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Teen Artists, Writers in Harris County Urged to Enter Scholastic Awards 2019
News Release
Thursday, September 13, 2018

Students in grades 7-12 in Harris County may submit their art and writing entries through their teachers and schools beginning Sept. 12-Dec. 3. Seventeen art categories range from painting to video game design and 11 writing genres vary from poetry to short stories.

Harris County Department of Education is one of approximately 100 regional affiliates in the country for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. HCDE supports the Awards through judging, ceremonies, receptions and sponsorships. Notable Awards winners of the past include alumni Stephen King, Zac Posen, Lena Dunham, John Updike, Truman Capote and many more.

"Last year we received 6,225 Harris County student entries from 531 teachers in public and private schools during a time when our students and teachers were recovering from Hurricane Harvey," said Andrea Segraves, HCDE Scholastic Art & Writing Awards coordinator. “Enthusiasm and support for the program continue to grow.”

Segraves believes this year will be a record-breaking year for entries, anticipating the need for extra volunteer judges who are art and writing professionals. Scholastic Art & Writing Regional Affiliate Harris County Department of Education also relies heavily on sponsors to support Houston receptions and travel scholarships for students to attend national ceremonies in New York City in June. To volunteer for judging or to sponsor, email with contact information.

Awardees are announced in late December for art and early January for writing. Art and writing regional awardees’ work will be showcased through gallery venues at Texas Art Supply and Spring Street Studios in February. Ceremonies are planned at the Ballroom at Bayou Center on March 27.

Details about entering, including art and writing categories and rules, may be found through the national Scholastic Art & Writing Awards website:  .  

About Harris County Department of Education: HCDE provides special education, therapy services, early education, adult education and after-school programming. Services are funded by government grants, fees and a local property tax of approximately $9 per homeowner. For every dollar in local property tax collected, HCDE provides $4.40 in services to the 25 Harris County school districts. We operate four campuses for students with profound special education needs and adjudicated or recovering youth who require a low, student-teacher ratio and highly structured environment. One-hundred percent of students served on HCDE campuses are at-risk. We are governed by an elected board of seven trustees and have 1,076 employees and 33 facilities, including 15 Head Start centers. More info at .

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