MANCHESTER, NH — What do Ken Burns, Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath and 23 students from Manchester have in common? All of them have been recognized by the prestigious Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Students from Central and Memorial high schools are contenders in the national competition after winning regional awards from partner programs in New Hampshire.
More than 2,000 public, private and homeschooled students from across the state submitted works to this year’s Scholastic Art Awards of New Hampshire contest. A ceremony to honor Manchester’s 22 young artists in a variety of categories, including photography, drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics and glass, digital art and design will be held on this weekend.
All of the state’s winning works are on display this week at Pinkerton Academy’s Stockbridge Theater. The awards ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, February 8 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Nearly 600 aspiring authors entered submissions to the National Writing Project in New Hampshire. Manchester’s one winner in the writing category will be honored in May.
All of New Hampshire’s winners – some students received honors in more than one category – will be considered for the national Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, which will be presented in June at Carnegie Hall in New York by The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. That organization’s mission is to provide recognition, exhibition, publication and scholarship to students across the country with exceptional artistic and literary talent. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards has grown to be the nation’s longest-running, most respected recognition initiative for creative students and the largest source of scholarships for young artists and writers. Learn more at www.artandwriting.org.
Manchester’s students hoping for an invitation to Carnegie Hall are:
Memorial High School
Hanna Kierstead, senior: photography, sculpture and art portfolio
Jansen Mayer, senior: design
Anuva Mizan, senior: drawing and illustration
Rachel Thibeault, junior: photography
Despina Yogas, junior: digital art
Alayna Blodgett, junior: drawing
Susan Garwood, sophomore: photography
Christopher LaSalle, senior: ceramics and glass
Marika Ohar, junior: ceramics and glass
Caleb Pantazis, junior: photography
Brandon Scott, junior: drawing and illustration
Amber Fournier, senior: art portfolio
Shauri Gilot, junior: ceramics and glass
Hanna Kierstead, senior: painting
GeDeon Mwano, junior: painting
Collin Tessier, sophomore: drawing and illustration
Rachel Thiebeault, junior: photography
Brooke Wisniewski, sophomore: photography
Central High School
Claude Kwizera, senior: drawing and illustration
Jordan McCown, senior: art portfolio
Nick Picciano, senior: comic art
Angel Hyde, senior: writing, personal essay/memoir and flash fiction
Elaura Thompson, senior: drawing and illustration
Johanna Hebert, senior: drawing and illustration
Ashley Holland, senior: drawing and illustration