Students Win Medals in National Art Competition

Four Fox Chapel Area High School students were recently named national winners in The Scholastic Art Awards of 2017. Senior Bryanna Urso received a Gold Medal for her photograph and sophomore Sofia Porter Bacon won a Gold Medal for her digital art. Additionally, senior Elaina Graca won a Silver Medal for her photograph and sophomore Paige Johnson won a Silver Medal for her jewelry.

This year, more than 330,000 works of art and writing were submitted by students in grades 7-12 through regional contests and less than one percent were recognized at the national level. Prior to being named national winners, all four Fox Chapel Area students were named Gold Key winners in the Pittsburgh Arts Region of The Scholastic Art Awards of 2017. Gold Key works were then judged at the national level by a panel of creative-industry experts and approximately 2,500 were selected as the most talented young artists and writers in the nation by receiving national Gold or Silver Medals.

Bryanna, Sofia, and their Fox Chapel Area teachers have been invited to attend a ceremony at the world-famous Carnegie Hall in New York City on June 8. The winning students are under the instruction of Fox Chapel Area High School art teachers Ron Frank, Christine Smith, and Amy Wickman.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards continues to be the nation’s longest-running, most prestigious educational initiative supporting student achievement in the visual and literary arts.

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