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Perry High Students Win Art Awards
Perry High Students Win Art Awards


Six Perry High School students won three Gold Keys and six Honorable Mentions for art entered into the 2013 Scholastic Art and Writing competition (SAWC).  The students and their art teacher, Catherine Heller, will attend an awards banquet on Mar. 23, 2013, at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Atlanta.

Congratulations to the following students:

·         two Gold Keys - Steven Le, for his drawings titled “Bike” and “Skeleton”

·         Gold Key - Hayley Stepp-Gold for her mixed media titled “Circular Motion”

·         Honorable Mention – Steven Le (two awards), Sarah Whiddon, Autumn Wilson, Courtney Stepp and Lanisha Wilson. 

Pictured with their art are:  (from left) Sarah, Steven, Hayley, Autumn, Courtney and Lanisha.  Steven’s additional winning works are shown in the background.

“We are so proud of these talented young people,” exclaimed Heller. “They have a passion and have worked hard, and they earned this award.”

SAWC is a prestigious recognition program for creative teens. The Gold Key is the highest level of achievement.  Steven and Haley’s Gold Key art pieces have been forwarded to the national level for adjunction.  National winners will be notified at a later date and will have the opportunity to win scholarships.

The contest is sponsored and administered by SCAD.  Celebrating its 90th year, the Awards have recognized the exceptional vision of our nation’s youth and honored them for their creative talents since 1923.  SAWC is the largest source of scholarships for young artists and writers in the U.S. Teens submit their work each year and become a part of the Scholastic community – young artists, writers, filmmakers, photographers, poets, sculptors and countless educators who support and encourage the creative process.

In the past five years alone, submissions have topped 700,000 works, and students have been eligible for more than $25 million in awards and scholarships. Students’ submissions are judged by luminaries in the visual and literary arts, some of whom have also been past award recipients.  Many notable past jurors have lent their expertise, such as Paul Giamatti, Robert Frost, Judy Blume, Lesley Stahl and Edward Sorel. Panelists look for works that best exemplify the Awards’ core values: originality, technical skill and the emergence of personal voice or vision.

Perry High School is located at 1307 North Avenue in Perry.  Dr. Darryl Albritton serves as principal.  For more information, please visit http://www.artandwriting.org/alliance/partners-regionalprogram/ or contact Heller at catherine.heller@hcbe.net or 478-988-6298. 

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