Silver medal award winning digital photo by NW student James Brocar

West Artists Received National Award in Competition

Two Niles West High School artists received National awards in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition sponsored by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, an organization that identifies teens with exceptional literary and artistic talent. The competition, founded in 1923, is the nation’s longest-running, largest, most prestigious recognition program for creative teenagers in the visual and literary arts. Notable past winners include Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford and Joyce Carol Oates.

The Awards are an important opportunity for students to be recognized for their creative talents. Teens in grades 7 through 12 can apply in almost 30 categories of art and writing for the chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited or published. Nearly 70,000 students are recognized on the regional level: students who received Gold Keys advance to national adjudication.

Silver medal award winning digital photo by NW student James Brocar
(Brocar) (best viewed with 3D glasses)

























Silver medal award winning photograph by Claudia Kedryna.

James Brocar received a Silver medal for “A Child’s Nightmare” (digital art) and Claudia Kedryna received a Silver medal for “Khufu” (photography). These two Niles West students have been identified by panels of creative professionals as some of the most talented young artists in the nation, being recognized out of more than 330,000 submissions. These students were in the top 1% recognized for their artwork at the National Level.  Learn more at