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Six MHS Students Place in MS World Trade Center Art Competition

2014 MHS World Trade Center Institute Art Contest participants pictured left to right (Back Row) Lauryn Smith, Piper Bott, Jamal Cole, Tyra Moss, (Front Row) Destiny Dunn, Alexus Graham, Renuka Scrivastava, Hetal Champaneri, and Mahnoor Javed. Not pictured: Alena Calderon

Mississippi World Trade Center Institute invited Mississippi high school students to participate in the 7th Annual Young Artists & Authors Global Showcase art and writing competition.


The Mississippi World Trade Center Institute host the Global Showcase each year in an effort to educate Mississippi students about the value of learning about other cultures and doing business abroad while involving their talent in the process. Through their participation, students are encouraged to think about and creatively interpret an international concept through a variety of artistic mediums including painting, drawing, photography, computer graphics, poetry, and essay. The competition theme for 2014 was “A Journey Through Asia.”


Ten Meridian High School Visual Arts students submitted artwork in drawing, painting, and photography. Six of those students received awards at the World Trade Center Open House on Tuesday, October 7, 2014. The first place prize of $200.00 went to Lauryn Smith a tenth grade student. The other students receiving Honorable Mention were Mahnoor Javed, Destiny Dunn, Alena Calderon, Tyra Moss, and Piper Bott.

Piper Bott (left) and Lauryn Smith (right) at the Mississippi World Trade Center Open House Awards Ceremony.


Artist Wyatt Waters, Cartoonist Marshall Ramsey, and Professor of East Asian Religions at Millsaps College Dr. Emilia Bachrach made up the panel of judges. The judges evaluated over 118 pieces of artwork and writing on the basis of theme interpretation, composition and originality.

Congratulations to these outstanding students!

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