Thursday, February 12, 2015

SBISD Scholastic Art & Writing Winners Announced

Carol, Cheryl Mai, Memorial HS
Forty-two teenage artists and four writers from Spring Branch ISD schools have earned Scholastic Art & Writing Awards in the annual regional competition sponsored through the Harris County Department of Education.

One student won a top level American Visions award, another received a $500 Trustees’ Incentive Award, and 13 other student artists won Gold Key awards, qualifying them to advance to national-level judging in New York City.

Fifteen students took home Silver Key art awards, and others earned Honorable Mention. In writing, two SBISD students won Silver Key awards and two earned Honorable Mentions.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, now 92 years old, provides middle and high school students with an opportunity to have their personal work judged and shown. Through the awards, outstanding visual art and writing created by American teens is showcased to a national audience, promoting creativity and career development.

Former Scholastic Art & Writing winners who received this award in high school include notables like writer Truman Capote, photographer Richard Avedon, artist Andy Warhol, poet Sylvia Plath, director Robert Redford and fashion designer Zac Posen.

Across Harris County, 1,346 students from 18 separate public school districts, and private, religious, charter and home schools received Gold Key, Silver Key, and Honorable Mention awards, along with American Visions and American Voices nominations. National medalists will be announced March 16 in New York City.

Winning art and writing entries were selected from about 5,000 regional entries, HCDE Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Coordinator Melba Kent said.

“We celebrate the talent of these young artists and writers,” Kent said. “We are proud to sponsor this competition and look forward to showcasing the work of these amazing youth.”

Named as one of 10 American Visions art nominees from the region is Memorial High’s Cheryl Mai. As a “Best in Show” finalist, she has earned a national medal and a $250 scholarship from Texas Arts Supply.

Memorial High art student Michelle Moore received the $500 Trustees’ Incentive Award from Harris County Dept. of Education for her drawing and illustration titled “Valentine.” 

Harris County Dept. of Education will sponsor a regional Gold and Silver Key Awards ceremony at 7 p.m. on Feb. 24 for art winners and Feb. 25 for writing award recipients. The ceremony will be held at HCDE offices located at 6300  
Irvington in Houston.

A separate Gold Key artists and writers reception will be held 5:30-8 p.m. on Feb. 20 at the Glassell Junior School, 1001 Bissonnet.

SBISD Student Art Award Winners:

American Visions Awards

Memorial High
Cheryl Mai for her painting titled “Carol”

Gold Key Awards

Memorial High
Anna (Hee Won) Cho, Portfolio, “Reminiscence, Dream, and Me”
Macala Elliott, Photography, “Wall Flower”
Macala Elliott, Photography, “Tethered Truths”
Inchan Hwang, Mixed Media, “Seeding”
Inchan Hwang, Mixed Media, “Portrait of Neighbor”
Inchan Hwang, Art Portfolio, “People and Life”
Hee Jung (Jennifer) Kim, Mixed Media, “Patches of Me”
Seoyoung Kim, Portfolio, “Human Mind and Society”
Cheryl Mai, Art Portfolio, “Mai Portfolio”
Cheryl Mai, Painting, “Carol”
Michelle Moore, Drawing and Illustration, “Valentine”
Jihwan Park, Drawing and Illustration, “Choices”
Flora Thevoux-Chabuel, Mixed Media, “Desperate Souls”
Min Kyung Yun, Mixed Media, “Scattered Shoes”
Min Kyung Yun, Art Portfolio, “Friends and Family”

Pure Clarity, Julia Boyles, Spring Branch MS
Spring Branch Middle
Julia Boyles, Photography, “Pure Clarity”

Spring Woods High
Daniel Hernandez, Drawing and Illustration, “Cletus”

Stratford High
Grant Haralson, Photography, “The Truck”

Silver Key Awards

Memorial High
Ann (Hee Won) Cho, Mixed Media, “What I Am Made Of”
Ann (Hee Won) Cho, Mixed Media, “Inside My Dream”
Erica Kim, Drawing and Illustration, “Companionship”
Hee Jung (Jennifer) Kim, Mixed Media, “Splash of Color”
Hee Jung (Jennifer) Kim, Mixed Media, “Pieces of My Life”
Seoyoung Kim, Drawing and Illustration, “The Scream”
Eve Low, Photography, “Flight”
Joy Lu, Painting, “Golden Moment”
Ashley Park, Painting, “Touch of Reproach”

Memorial Middle
Kathryn Love, Drawing and Illustration, “Which Galaxy Are You From?”
Christina Ofori, Drawing and Illustration, “Self Portrait”

Spring Branch Middle
Mollie Macicek, Photography, “American Beauty”

Beauty.Is.Me, Selena Quintanilla, Spring Woods HS
Spring Woods High
Virginia Hernandez, Painting, “Summer Bloom”
Selena Quintanilla, Mixed Media, “Beauty.Is.Me”

Stratford High School
Ye-sol Han, Drawing and Illustration, “Reflection”
Savanna Kuhn, Ceramics & Glass, “Life in a Bubble”
Hyunjung (Victoria) Shin, Mixed Media, “Windows to Culture”

Honorable Mention

Memorial High
J.S. Burleson, Photography, “Untouched”
Hye Yeun (Angela) Cho, Painting, “24 Hours”
Seoyoung Kim, Painting, “Rendezvous”
David Salas, Drawing and Illustration, “Down to Sleep”
David Salas, Art Portfolio, “Me and My Animal Friends”
Flora Thevoux-Chabuel, Art Portfolio, “Wave”
Anna Zhuraveleva, Photography, “Leopard”

Memorial Middle
Lauren Dodds, Drawing and Illustration, “Raggedy Still Life”
Bokyung Jeon, Drawing and Illustration, “On Edge”
Hannah Khairandish, Drawing and Illustration, “Sisters”
Ashton McCain, Drawing and Illustration, “Self Panic”

Spring Woods High
Virginia Hernandez, Drawing and Illustration, “The Bright Path”
Elizabeth Limas, Mixed Media, “Dancing Skeletons”
Susana Resendiz, Mixed Media, “In My Father’s Hands”

Stratford High
Katelyn Balevic, Digital Art, “Beauty Is Toxic”
Maddie Dyer, Photography, “A Watchful Eye”
Zachary Harkins, Photography, “A Splash in the Rainbow”
Darian Julun, Digital Art, “Her Conscience”
Savanna Kuhn, Painting, “Uncle Jon”
Chayse Sampy, Drawing and Illustration, “Monarch”
Remy Velarde, Drawing and Illustration, “Mini Mirrors”

SBISD art and photography instructors include Marilyn Guerinot, Cathleen May, and Cameron Sands, all at Memorial High; Lynn Ludlam at Memorial Middle; Elisa Barry at Spring Branch Middle; Andres Bautista and Crystal Fiocchi at Spring Woods High; and Kim Lynch and Jennifer Clouse at Stratford High.

Scholastic Writing Awards:

Silver Key

Memorial High
Aria Herbst, Short Story, “Strings”

Spring Branch Middle
Ruhi Thapar, Poetry, “The Dying Moment”

Honorable Mention

Memorial High
Anneysa Gaille, Writing Portfolio

Spring Branch Middle
Isha Thapar, Poetry, “The Passing of Childhood”

SBISD instructors who supported student writing submissions include Cathleen May and Claire Kruse of Memorial High, and Brandee Smith of Spring Branch Middle School.

For more information about HCDE’s regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, please visit


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