Students Earn Silver Medals at National Scholastic Art Writing Awards

Hailey Farrington-Bentil ’18 and Maisie Wicks ’17 earned silver medals from the national Scholastic Art & Writing Awards in March. More than 330,000 works of art and writing were submitted by students in grades 7-12 this year, and receiving silver medals places Farrington-Bentil and Wicks within the top one percent of all submissions. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens.

“Depths of Darkness” by Farrington-Bentil won a Gold Key award at the regional competition and a silver medal at the national competition. The subject is a man she had just met. “The light was perfectly positioned on his face so I took the photo,” said Farrington-Bentil. “It was definitely a spur-of-the-moment shot, unplanned, yet still beautifully composed in my opinion.”

“Jacob” by Wicks won a Gold Key award at the regional competition and a silver medal at the national competition. Wicks believes her unintentional use of old film caused the photo to be distorted. “What captured me about this photograph is its ability to make a bold statement through its subtle take on the blending of masculinity and femininity,” she said. “It was kind of a happy accident that the picture turned out the way it did.”

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