8th grader places first in the Scholastic Art Competition

Posted on February 8, 2018, in Events, Performing Arts

James W. Parker Middle School’s Regan Luebbert placed first in the Scholastic Art Competition for a ceramic she created.

The 8th grader earned a Gold Key, the highest recognition at the local level, for her work, which now go onto the national level judging in New York City.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious scholarship and recognition initiative for creative teens. Students in grades 7–12 submit creative and original work in any of the Awards’ 29 categories, including architecture, painting, flash fiction, poetry, printmaking, and video game design.

Students’ submissions are blindly judged by some of the foremost leaders in the visual and literary arts. Judges have included Langston Hughes, Robert Frost and Judy Blume, among many others. Works are judged at each level based on originality, technical skill, and the emergence of personal voice or vision.

The Awards have fostered creativity and talent since 1923 for millions of students and feature a notable list of alumni including: Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Sylvia Plath, Charles White, Kay WalkingStick, Ken Burns, John Baldessari, Mozelle Thompson, Joyce Carol Oates, Hughie Lee-Smith, Robert Redford, Zac Posen, and Lena Dunham.