Maple Grove Senior High's Trenna Tafoya and Olivia Haik earned top national honors in the 2020 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. 

Tafoya received a Gold Medal for her sculpture, "Avocado," while Haik was awarded a Silver Medal for her photograph, "Butterfly Lighting." Both students earned Gold Key awards for their work at the statewide Scholastic Art Awards competition earlier this year. By earning national medals, Tafoya and Haik will join other winners at a recognition ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City. 

Held annually since 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is the nation's longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 7-12, according to the organization's website. The program is presented by Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. Notable alumni of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards include Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Ken Burns, Sylvia Plath, Lena Dunham and Zac Posen. Learn more about this competition.

PHOTOS: Trenna Tafoya (left) and Olivia Haik (right), Maple Grove Senior High students who earned national medals in the 2020 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

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3 high schools logoStarting April 6 and continuing for the rest of the school year, the stadium/field lights at all three comprehensive high schools will be turned on as a beacon of solidarity that signifies our schools’ collective commitment to students and community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Be the Light” will occur every Monday at approximately 8:20 pm (20:20 military time) for 20 minutes in honor of the class of 2020 and the health care/emergency responder community. Please do not stop by the schools. Photos and videos will be posted on each school’s social media each week

Each school is encouraging its students to “Be the Light” to others. Students are encouraged to call and reach out to their family, friends, and teammates each and every day to be the light for them and to shine through this adversity.

View a short video message from the principals of OSH, PCSH and MGSH.