Young Artists Competition



PENC (Professional Educators of North Carolina), a professional association that serves as THE Voice for educators in policy-making, the forum for developing professional relationships and the advocate for improving the learning environment for every educator and student, is currently accepting electronic entries for its 9th annual Young Artists Competition. The goal of this project is to highlight the hard work of North Carolina’s teachers and their students.

Six works of art will be selected as the winning entries by a PENC panel of judges. The pieces will be duplicated for display in our Raleigh office, on the PENC website and may be used in future publications. The six winning entrants will receive an award of $50.00 and a certificate of achievement from PENC. The teachers will be presented with a certificate and gift bag at the fall 2017 Executive Board Meeting. PENC is looking forward to the wonderful work from all around our great state.

The Young Artists Competition is open to all North Carolina Educators and from all disciplines.

Submission guidelines:

  • The work needs to be two-dimensional and created by students in North Carolina schools (including public, private, charter and magnet schools).
  • A teacher must enter the submission on behalf of the student electronically:
    • One entry per student
    • Maximum of five entries per teacher
    • All submissions must be e-mailed by the teacher to
    • The e-mail submission MUST include:
      • A clear, non-blurry, digital photo of the work*
      • The full name of the student, school, and grade level (Please check your county/school policy on student work being published).
      • Full name and contact information for the student’s parent or guardian.
      • Your name (teacher), title, telephone number, e-mail address and your school address.
  • All submissions must be received by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, May 31, 2017.
  • The selected winners and their teachers will be notified in summer of 2017.
  • The awards and certificates will be presented at the fall 2017 PENC Executive Board Meeting, with the date and location to be announced in the invitation.

If you have any questions, please contact Bill Medlin, Associate Executive Director, at or 800.542.8844.

* PENC will need high resolution images for the six winning entrants. When sending your submissions, include low resolution images, but be sure to have high resolution images in case your students’ work is selected.

 2016 Winners:

Elementary School


Hayley Hartley, 5th Grade

Sawmills Elementary, Caldwell County 

Art Teacher - Brad Wright






Sydney Strader, 5th Grade

Lincoln Elementary School, Rockingham County

Art Teacher - Donna Moore





Tess Caron, 2nd Grade

Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary, Brunswick County

Art Teacher - Theresa Reiter



Middle School


Jackie Paniagua, 8th Grade

Mt. Olive Middle School

Art Teacher - Karen Helms



Daniella Calderon Lacayo, 8th Grade

Clemmons Middle School, Forsyth County

Art Teacher - Katherine Adams Howard



Makaiya Davis, 8th Grade

First Flight Middle School, Dare County

Art Teacher - Jennifer Stewart



High School

Natalie Wong, 9th Grade

Longleaf School of the Arts, Wake County

Art Teacher - Grace Franklin 





William Wagner, 11th Grade

Longleaf School of the Arts, Wake County

Art Teacher - Grace Franklin




Haewon Song, 12th Grade

Eugene Ashley High School

Art Teacher - Angela Hewett