Kamiak students among national art medalists

By Nicholas Johnson | Apr 19, 2017
“Determined,” by Kamiak junior Nadia Domnina.

Eight Snohomish County students have received national recognition for their entries in the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, including two from Kamiak High School.

Senior Yea Rin Park and junior Nadia Domnina each won a silver medal – Park for “Table Sample” in the Architecture & Industrial Design category and Domnina for “Determined” in the photography category.

Park and Domnina are among 17 student winners across the state and some 2,500 across the country.

Other Snohomish County winners include Meadowdale High School student Mckenzie Beavin, home school student Abigail Dahl, Cascade High School student Carmen Hager, Stanwood High School student Amanda Parks, Sky Valley Education Center student Abigail Spurling and Snohomish High School student Abbi Stempak.

The awards are the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 7-12. All together, some 330,000 works of art and writing were submitted this year.

The awards are presented by the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.

“Our wonder and amazement at the creative output of our country’s youth – and the dedication of our extraordinary educators – never ceases, and this year is no exception,” Virginia McEnerney, executive director of the alliance, said.

“The young people being recognized today for the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are to be celebrated for their creative and critical thinking, their bravery in telling their own stories on their own terms, and their inventiveness in recording and recreating their worlds. Watch closely, because among this 2,500 are members of the next generation of great American artists and writers.”

The Gold Portfolio and Gold Medal students across the nation will be honored June 8 at a national ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City with appearances by this year’s honoree, Ken Burns, award-winning filmmaker and documentarian.

More information: www.artandwriting.org.

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