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Fox Chapel Area Students Win Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

Several Fox Chapel Area School District students recently won awards for their entries in the Pittsburgh Region of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards 2021. 

in the arts competition, the Fox Chapel Area Gold Key winners were seniors Jessica Jing McCann (4 Gold Keys), Joey Wang (2 Gold Keys), Alwyn Williams, and Wenyu Zuo (2 Gold Keys); sophomore Jonathan Li; and freshman Isabella White (2 Gold Keys).  Additionally, Jessica Jing McCann was selected as an American Visions nominee for her jewelry piece entitled, “Anxiety’s Flight.”  This honor is given to only a select few regional Gold Key winners and their pieces are considered to be among the very best of the show.  All of the Gold Key winners will now have their work sent to New York for national judging where they will be competing with other regional winners from across the United States for national awards.  The winners of the national contest will be part of The Scholastic Art Awards National Exhibit.

The Fox Chapel Area Silver Key winners were seniors Samantha DiGregoryMeredith Francis (2 Silver Keys), Kristian Kerschbaumer, Jessica Jing McCann (5 Silver Keys), Joey Wang, and Zoey Zoschg; junior Alexa Berman (2 Silver Keys); sophomores Jonathan Li and Sophie Shao; and freshman Isabella White.

The Fox Chapel Area Honorable Mention winners were seniors Emma Begg (3 Honorable Mentions), Madelyn FrancisAinsley Good, Jessica Jing McCann (3 Honorable Mentions), Joey Wang (4 Honorable Mentions), Alwyn Williams, Zoey Zoschg, and Wenyu Zuo (3 Honorable Mentions); juniors Alexa Berman (4 Honorable Mentions) and Emily Hook; sophomores Madisyn Elwood, Jonathan Li (3 Honorable Mentions), and Sophie Shao; freshmen Emma Kim (3 Honorable Mentions) and Isabella White (4 Honorable Mentions); and eighth-graders Caleb Adams and Yuqi Zhou.

The regional award winners were selected by a panel of distinguished judges which included artists, art educators, and art professionals.  

The Fox Chapel Area High School art teachers are Joan MarangoniMary Jo Montgomery, Sarah Patrick, Christine SmithSarah Stewart, and Amy Wickman. The Dorseyville Middle School art teachers are Cheryl EttersNanci Goldberg, and Mackenzie Seymour.


In the writing competition, six Fox Chapel Area School District students won awards for their submissions. Fox Chapel Area High School junior Anna Ferris won a Gold Key for her flash fiction, “A Life in Moments.” Her entry has now been sent to New York City for national judging. Winning Silver Keys were senior Jessica Jing McCann in the poetry category and junior Lance Wilhelm in the journalism category, and Dorseyville Middle School eighth-grader Moonyoung Hwang won two Silver Keys for her poetry. Honorable Mentions went to senior Margaret Dean in the personal essay & memoir category, and to junior Shea Davison in the flash fiction category.  

Nearly 500 submissions, spanning a variety of different genres of writing, were received from students from across Allegheny County. The local competition is sponsored by the Western Pennsylvania Writing Project. The Project is a nonprofit, teacher-centered professional development program serving area schools and students. It is hosted by the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Education and is a long-standing affiliate of the National Writing Project. The group partners with schools and community organizations in its efforts to strengthen academic and public literacy.