Art and writing students win national awards
On May 31, the Empire State Building was lit up in gold to welcome 800 students and their families from across the country to the 89th Annual National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards in New York City.
This year, Fayetteville-Manlius School District students earned 10 national awards, and seven of the students travelled to New York City with their families to be honored.
The students visited Parsons New School for Design gallery, which displayed the Gold Key and American Visions award winners. The Gold Key award is the highest level of achievement on the regional leveland the five American Visions honorees are are selected from the Gold Key winners as the “Best of Show” for each region.
After visiting the gallery, students rehearsed for the award ceremony at Carnegie Hall where they had the opportunity to meet three-time Academy Award winning actress Meryl Streep who was there to congratulate them and speak about their future roles in society. The ceremony was topped off by a performance by rapper MC Lars.
“Walking across the stage at Carnegie Hall was an unforgettable, once in a lifetime experience and a perfect way to top off my high school art career,” said Andrew Banner, who received a Silver Award for his senior photography portfolio.
2012 Fayetteville-Manlius National Award Winners
Andrew Bannar, Silver Portfolio, Photography
Amy Butcher, Gold Medal, Drawing
Andrea Dobbie, Gold Medal, Ceramics and Glass
Kaitlyn Franey, Silver Medal, Drawing
Samantha Greenky, American Visions Medal, Painting
Hye Joo Lee, Silver Medal, Painting
Zoe Wellner, Silver Medal, Painting
Annmarie Wiehenstroer, Gold Medal, Drawing
Lucinda Wong, Silver Medal, Painting
Maggie Zhang, Silver with Distinction, Writing Portfolio
Photo caption 1: Pictured with their medals in front of the National Exhibition at the Parsons New School for Design are Amy Butcher, Andrew Bannar, Andrea Dobbie, Samantha Greenky, Kaitlynn Franey, Maggie Zhang, and Annmarie Wiehenstroer.