Tuesday, December 9, 2008

2009 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

Three Fayette County High art students are among 30,000 nationwide to receive regional Scholastic Art and Writing Awards from the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers.

Emily Donadeo, 12th grade; Elise Wheatley, 11th grade and Meredith Talley, 12th grade received awards for their art during the regional awards ceremony held at Georgia State University on December 6. Talley was awarded an Honorable Mention, Wheatley received a Silver Key and Donadeo was awarded the top prize, the Gold Key, and will have her work forwarded to New York City for the national competition.

The awards signify to parents, teachers, community and colleges that a student is an accomplished artist or writer. A panel of arts professionals reviews each work in the following areas: originality, technical skill and emergence of personal vision or voice.

It is estimated that over 100,000 students competed in regional competitions throughout the nation. Gold Key winners from each regional competition will compete nationally where approximately 1,000 students will awards; the winners will be announced this spring.

Founded in 1923, the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards are the oldest, longest- running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teenagers in the United States. The program is open to students in grades 7-12.
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