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Central teen gets graduation surprise from Kelly Clarkson on national television

As if graduating from high school isn’t exciting enough, an Upstate teen also got a cool surprise from a superstar celebrity on national television.

Tyler Kellogg, a Class of 2021 graduate from the SC Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, was featured on the Kelly Clarkson Show this week, as Clarkson announced he has received the Gold Medal Portfolio Award in Writing in the national Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition for his creative non-fiction portfolio titled “The Splintering.”

Out of 15,000 works that competed at the national level, Kellogg is one of 16 to receive the program’s highest honor, which includes a $10,000 scholarship.

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards is the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious scholarship and recognition program for young artists and writers in grades 7-12.

It serves as a launchpad for furthering students’ future success by providing them with access to scholarship programs, workshops, and the ability to have their work published and displayed in regional and national exhibitions.

The works by the national gold medalists will be recognized at the 2021 National Ceremony at Carnegie Hall this summer.

“This award is a huge deal for me,” Kellogg said. “I won a $10,000 scholarship as well as a piece published in The Best Teen Writing series, plus many other opportunities. It’s put a spotlight on my work, which is super encouraging because my pieces often deal with very personal, often unpleasant, experiences.”

“Tyler is a creative, passionate, and gifted young writer, and it’s been a pleasure to have him in our department,” Alan Rossi, Governor’s School Creative Writing Department chair, said. “He is ambitious, hard-working, devoted to learning his craft. We look forward to watching the successes that are sure to come in the future.”

Kellogg, from Central, attended D.W.

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