14 Mercersburg Students Receive Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Twenty-one pieces by 14 different Mercersburg Academy students have been chosen for recognition in the 2019 South Central Pennsylvania Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Work by Harriet Brown ’22, Lucy Bowman ’21, Cherie Sio ’20, Selina Xue ’20, and Jesse Zhang ’20 earned Gold Key awards and will advance to compete for awards at the national level.
Brown won a Gold Key for her photograph “Through Painted Glass.” Bowman received a Gold Key for her photograph “The Storm Inside” and an Honorable Mention for her photograph “The Calm Inside.” Sio received a Gold Key for her painting “Her Wonderland” and two Silver Key Awards for her paintings “By the Water By the Light” and “That Night in New York City.”  Xue earned a Gold Key for her untitled photo, and Zhang earned two Gold Keys; one for his photograph “Into the Light” and a second for his personal essay titled “By the way, your eyes are …”; Zhang also received an Honorable Mention award for his photograph “On my own.”

Berklee Cohen ’20 garnered a Silver Key award for his drawing and illustration entry “Kool-Aid Hypocrisy.” Joyce Cui ’22 received a Silver Key award for her drawing and illustration entry “Master Drawing.” Noah Choi ’20 received a Silver Key award for his painting “Abandoned Places” and an Honorable Mention for his painting “connected.”

Rounding out the list of award recipients, the following students received Honorable Mention awards: Gigi Fung ’19, two Honorable Mention awards for her mixed media entry “Flo” and printmaking entry “La dernière fois”; Jay Howley ’21 for his personal essay “Chicken Scratch”; Birdy McDonnell ’20 for her poetry “Honey”; Elaigha Vilaysane ’19 for her mixed media “View from the Whitney”; Naeemah Winter ’22 for her painting “Yellow Dancer”; and Elizabeth Yang ’20 for her mixed media piece “La vèirtè est dans les yeux.”

“It's incredibly affirming for the students to gain recognition for their talents and skills from those outside the school community,” says Sydney Caretti, who teaches visual art at Mercersburg. “It's my honor to be a part of their process as they grow into more accomplished artists with insight and expression of themselves, current culture, and the world.”

A selection of winning artwork will be on display at the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg (which is part of the Pennsylvania State Capitol Complex) from March 9 to May 6.

Students receiving Gold Key or Silver Key awards will be invited to attend a regional awards ceremony recognizing their work.

Bowman is from Vienna, Va.; Brown is from St. Francisville, La.; Sio is from Beijing, China; Xue is from Shanghai, China; and Zhang is from Beijing, China.

Last year, 15 pieces by eight different Mercersburg students were recognized in the competition.

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Founded in 1893 in the heart of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic, Mercersburg is a private, coed, college preparatory boarding school with approximately 435 students (15 percent are day), grades 9-12 and postgraduate.
We offer 170 courses, including AP and Honors, more than $7 million in financial aid, 26 varsity sports, and a state-of-the-art performing and visual arts center.
Located 90 minutes from Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, and within easy driving distance of New York City, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh.
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