HB writers' and artists' work honored with prestigious national and state awards
Posted 03/14/2017 01:23PM

Hathaway Brown is pleased to announce that six students have earned national recognition in The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards of 2017, and two students' work has been honored with Governor's Awards in Ohio.

HB's Scholastic national medalists are Catherine Areklett '17 (Silver Medal for Personal Memoir), Gina Egan '18 (Silver Medal for Comic Art), Molly Gleydura '18 (Silver Medal for Digital Art), Layla Najeeullah '20 (Silver Medal for Photography), Maria Perilla '17 (Silver Medal for Writing Portfolio), and Maya Razmi '18 (American Voices Medal for Personal Essay/Memoir).

Additionally, Gina Egan and Emma Borrow '18 have had their art work selected for display in the 2017 Ohio Governor's Youth Art Exhibition. From the 11,500 regional entries from the state's 15 regions, approximately 2,500 are selected to enter the state judging. State jurors then select 300 works for the actual exhibition, which will be shown at the James A. Rhodes State Office Tower in April and May.

Scholastic national medalists have been identified by panels of creative professionals as the most talented young artists and writers in the nation. This year, 330,000 works of art and writing were submitted by students in grades 7-12. Less than one percent of work was recognized at the national level. This is the first time that six HB students have earned national medals in one year. As a recipient of the American Voices Medal, Maya is invited to a special celebration at Carnegie Hall in New York City in June. Since 1923, The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have recognized the outstanding work of teenagers from across the country. By winning a Scholastic Art & Writing Award, these HB students join a legacy of celebrated authors and artists including Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford, John Currin, and Lena Dunham. 

Congratulations to these gifted writers and artists and many thanks to the HB faculty who continue to educate, inspire, encourage, and mentor them. For more information about the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, please visit the program's official website. To learn more about the Ohio Governor's Youth Art Exhibition, please click here.