Three UCS student artists receive national recognition
Three UCS student artists receive national recognition
Posted on 03/28/2018
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Three Utica Community Schools student artists have earned national honors through one of the oldest and most prestigious competitions. UCS students earned two gold medals – the top honor – and a silver medal in the 2018 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

UCS students honored were:

  • Gold Medal Winner in Photography - McKenzie DeLaere, Utica High School for “If It Were Not For Hope, The Heart Would Break.” Her teacher is Joshua Ethridge.
  • Gold Medal Winner In Painting – Melissa Whipple, Eisenhower High School for “Down.” Her teacher is Chris Brunson.
  • Silver Medal Winner in Photography – Jessica Culverhouse, Stevenson High School for “Face to Face.” Her teacher is Megan Berry.

Gold Medal winners will be invited to attend the National Ceremony at Carnegie Hall on June 7.

 Within the national awards' 29 categories—which include poetry, photography, sculpture, humor, editorial cartoons, and video game design—a record-breaking 346,000 works of art and writing were submitted for adjudication at the regional level this year.

For the Thumb area competition – the region that includes Utica Community Schools - UCS students earned 40 percent of the top awards with nearly 200 awards.