Since submissions for the 2018 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards opened last September, students and educators have eagerly been waiting for National Notification Day. Over Spring Break, three Lausanne artists received the exciting news they had been named national award winners.
Nearly 350,000 works of art and writing were submitted to the 2018 Scholastic Awards. Hundreds of jurors across the country judged the works in 29 categories of art and writing, such as poetry, sculpture, short story, painting, critical essay and video game design. Receiving a national medal places our Lausanne students within the top 1% of all submissions.
Junior Natalie Eslami ’19 was awarded a National Gold Key for her work “A Midsummer Night's Dream Tree Set Piece" created for Lausanne’s 2017 Fall play. She had to submit photos of her set piece and an essay about her creative process. This award was in the Future New category as which include works that challenge boundaries of other award categories, that's on the cutting edge of creative practice, is thought-provoking and reflects creative excellence.
This art success follows many others of Natalie’s including her win last year at the 2017 Orpheum High School Musical Award for Outstanding Student Technical Achievement as student set designer for Lausanne’s production of The Drowsy Chaperone.
Natalie was also recently selected and will participate in New York University Tisch School for the Arts' competitive summer high school intensive in Theater Production and Design to expand her artistic repertoire and continue building her portfolio.
Lausanne’s other National Gold Key award winner is eighth grade Middle School artist Ella Gregory ’22. Her piece "Over the Rising Sun" won in the Printmaking category which is qualified by work made by transferring ink from one prepared surface, such as a plate, screen, etc., onto paper or another flat surface.
The Lynx National Silver Key award winner is junior Erek Campbell ’19. His work “Unclear” won in the Sculpture category which includes three-dimensional art objects created by carving, casting, or other shaping techniques that can have interactive qualities.
More than 2,800 students received National Medals this year, joining a list of notable alumni like Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Robert Redford and Zac Posen. This year, the Alumni Achievement Award Recipient is the Arthur series author and illustrator Marc Brown, who was Lausanne’s Writer’s Guild Visiting author in 2014.
All three of our winners will be honored at Carnegie Hall in New York City, June 6-8 and their artwork will tour the United States from 2018-2019.
Having just one national award winner from a school is a huge accomplishment, having three is outstanding! Congratulations to our talented artists!