Erin Kellogg and Jesse Vogel, both juniors at Bexley High School, have been recognized with National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards of 2009.
Kellogg earned a gold medal for her personal essay/memoir "Bourbon, Puzzles, Novels, Smokes, and Scrabble," while Vogel won silver for his personal essay/memoir "A Day in the Streets."
Both will travel with BHS English teacher, Denise Novak, who submitted their work, to a New York City ceremony in early June.
According to the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, which sponsors the awards, more than 140,000 works of art and writing were submitted to regional programs of The Scholastic Awards. The work of Kellogg and Vogel is among the 1,000 receiving national awards. Only 80 students nationwide were selected in the personal essay/memoir category.
The two Bexley students will pick up their award medals at a Carnegie Hall presentation on June 4 and attend workshop sessions June 5 with dignitaries in the visual and literary arts fields and experts from the creative industry. In addition, some of the works of the national winners will be published in catalogs, anthologies and newspapers across the country.