autumn gottsman pcshPark Center Senior High’s Autumn Gottsman earned a silver medal in the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for her digital artwork, “Forest in Half.” Gottsman is the first Park Center student to receive an award in this competition.

Held annually, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 7-12, according to the organization’s website. The program is presented by Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.

This year, a record-breaking 330,000 works of art and writing were submitted by teens from throughout the United States—pieces that spanned 29 categories including poetry, photography, sculpture, humor, editorial cartoons, video game design and more.

“Our wonder and amazement at the creative output of our country’s youth—and the dedication of our extraordinary educators—never ceases, and this year is no exception,” said Virginia McEnerney, executive director of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. “The young people being recognized…are to be celebrated for their creative and critical thinking, their bravery in telling their own stories on their own terms, and their inventiveness in recording and recreating their words.”

Gottsman stands among an elite group of 2,500 nationwide winners this year. Notable alumni of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards include Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Ken Burns, Sylvia Plath, Lena Dunham and Zac Posen.