FBCA Fine Arts and Writing Students Awarded with Eight Gold Keys and Six Silver Keys at HCDE Regional Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

FBCA Director of Fine Arts Robert Sanders, Julia Marrow, Surrell Taylor, Thea Longbottom, Madison Carter and FBCA Upper School Art Teacher Ryan Baptiste.

On Wednesday, May 3rd, nine Fort Bend Christian Academy (FBCA) students were recognized by the Harris County Department of Education (HCDE) for their exemplary art at the Regional Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Ceremony in the Cullen Theater at the Wortham Center in Downtown Houston.

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards is the nation’s longest-running prestigious recognition program for creative teens. FBCA students earned 25 Scholastic Awards, including eight Gold Keys, six Silver Keys and ten Honorable Mention awards. This year from this region, there were over 7,700 art submissions and over 5,200 writing submissions in the competition. Of those submissions, 425 were Gold Key awards and 575 were Silver Key awards.

Senior Surrell Taylor was also awarded the Texas Art Supply Award, where he was one of five students to be selected for this award.

Three of the above FBCA students, Surrell Taylor, Julia Marrow and Thea Longbottom, will be recognized by the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards program this summer in New York City.

“We are equally honored and grateful to be recognized by this prestigious program! It is an honor to be selected and to have the student’s work showcased in this manner,” Robert Sanders, FBCA Director of Fine Arts, said.

HCDE annually sponsors the regional Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. School districts, private schools and home schools are represented as students earning Gold Key, Silver Key and Honorable Mention awards.

All Scholastic Art and Writing competition entries are considered for multiple awards, with the Gold Key being the pinnacle. The awards are presented to students during celebration ceremonies and exhibitions in each region of the state. Jurors look for work that exemplifies the Awards’ core values: originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.

The regional Gold Key entries are automatically considered for national awards in New York City, where world-renowned creative professionals will judge them.