Dartmouth High School students made their mark on the state Scholastic Art & Writing Awards this year, taking home 30 prizes — 28 in visual arts categories and two in writing.

Since 1927 the Scholastic Art Awards have offered millions of students the opportunity to display their artwork and writing for regional and national recognition. The objective is to foster the confidence of young artists and to invite students to broaden their horizons while winning national recognition.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the largest and longest-running programs of their kind in this country, according to a news release.  Submissions are juried by luminaries in the visual and literary arts, some of whom are past award recipients. The regional awards are sponsored and presented by The Boston Globe Foundation and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University, in partnership with the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers.

The highest level of achievement on the regional level is the Gold Key, whose winners go on to national judging. Silver Keys are awarded for distinguished achievement on the regional level. Honorable Mentions are presented to work worthy of recognition on the regional level. Judges based their evaluations on three criteria: originality, technical skill and personal vision.

More than 15,000 pieces of artwork are entered annually nationwide.

All Gold Key work will be sent digitally to the national Scholastic office to be judged with other Gold Key work from throughout the country. The national winners will be announced in mid-March.

All 2018 Massachusetts Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Gold Key artwork will be on exhibit March 17-25 at Breed Hall, Tufts University, 51 Winthrop St., Medford. Admission is free.

Gold and Silver Key awardees will participate in a ceremony at the Cohen Auditorium at The Aidekman Art Center at Tufts University, 40 Talbot Ave., Medford, on March 17. Due to limited seating, that ceremony is invitation-only.