National Gold Medal Winner

National Gold Medal Winner
Congratulations to high school junior Dylan Dugourd for receiving top honors in the prestigious Alliance for Young Artists & Writers’ Scholastic Art & Writing awards for his independent research on computer graphics and video game design.

Dylan spent many hours researching and developing his game and was honored with a gold medal in video game design at a recent ceremony at Carnegie Hall.

His game – Dylan’s Library – is a narrated multiplatform game that was developed with the halls and classrooms of the high school created in a 3D model as inspiration. His goal is to take a surreal look into the minds of high school students as they create their own stories of themselves – motivators, likes, dislikes, what makes them unique. His work was exhibited with other honorees at the Parsons School of Design’s Art.Write.Now. 2019 National Exhibition, which featured the most creative visual and literary works by teens from across the country.

Dylan credits high school science teacher Melissa Garcia for encouraging him in his research direction and music teacher Christine Creighton for her part in organizing students in the school’s Music Industry II class to create different kinds of music for the various levels in his game. He spent last summer attending a summer academy in engineering at the University of Pennsylvania and this summer looks forward to participating in a game design program at New York University to continue on his creative and technical path of digital game development.

“My game is a testament to the high school experience,” Dylan said. “People want to share their stories and I thought this would be an interesting platform for that. I look forward to expanding on it and enhancing my vision.”

Click here for a preview of Dylan’s Library:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCmCmPAw1FM