Cypress Creek HS student wins national Scholastic Art gold medals

April 13, 2021

April 13, 2021—Cypress Creek High School sophomore Stacy (Rose) Escalona won two national gold medals in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for her pieces, both photos, titled “Perfection” and Relief.

“I loved photography ever since I saw a photographer in seventh grade,” said Escalona. “Being a student learning how to use a darkroom is a dream to me. Taking a photo is so much more than clicking a button and you’re done. There is a process, and photography is the job of my dreams. I want to keep learning about photography as much as I can, which leads me to want to major in art when I go to college.”

Cypress Creek High School sophomore Stacey (Rose) Escalona’s photo, Relief, won a national gold medal from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Escalona won a second gold medal for another photography entry, “Perfection”.
Cypress Creek High School sophomore Stacey (Rose) Escalona’s photo, Relief, won a national gold medal from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Escalona won a second gold medal for another photography entry, “Perfection”.

Students from grades 7-12 who earned Gold Key Awards at the regional level through the Harris County Department of Education (HCDE) earlier this year advanced to be judged in the 98th annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards in New York City. Seventy-five national medalists were chosen out of the approximately 15,000 entries from across 13 Harris County school districts and 10 private schools.

“The Photography I and II electives connect art and science by allowing students to study the art of photography and create photographs using 35 mm film, which they develop and print in a darkroom,” said Cypress Creek photography teacher Katie Lopez. “I am very proud of Stacy’s achievements, commitment and dedication to fine art photography.”

Past winners of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards include Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redfield and Joyce Carol Oates.

Visit the Scholastic Art & Writing website to learn more about the awards.

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