Meridian Star


January 30, 2013

Meridian High School boasts 18 Scholastic Art Awards

MERIDIAN —      What do Meridian High School art students have in common with Andy Warhol, Robert Redford and John Lithgow?

    They are all National Scholastic Art Award winners from their respective high schools.

     Results are in for the 2012 Scholastic Art Awards and Meridian High School garnered 18 honors: two Silver Keys and 15 honorable mentions, one Honorable Mention Senior Portfolio representing 10 of the school’s art students. Three MHS teachers submitted their students' work for judging: Steve Westbrook, Lane Berg and Marsha Iverson.

     “These students worked tirelessly to achieve great things, because we help them believe they can,” said MHS Art Instructor Marsha Iverson. “We give them the tools, critical thinking skills, and safe environment in which they need to succeed.”

     Established in 1923 by M.R. Robinson, who also founded Scholastic Inc., The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards is open to students in grades 7-12, recognizing outstanding achievement in the arts. The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers Inc. is the non-profit organization that administers the event. Located in New York City, the Alliance oversees all national judging.

    The Scholastic Art Awards have celebrated 88 years as a unique presence in the nation’s classrooms by identifying and documenting outstanding achievements of young artists. Since 1923, 12 million students have participated, two million young artists and writers have been recognized – many of who have gone on to produce pioneering creative work with worldwide impact.

     The Mississippi Museum of Art hosts the state's regional competition each year. Students from middle, junior high and senior high schools from across the state participate in the competition each year. More than 2,000 entries in a wide variety of categories, including painting, drawing, mixed media, photography, sculpture, graphic design, animation, textile fiber design, as well as art and photography portfolios are judged by a panel of judges over a course of several days. In this search, judges look for originality, skill and technique, and evidence of the emergence of a personal/artistic vision and style.

     All Silver Key and Gold Key winners are on display at the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson until April 7, when all awards will be presented to the students. Honorable mention artwork is currently on display in the MHS library.

     “The Art Department at MHS is one of the best programs in our state, and as a result, this is just a small part of the fruits from our labor,” said MHS Principal Victor Hubbard.

     Thirty eight Meridian High School students submitted 111 pieces of artwork; drawings, paintings, sculpture, architecture and ceramics to the competition. The following students received awards in the Mississippi Regional Art competition:


Silver Key Awards

    X’Zadrain Nicks, Art/ Architecture, Family House Floor Plan

    X’Zadrain Nicks, Art/Architecture, Lake House Floor Plan


Honorable Mention

    Darrionnia Barfield, Drawing, Harini Contour

    Currisa Berry, Ceramics, Fudge Sundae

    Benjamin Gathright, Ceramics, Grendel

    Tanner Goldman, Sculpture, Reaching Man

    Tanner Goldman, Ceramics, Bottle 1

    Tanner Goldman, Ceramics, Earth Vase

    Tanner Goldman, Ceramics, Hey Ha Hey Ah Ha Ha

    Tanner Goldman, Ceramics, Elvia

    Tanner Goldman, Ceramics, Grecian Urn

    Tanner Goldman, Ceramics, SENIOR ART PORTFOLIO

    Terri Grady, Painting, Pandemonium

    Joshua Lindemann, Ceramics, Elephant

    X’Zadrain Nicks, Architecture, Dream House

    Dee Dee Smith, Drawing, Pink Flowers

    Abby Tucker, Ceramics, The Green Bowl

    Emily Ware, Ceramics, The King’s Crown

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