Caruso, Graham earn Belin-Blank awards

Lucy Graham and Danny Caruso both received awards at the University of Iowa's Belin-Blank Center for young artists and writers. Courtesy photo.

The Belin-Blank Center at the University of Iowa has announced the regional award recipients of the 2021 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Presented by the nonprofit organization, the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the country’s longest-running and most prestigious scholarship and recognition program for creative students in grades 7–12. This program year, more than 330,000 works of art and writing were submitted to 100 Affiliate regions across the country. As one of the largest national affiliates, the Belin-Blank Center adjudicated over 7,000 pieces of art and writing from the Iowa and Midwest Regions. Creative teens from Iowa and the Midwest received regional honors, including Gold Keys, Silver Keys, Honorable Mentions, and/or American Visions & Voices nominations, including:
Danny Caruso, a senior at Holy Trinity High School, earned a Silver Key in the Humor category for writing: “A Funnyman’s Folly.”
Lucy Graham, a junior at Holy Trinity High School, earned an Honorable Mention for her painting titled: “On the Roof.”
Since the program’s founding in 1923, the Awards have fostered the creativity and talent of millions of students, including renowned alumni who have gone on to become leaders in their fields, including Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Philip Pearlstein, and Sylvia Plath. More recently, Stephen King, Richard Linklater, Zac Posen, and Lena Dunham received Scholastic Art & Writing Awards when they were teens.

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