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Talented artists and writers earn 2020 regional recognition

The annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are a prestigious honor for creative students in grades 7-12 and the nation’s largest source of scholarships for young artists and writers. The Art Academy of Cincinnati coordinated the 2020 regional competition for Southwest Ohio, Northern Kentucky, and Southeast Indiana. Gold key recipients advance to compete for national medals in an exhibit that culminates with a ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York.  

Regional art honorees  

From Lafayette High School

  • Natalie Fowler -- gold key in painting for “Leaving the Body in Five Iterations”; gold in mixed media for “Snakebite”; and silver in art portfolio for “An Exploration of Absence and Dissonance”
  • Tuesday Hadden -- gold in future new for “Grandmother Earth”; gold in comic art for “Small Swarms”; and gold in art portfolio for “Friends as Models”

From Paul Laurence Dunbar High School

  • Renuka Gentela – honorable mention in editorial cartoon for “The Rise of the Indomitable Feminist”

Regional writing honorees  


  • Anna Ackerman -- silver in poetry for “Ocean-Bound”
  • Elke Coenders -- silver in humor for “Jacob Uses and Abuses Stew”; silver in humor for “Joseph Becomes the World’s First Intern”; silver in humor for “Starbitcoins in 2091”; honorable mention in personal essay & memoir for “The Forgotten Mother”
  • Devyn Fleming – silver in poetry for “Without a Name”; honorable mention in humor for “The Mobster under the Bed”
  • Promise Kayembe – silver in poetry for “Life’s Maze”; silver in poetry for “I Am”; honorable mention in personal essay & memoir for “White Flag: I Totally Surrender”
  • Amelia Loeffler – gold in personal essay & memoir for “Mount Whitney, Manzanar, and Marianna”
  • Walker Prather – silver in dramatic script for “The Prodigal Son”
  • Manya Tiwari – silver in personal essay &  memoir for “My Grandmother, in Three Movements”
  • Kailie Settles – silver in writing portfolio for “Culture Bomb Shelter”


  • Sadie Bograd – silver in flash fiction for “Breach”; honorable mention in humor for “On the Upsides of Eating Disorders”

Edythe J. Hayes Middle School

  • Carson Morris, gold in critical essay for “What we can do to stop mass shootings in America”



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