NOCCA students dominate Scholastic awards

Photo provided by New Orleans Center for Creative Arts -- Scholastic Winners -- From left, Sarah Gamard, Brianna Breaux, Aaron Cooper-Lob, Leigh Vila and Brianna Despenza, NOCCA students studying creative writing and visual arts, were selected by Scholastic Art & Writing as national award winners. Not pictured is Avery Owings. Show caption
Photo provided by New Orleans Center for Creative Arts -- Scholastic Winners -- From left, Sarah Gamard, Brianna Breaux, Aaron Cooper-Lob, Leigh Vila and Brianna Despenza, NOCCA students studying creative writing and visual arts, were selected by Scholastic Art & Writing as national award winners. Not pictured is Avery Owings.

Seven of Louisiana’s nine national Scholastic Art & Writing Awards were given to students at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, the school announced.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are an important opportunity for students to be recognized for their creative talents. Panelists look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.

The following students have received national recognition, and their work will be celebrated at Carnegie Hall and galleries in New York City.

Creative Writing American Voices Medal: Brianna Breaux, partner school, Haynes Academy, for poetry.

Creative Writing Gold Medal: the most outstanding work in the nation: Leigh Vila, partner school, Haynes Academy, personal essay.

Creative Writing Silver Medal: works demonstrating high honors on the national level: Brianna Breaux, poetry.

Aaron Cooper-Lob, Benjamin Franklin, short story.

Sarah Gamard, Ursuline, poetry.

Avery Owings, Benjamin Franklin, science fiction.

Leigh Vila, Haynes, short story.

Silver Medal Visual Art Portfolio: For graduating seniors only/works demonstrating high honors on the national level: Brianna Despenza, Edna Karr, New Orleans, art portfolio.