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PG students advance to national level in art, writing competition

by Andrew Bell | June 15, 2022 at 10:00 p.m.
Pleasant Grove High School students took home nearly 80 awards in the 2022 National Scholastic Art and Writing Competition. Pictured are, back row from left, Anna Johnson, Eddie Hill, Hailey Epps, Julianna Horton, Kendall Johnson, Addison Alexander, Gracie Kennedy, Gracie Carr, Saxton Lawrence, Carter Prewit, Libby Burrow, Lexi Snyder, Ruby Rehkopf, Joshua James, Anna Acree, Bryce Terry, Addison Spencer, Logan Knowles and Olivia Perry; and front row from left, Emma Henard, Brooklyn Gibson, Macey Wright, Leslie Reys, Jazmin Hever, Zoe Sturgeon, Erica Zofcin, Hayden Barthel, Austyn Lilly, Katie Cheatham, Kelsey Clark and Kaylee Sexson. (Submitted photo)

TEXARKANA, Texas -- Each year, the Alliance partners with more than 100 visual arts and literary arts organizations across the country to host the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

In 2021, students from around the country submitted nearly 400,000 works of art and writing to the Scholastic Awards.

This year, Pleasant Grove High School art students earned 76 awards for the western division of the country and 23 works advanced to the national level. In addition, Pleasant Grove High School visual arts students Eddie Hill and Katie Cheatham were honored on June 9 at the National Scholastic Awards Ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Submissions are juried by luminaries in the visual and literary arts, some of whom are past award recipients. Panelists look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.

Students receiving Gold Keys, Silver Keys and Honorable Mentions are celebrated within their communities through local exhibitions and ceremonies. Gold Key works are then judged nationally by an impressive panel of creative industry experts to receive National Medals, including Gold Medals, Silver Medals, American Voices & Visions Medals, Gold Medal and Silver with Distinction Portfolio Medals and Special Achievement Awards.

National Medalists are recognized in part at the national ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Alumni for these awards include well-known artists and writing alumni such as Andy Warhol, Stephen King, Sylvia Plath, Zac Posen, Robert Redford, and Lena Dunham.

The Pleasant Grove High School Art Department is under the direction of Nicole Brisco and assisted by Melissa Manning.

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