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Local Students Win National Recognition in the 2013 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

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The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the country’s longest-running and most prestigious award and recognition program for creative teenagers, announced its 2013 National Award recipients. The Macomb, St. Clair and Lapeer Region had seven students awarded nine national medals and 34 students in the  Southeastern Michigan Region (Wayne and Oakland Counties) were awarded 42 national medals from a panel of distinguished judges. The students all submitted their work to the competition through College for Creative Studies and Macomb Community College.

More than 1,600 of the most talented and ambitious students in grades 7-12, representing 47 U.S. states, as well as students in Washington, DC and American schools abroad, were chosen to receive national medals. Students' works were blindly adjudicated, first locally through the 116 affiliates of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the presenting nonprofit of the Awards, and then nationally by panels of judges comprised of renowned artists, authors, educators, and arts professionals. This year’s list of jurors included Edwidge Danticat, Myla Goldberg, Kurt Andersen, Althea Harper, Red Grooms, and Andres Serrano. Works were judged on originality, technical skill, and the emergence of personal vision or voice. Teachers of national winners were also recognized with awards.

2013 marks the 90th anniversary of the Awards, and this year’s program attracted more participants than ever before. More than 230,000 submissions were received in 28 categories, including dramatic script, journalism, humor, novel-writing, science-fiction, as well as painting, sculpture, photography, fashion design, film and animation, and video game design, among others.

In the Macomb, St. Clair and Lapeer Region, the following students were honored:

  • Megan Baniak, Henry Ford II High School, Grade 11, National Silver Medal
  • Caitlin Corbett, Fraser High School, Grade 11, National Silver Medal
  • Caitlin Corbett, Fraser High School, Grade 11, National Silver Medal
  • Michael Kramer, Eisenhower High School, Grade 10, National Silver Medal
  • Hali Rich-Reid, Port Huron Northern High School, Grade 12, National American Vision 
  • Hali Rich-Reid, Port Huron Northern High School, Grade 12, National Gold Medal
  • Cody Schulz, L’Anse Creuse High School, Grade 11, National Gold Medal
  • Mya Thomas, Wyandot Middle School, Grade 8, National Silver Medal
  • Alvina Yousif, L’Anse Creuse High School North, Grade 12, National Gold Medal

In the Southeastern Michigan Region, the following students were honored:

  • Justine Abbo, Bloomfield Hills Andover High School, Grade 9, National Silver Medal
  • Brian Abud, Grosse Pointe North High School, Grade 12, National Gold Medal        
  • Destiny Antieau, William D Ford Career Tech Center, Grade 12, National Silver Medal
  • Alyssa Baldwin, Bloomfield Hills Model School, Grade 12, National Silver Medal Art Portfolio
  • Alyssa Baldwin, Bloomfield Hills Lahser High School, Grade 12, National Silver Medal
  • Alyssa Baldwin, Bloomfield Hills Model High School, Grade 12, National Silver Medal       
  • Morgan Barrow, Stoney Creek High School, Grade 12, National Gold Medal            
  • Catherine Blotner, Detroit Country Day Upper School, Grade 12, National Gold Medal        
  • Molly Bonnell, Shrine Catholic High School, Grade 12, National Gold Medal
  • Helena Chen, Detroit Country Day Upper School, Grade 11, National Silver Medal
  • Anna Choi, Waldon Middle School, Grade 8, National Silver Medal
  • Kathy Chuang, Detroit Country Day Upper School, Grade 12, National Gold Medal
  • Kathie Chuang, Detroit Country Day Upper School, Grade 12, National Silver Medal
  • Kathie Chuang, Detroit Country Day Upper School, Grade 12, National Silver Medal
  • Halie Conyers, Detroit Country Day Upper School, Grade 11, National Gold Medal
  • Katie Crites, Waterford Mott High School, Grade 12, National Silver Medal
  • Phoenix Eller, Home School, Grade 9, National Gold Medal
  • William Erwin, Cranbrook Schools, Grade 12, National Gold Medal             
  • William Erwin, Cranbrook Schools, Grade 12, National Gold Medal 
  • Maxwell Franklin, Stoney Creek High School, Grade 11, National Silver Medal
  • Yazmin Gooren, Rochester High School, Grade 12, National Silver Medal Art Portfolio
  • Hannah Hansen, Detroit Country Day School,  Grade 9, National American Vision
  • Emily Herard, Detroit Country Day Upper School, Grade 11, National Gold Medal    
  • Dakota Jones, Bloomfield Hills Model High School, Grade 12, National Silver Medal
  • Eva Kirkman, Detroit Country Day Upper School, Grade 12, National Silver Medal Art Portfolio     
  • Chris Lee, Bloomfield Hills Andover High School, Grade 12, National Silver Medal Art Portfolio
  • Chris Lee, Bloomfield Hills Andover High School, Grade 12, National Gold Medal
  • Chris Lee, Bloomfield Hills Andover High School, Grade 12, National Silver Medal
  • Devin Lones, Stoney Creek High School, Grade 12, National Silver Medal
  • Tabitha Masters, Hart Middle School, Grade 8, National Gold Medal
  • Natalie Miller, Stoney Creek High School, Grade 11, National Silver Medal
  • Shelby Packer, Detroit Country Day Upper School, Grade 12, National Silver Medal
  • Riley Palmer, Bloomfield Hills Model High School, Grade 12, National Silver Medal
  • Elizabeth Pattyn, Cranbrook Schools, Grade 12, National Gold Medal
  • Sarah Robert, North Farmington High School, Grade 12, National Silver Medal Art Portfolio
  • Danielle Rosebrook, International Academy East, Grade 12, National Silver Medal
  • Ryan Rosenberg, Bloomfield Hills Andover High School, Grade 12, National Silver Medal
  • Ryan Rosenberg, Bloomfield Hills Andover High School, Grade 12, National Silver Medal Art Portfolio
  • Will Sun, Cranbrook Schools, Grade 11, National Gold Medal          
  • Josie Teachout, Detroit Country Day Upper School, Grade 9, National Gold Medal *Best in Grade  
  • Samantha Toundaian, Bloomfield Hills Andover High School, Grade 12, National Gold Medal
  • Phillip Willwerth, Bloomfield Hills Model High School, Grade 12,  National Silver Medal Art Portfolio 

A complete list of winners across the United States is available here.

“This 90th year of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards demonstrates just how vital the program is to America’s creative young people,” said Virginia McEnerney, Executive Director of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. “We received more entries than ever before, and the depth of talent from all across the country is astounding. In some cases, an Award and its attendant scholarships can make the difference between whether or not a young writer or artist attends college. We are privileged to provide recognition and assistance to these deserving young people, and to celebrate the importance of arts education in American cultural life.”

This year’s National Celebration will kick off in New York City on May 31 when the Empire State Building will be illuminated in gold, and the LED super signs at 1515 Broadway in Times Square will feature the Awards throughout the day.  That evening, national gold medal level winners will be honored onstage at a special ceremony at the world-famous Carnegie Hall.  In addition, for the first time ever, in celebration of the 90th Anniversary, the ceremony will be webcast live from Carnegie Hall. Select Award-winning art and writing will be exhibited at Parsons The New School for Design and the Pratt Manhattan Gallery through June 15, 2013. The exhibition and accompanying public programs are co-sponsored by the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons The New School for Design. 

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