Scholastic Award Participants and Winners The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards continues to be 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. Students’ submissions are judged by luminaries in the visual and literary arts, some of whom have also been past award recipients, and many notable past jurors have lent their expertise, including Francine Prose, Paul Giamatti, Langston Hughes, Robert Frost, Judy Blume, Paula Poundstone, Lesley Stahl, Billy Collins, Michael Beirut, Edward Sorel, David Sedaris, Roz Chast, and more. Panelists look for works that best exemplify the Awards’ core values: originality, technical skill, and the emergence of personal voice or vision. Every year Blackford High School Participates in the Regional Scholastic competition held in Fort Wayne, Indiana. This year Chelsea Canard (12) and Samantha Langdon (12) earned Silver Key Awards for their work. The following students also participated in the scholastic competition this year. Chastiy Jones, Jeremy Jarvis, Waylon Youngblood, Tarick Townsend, Christian Heflin, Kayla Faine,Tori Stinson and Tori Melton.