyi entered the Editorial Cartoon category sponsored by the Herb Block Foundation. She was awarded an Honorable Mention for her ink resist, Peace Sells….But Who is Buying? Paris will also receive her award certificate in mid–March.

As Kotta’s and Paris’ art teacher, Rebecca Sentgeorge will receive an educator recognition certificate and an educator recognition pin in March, as well.