Students Win Medals in National Art Competition
Four Fox Chapel Area High School students were recently named national winners in The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards of 2019. Senior Michela Nicholas received a Gold Medal for her digital art and junior Anzu Sekikawa won a Gold Medal for her drawing and illustration and a Silver Medal for her digital art. Additionally, senior Seo Yeon “Christina” Wang won three Silver Medals – one for her art portfolio, and individual medals for her mixed media and sculpture. Junior Amelia Bothe won a Silver Medal for her digital art.
This year, nearly 340,000 works of art and writing were submitted by students in grades 7-12 through regional contests and only the top one percent were recognized at the national level. Prior to being named national winners, all four Fox Chapel Area students were named Gold Key winners in the Pittsburgh Arts Region of The Scholastic Art Awards of 2019. Gold Key works were then judged at the national level by a panel of creative-industry experts and some were selected as the most talented young artists and writers in the nation by receiving national Gold and/or Silver Medals.
All of the national medalists will have their work published on The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards online galleries in June at artandwriting.org. Their names will also be listed in the 2019 Yearbook, a companion publication to The Best Teen Art and The Best Teen Writing anthologies. Additionally, Michela and Anzu and their Fox Chapel Area High School teachers have been invited to attend a national ceremony at the world-famous Carnegie Hall in New York City on June 6. The Gold and Silver Key winning students are under the instruction of art teachers Joan Marangoni and Amy Wickman.
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards continues to be the nation’s longest-running, most prestigious educational initiative supporting student achievement in the visual and literary arts.
Anzu's Gold Medal digital art entitled, "Laugh."