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M-PHS students win national awards
Two Marysville-Pilchuck High School students won prizes at the national level of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards program, a program that identifies and develops creative teenagers.
Kellyann Johnson and Jarin Troxel are two of 12 high school seniors from around Snohomish County who have been honored with the highest level of achievement.
More than 1,100 of America's most talented junior high and high school students representing nearly every state in the country were chosen to receive national awards that lead to opportunities for writing and art scholarships.
An additional $3 million in art and writing scholarships is made available to the top seniors for their outstanding work.
Along with the two Marysville students, the 2008 Scholastic Art Awards National Recipients from Snohomish County include:
n Olivia Love, 17, Kamiak High School, Mukilteo, American Visions, Facing A Storm.
n Ilona Palamarchuk, 17, Cascade High School, Gold Award, Me, Myself and I.
n Kyle Luck, 17, Stanwood High School, Gold Award, Concept Super Car.
n Tatsuro Nakajima, 14, Valley View Middle School, Gold Award, "Equal."
This is the 12th year that the Arts Council of Snohomish County served as a regional affiliate for the awards program for students in Snohomish County. Supported by their visual arts teachers, students created and submitted their best works in 19 art categories. The entries were evaluated locally and gold recipient artwork nationally by panels of jurors comprised of renowned artists, educators, and arts professionals.
"Since Scholastic's founder M.R. Robinson established the Art & Writing Awards, the program has been an oasis for the more than 13 million creative young people who have participated," said Bryan Doerries, Program Director of the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, which administers the awards. "For 85 years, the awards have recognized teenagers who have become some of the country's most significant artists and writers and we will continue to encourage new generations on their journeys."
On June 5, award recipients of 2008 will be honored at a special ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City. To celebrate its 85th year anniversary, portfolio winners and other selected work will be showcased at exhibitions in three highly respected Manhattan galleries.