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LaFayette CSD student named a national medalist

LaFayette CSD student named a national medalist in Scholastic Art & Writing awards

A budding artist from LaFayette Central School District has received top honors in the 2018 National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the nation's longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 7–12.

LaFayette Junior/Senior High School student Adam Schaefer earned a Silver Medal for his self-portrait submission to the national contest, placing him among the top 1 percent of this year’s award-winners.

More than 350,000 works of art and writing were submitted for judging at the regional level through the more than 100 local affiliates of the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers Alliance in 28 categories, including poetry, painting, architecture, short story, fashion design and more. Submissions were evaluated based on originality, technical skill and emergence of personal vision or voice.

By winning a Scholastic Art & Writing Award, Adam joins a legacy of celebrated artists and authors, including Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford, Ken Burns and Lena Dunham.


The awards are presented annually by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. Students in grades seven through 12 can apply in 28 categories of art and writing for the chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited or published.

Submissions are juried by luminaries in the visual and literary arts, some of whom are past award recipients, according to the awards’ website. Panelists look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.



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