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Pinellas County School Students Receive Record Number of Art Awards

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The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 7–12. 

PINELLAS COUNTY – Twelve Pinellas County public school students have received 15 National Medals in the Scholastic Art Awards.

That is the largest number of awards that Pinellas has ever received in the competition, which is sponsored by the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. The awards are the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 7–12. Within the awards’ 29 categories, which include poetry, photography, sculpture, humor, editorial cartoons, and video game design, a record-breaking 330,000 works of art and writing were submitted for adjudication at the regional level this year.

The following PCS students and their art teachers were recognized:

  • Nina Tran, Grade 12, Boca Ciega High School, Erin John Sullivan, art teacher
  • Seren Strassenreither, Grade 8, Clearwater Fundamental Middle School Karen Santangelo, art teacher
  • Mikaela-Rose Piotrowski, Grade 12, Dixie Hollins High School Kristen Pineda, art teacher
  • Arianna DeJesus, Grade 12, Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School Yoko Nogami, art teacher
  • Angelica Hartman, Grade 12, PCCA at Gibbs High School, Steve Beverage, art teacher
  • Marica James, Grade 12, PCCA at Gibbs High School, Yoko Nogami, art teacher
  • Aidan Schaffert, Grade 12, PCCA at Gibbs High School Steve Beverage and Yoko Nogami, art teachers
  • Amelia Beatty, Grade 7, John Hopkins Middle School, Julie Smith, art teacher
  • Savanah Smith, Grade 7, John Hopkins Middle School, Julie Smith, art teacher
  • Kiara Rivera, Grade 10, Lakewood High School, Jayce Ganchou, art teacher
  • Aeriel Callahan, Grade 12, Seminole High School, Blaine Barden, art teacher
  • Brooke Hoenstine, Grade 10, Seminole High School, Blaine Barden, art teacher
  • Mia Pineda, Grade 7, Thurgood Marshall Fundamental Middle School, Peter Hynes, art teacher

The artwork that received a Gold Medal and American Vision Medal will be on display at Parsons School of Design at the New School, NYC from June 2-12. The Gold Portfolio, Gold Medal, and Silver Medal with Distinction students across the nation will be honored at Carnegie Hall with appearances by notable celebrities and creative leaders June 8.

For information about the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, go to artandwriting.org.

For information about the Pinellas County School System, go to pcsb.org.

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