Arts Council
Kentucky students win national medals from 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Press Release Date:  Monday, April 14, 2014  
Contact Information:  Emily B. Moses
Communications Director
502-564-3757, ext. 472
emilyb.moses@ky.gov
 


FRANKFORT, Ky. — More than 30 Kentucky students were recognized recently by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers for medaling in the 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

The awards, sponsored by Scholastic Inc., and presented annually by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, identify young creative leaders and provide students with strong artistic and literary skills recognition, publication, and exhibit opportunities and scholarships.

Kentucky students who received medals are:

  • Ellan Luna, Bowling Green, drawing
  • Ruttah So, Bowling Green, painting
  • Robert Fischer, Louisville, mixed media (three medals)
  • Cassandrea Grey, Louisville, painting
  • Clare Hagan, Louisville, design
  • De'sean Isom, Louisville, fashion
  • Ashton Jones, Louisville, ceramics and glass
  • Allison Masyada, Louisville, drawing, painting
  • Lily Murphy, Louisville, drawing
  • Sara Olshansky, Louisville, painting (three medals)
  • Sunny Podbelsek, Louisville, ceramics and glass, photography
  • Marissa Savage, Louisville, painting
  • Cooper Sodano, Louisville, painting
  • Olivia Vanegas, Louisville, painting
  • Dean Whitelaw, Goshen, photography
  • Andrea Bomkamp, Crescent Springs, poetry
  • Emmaline Browning, Fort Thomas, short story
  • Hannah Good, Park Hills, persuasive writing
  • Szofia Komaromy-Hiller, Edgewood, humor (two medals), personal essay/memoir
  • Kylie Marsh, Burlington, flash fiction
  • Abigail Martin, Fort Thomas, short story, persuasive writing
  • Lauren Myfelt, Erlanger, short story
  • Bridget Nicholas, Covington, science fiction/fantasy
  • Jenna Webster, Covington, personal essay/memoir
  • Maria Wheatley, Fort Thomas, science fiction/fantasy
  • Brandon Agosto-Gonzalez, Fort Mitchell, sculpture
  • Madeline Guthrie, Newport, painting
  • Christopher Bird, Louisville, personal essay/memoir
  • Delayna Shulak, Louisville, persuasive writing
  • Jingjing Xiao, Louisville, short story
  • Christopher Zhou, Prospect, personal essay/memoir

Works of art and writing by the Kentucky winners were among 2,050 that received national medals, chosen from an entry pool of 255,000 from across the United States. The student winners and their educators will be honored at the National Awards Ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City on Friday, June 6.

Winning the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is a prestigious achievement for the seventh-through 12th-grade applicants. Each year, five students are selected from the pool of students who have won a Scholastic Art & Writing Award in poetry to become the next National Student Poets. During their year of service, the National Student Poets promote the appreciation of poetry and creative expression through readings and workshops in communities around the country in their respective regions.

Aline Dolinh, the Southeast region’s current national student poet from Virginia, will visit the Commonwealth on April 24 for the Kentucky Writers’ Day celebration at the Capitol. During her stay, Dolinh will visit a local school and present a reading as part of the annual celebration coordinated by the Kentucky Arts Council.

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, creates opportunities for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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