NOCCA students have been selected as regional winners in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Teens in seventh through 12th grades can apply in 28 categories of art and writing for the chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited or published.

Submissions are juried by luminaries in the visual and literary arts, some of whom are past award recipients.

Panelists look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.

The following NOCCA students have received Gold Keys and are eligible for national judging in New York. National medalists will be announced in March.

American Voices Nominees: Best of Show For Region

Tyler DeSpenza, Benjamin Franklin High School, New Orleans: Flash Fiction

Ruthie Landry, Sacred Heart, New Orleans: Poetry.

Brianna Breaux, Haynes Academy, Metairie: Poetry.

Gold Key Portfolio for graduating seniors

Tyler DeSpenza, Franklin, writing portfolio

Brianna Despenza, Karr, New Orleans, art portfolio.

Gold Key winners were:

Brianna Breaux, Haynes Academy, Metairie: Poetry.

Aaron Cooper-Lob, Franklin, New Orleans: Short Story.

Sophia Derbes, Oak Meadow, Mandeville, Flash Fiction.

Tyler DeSpenza; Franklin, New Orleans, Flash Fiction.

Lila Dunlap, home school, New Orleans: Personal Essay, Poetry.

Sydney Fortune, Mandeville High, Mandeville: Photography.

Sarah Gamard, Ursuline, New Orleans: Poetry, Flash Fiction, Short Story.

Ruthie Landry, Sacred Heart, New Orleans: Poetry.

Avery Owings, Franklin, New Orleans: Science Fiction.

Leigh Vila, Haynes Academy, Metairie: Short Story, Personal Essay.

The Alliance collaborates with colleges across the country to leverage an additional $3.25 million in scholarship opportunities for award recipients who demonstrate exceptional promise. Visit for more information.