North Dakota Scholastic Art & Writing Award Winners Announced

Plains Art Museum and the Red River Valley Writing Project have selected 47 North Dakota winners of the 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the nation’s foremost recognition program for creative students in grades 7–12.

Student award winners will be recognized at a ceremony on Feb. 17, from 6:30-8 p.m. at Plains Art Museum. The event is free and open to the public. Gold Key winners in writing will read from their works and all of the award-winning art is on display in the Museum’s Center for Creativity gallery through Feb. 21.

Judging was performed by the North Dakota affiliate of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, a partnership between the Red River Valley Writing Project at North Dakota State University and Plains Art Museum, both based in Fargo.

Art gold key winners are Lily Ferguson, Grand Forks; Alexa Gathman, Devil’s Lake; Zach Howatt, Hunter; Ashleigh Jerde, Bottineau; Zachary Lonefight, Wahpeton; Megan Tichy, Tower City; and Megan Vetter, West Fargo.

Art silver key winners are Ashley Fagerland, Williston; Shelby Foreman, Watford City; Ashleigh Jerde, Bottineau; Nathan Maliscke, Fargo; Megan Tichy, Tower City; and Jonah Zimmerman, Hazen.

Art honorable mentions include Jwan Al Selim, West Fargo; Jessica Azure, Wahpeton; Clare Bath, Fargo; Tierney Branson, West Fargo; Irene Buhendwa, Fargo; Gavin Dorsey,Grand Forks; Kayla Eagle Bull, Wahpeton; Amanda Fasthorse-Geshick, Wahpeton; Darnelle Fourstar, Wahpeton; De Mario Go Clanney, Wahpeton; Olivia Van Renterghem, Fargo; Sydney Werner, Elgin; and Phillip Wyganowski, West Fargo.

Writing gold key winners are Molly Feland, Grand Forks; Sophie Glessner, Fargo; Jack Hastings, Hillsboro; Brooke Schaefer, Horace; and Amanda Wagar, Casselton.

Writing silver key winners are Alex Avila, Mandaree; Shyanne Belzer, Minot; Ashley Fagerland, Williston; Lily Ferguson, Grand Forks; Jack Hastings, Hillsboro; Kayla Redfoot, Wahpeton; Nicole Rothenberger, Grand Forks; Brooke Schaefer, Minot; Kooper Shagena, Horace; Hannah Shawstad, Grand Forks; and Virginia Brower, Emerado.

Writing honorable mentions include Irene Buhendwa, Fargo; Dylan Foley, Grand Forks; Caitlin Hurst,  Fessenden; Wyatt Koppang, Grand Forks; Jadyn Leiseth, West Fargo; Vaughn Morrison, Wahpeton; Michelle Narcia, Wahpeton; and Amanda Wagar, Casselton.

Teachers of these award-winning students will also be recognized at the ceremony and receive Scholastic Art & Writing educator pins.

Works by all gold key recipients from more than 100 regional programs across the U.S. are entered into the national competition, and those winners will be announced on March. 15.

About the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
Started in 1923 by Scholastic founder Maurice Robinson, the awards are the nation’s highest honor and largest source of scholarships for creative teenagers. Notable Scholastic Awards alumni include Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Joyce Carol Oates, Ken Burns, Sylvia Plath, Robert Redford, Stephen King, Lena Dunham, and many more.

A complete list of 2015 regional Scholastic Art & Writing Award winners is available online To learn more about the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, visit the Scholastic Media Room online at