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MHS Boasts Ten Scholastic Art Award Winners

What do the Meridian High School art students have in common with Andy Warhol, Robert Redford, and John Lithgow? They are all National Scholastic Award Winners from their respective high schools.

The Scholastic Art Awards have been celebrated for 88 years as a unique presence in the nation’s classrooms by identifying and documenting outstanding achievements of young artists. Since 1923, 12 million students have participated, two million young artists and writers have been recognized – many of which have gone on to produce pioneering creative work with worldwide impact.

Meridian High School has had another significant showing this year with 14 winning pieces of artwork: two Silver Key and twelve Honorable Mention representing ten of the school’s art students. Three MHS teachers submitted their student work for the judging: Steve Westbrook, Jamie Lee Williams, and Marsha Iverson.

Established in 1923 by M.R. Robinson, who also founded Scholastic, Inc., The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards is open to students in grades 7-12, recognizing outstanding achievement in the arts.  The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, Inc. is the non-profit organization that administers the event.  Located in New York City, the Alliance oversees all national judging. 

The Mississippi Museum of Art hosts the Mississippi Regional Competition each year. Students from middle, junior high, and senior high schools from across the state participate in the competition each year.  More than 2,000 entries in a wide variety of categories, including painting, drawing, mixed media, photography, sculpture, graphic design, animation, textile fiber design, as well as art and photography portfolios are judged by a panel of judges over a course of several days. In this search, judges look for originality, skill and technique, and evidence of the emergence of a personal/artistic vision and style. All Silver Key and Gold Key winners are on display at the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson from February 4 until April 15, 2012 when all awards will be presented to the students. Honorable mention artwork is on display in the MHS library.

The following Meridian High School students received awards in the Mississippi Regional Art competition:

Sedenya Kiara Burnside - painting, Silver Key; painting, Honorable mention

Taylor L. Williams - digital art, Silver Key; painting, Honorable mention

Paige Bajus - Ceramics & Glass, Art, Honorable Mention

Gabriel Cole - Drawing, Honorable Mention

Rashanda Conner - Painting, Art, Honorable Mention

Pierre Dunigan - Painting, Honorable Mention

Joseph Goldman - Drawing, Honorable Mention

Jerome Hodge - Drawing, Honorable Mention (3)

Manpreet Singh - Digital Art. Honorable Mention

Enriquez Swift – Fashion, Honorable Mention

Front row: Rashanda Conner, Kiara Burnside, Paige Bajus
Back row: Jerome Hodge, Taylor Williams, Rickie Swift, Pierre Dunigan, Tanner Goldman
Not pictured: Manpreet Singh, Gabriel Cole
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