March 29, 2012 — Honoring Creative Young Artists and Writers

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, one of the country's longest-running award and recognition programs for creative teenagers, announced the winners of its 2012 competition on March 20. Among the 15 high school students from across the country who received a Portfolio Gold Award, the highest level of achievement that includes a $10,000 cash scholarship, was artist Batrek Yassa, a senior at Jersey City Arts High School. On June 1, Yassa and fellow winners will be honored onstage at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Select award-winning art and writing will be exhibited at Parsons The New School for Design in Manhattan through June 16. To read more about the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, go to