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12 Students Win Scholastic Art and Writing Awards
12 Students Win Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

Twelve Episcopal Academy students won 2019 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Winners include four Gold Key awards, five Silver Key awards, and nine Honorable Mentions.

Four students were awarded prestigious Gold Keys for their work.

Pia Singh '19 won in the Drawing and Illustration category for her piece Exit: Still Life, and in the painting category- Antithesis: A Self-Portrait. This marks the fourth consecutive year that Pia has won a Gold Key. "I'm really grateful to be honored as part of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for four years now!" said Pia. "The self-portrait is a large golden-hued and glossy painting of two faces, intended to show dualism and introspection. My still life is based off of direct observation and exploring how to convey the objects in front of us in a uniquely visual way."

Jessica Hao '19 won in the painting category as well for her works titled, Denin and Poofy.

"Winning two Gold Keys my senior year is an especially great honor!" shared Jessica. "The two pieces are both oil paintings, in which I tried to realistically capture the texture of fabric in clothes. Attempting to recreate the texture of denim and fur on flat canvases was a great, but worthwhile, challenge."

As a senior, Jessica has cherished her time with EA's art program. "Through challenging myself in Mr. David Sigel's 2-D IV class, I have gained a more comprehensive grasp on color theory and oil painting techniques," said Jessica. "I am able to create art for art's sake, focus more time on doing something I love, and have a creative outlet during a stressful day of schoolwork."

In the writing category, Mary Cipperman '21 was awarded a Gold Key for her poetry- On High School. Olivia Cipperman '19 won a Gold Key in the Flash Fiction category for her piece- Selenity.

"Winning a gold key inspires me to continue to pursue writing throughout high school," said Mary. "I'm so grateful for the opportunity to submit my work and for my advisor, Upper School English teacher Mr. Chris McCreary, who encouraged me to enter the competition." Mary entered a collection of five poems. "The poems address how anxiety, bias, and class differences influence the teenage experience."

Pieces that earn Gold Key recognition move on to national judging to be considered for national honors.

Silver Key award winners include- Hope Biddle '19, Nicholas Cerone '22, Lindsey Demyun '22, and Jessica Hao.

Honorable Mention winners include- Hope Biddle, Josephine Buccini '22, Jessica Hao, Kate Hershey '20, Molly Limaye '21, Asha Murray '20, and Lacey Rivera '20.

"Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards are a wonderful opportunity for our students to gain recognition and to be celebrated beyond the walls of an art studio," said Visual Arts Department Chair David Sigel. Hon. "The passion and dedication that pulses through each of these intellectual and creative designers are inspiring to watch unfold. To be honored is always a welcome compliment and is energizing."