Two South-Western high school students have earned medals in the 2013 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and have been invited to attend a ceremony May 31 at Carnegie Hall.
Grove City High School junior Madison Jarrell and Westland High School senior Sydney Brown won the national recognition for their photographs that had already been recognized at the regional level of the awards program.
Only the top 1 percent of the 230,000 works of art and writing submitted nationwide are being recognized at the event in New York.
Brown earned a silver medal for her photograph, Rhythm and Blues, which features a vase filled with water as her subject.
When she checked her email and found a message informing her the photograph was receiving the national honor, "I was shocked. It was such an honor to be chosen, especially when you consider there are so many great pieces of art that were entered," Brown said.
"I never expected this to happen," she said.
Brown said she was especially pleased with Rhythm and Blues because of how well the photograph captured the swirls and blue color of the water.
Part of photography's appeal for her is the challenge and uncertainty of trying to define the essence of an object or person through a picture, she said.
"I found that being involved in photography has made me look at things differently," Brown said. "I look at something now wondering if it would be a good subject for a photograph."
Jarrell won a silver medal for her photograph Crowd of Masks. She could not be reached for an interview.
The Carnegie Hall ceremony will be webcast live at 6 p.m. May 31 at artandwriting.org.