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”.
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.