Seven Summit students earn awards at Scholastic art competition

Summit students hold up their award-winning art pieces.

Seven Summit students received nine awards at this year's Scholastic Art and Writing competition. Front row (L to R): Michelle Chen, Mimi McNabb and Lulu Murphy. Back row (L to R): Lucas Valle, Isabel Schomburger, Emely Villalba and Aniya Woodard.

By Jessica Huber


Three students at The Summit Country Day School earned gold or silver keys at this year’s Scholastic Art and Writing competition.


Altogether, seven Summit students received nine awards at the regional competition.


Sophomore Mimi McNabb, Hyde Park, earned a gold key for her ceramics piece, “Drippy.” One of her other works, “Marylin” received an honorable mention.


“It has been very exciting to watch Mimi grow as a ceramic artist,” Summit ceramics teacher Jamie Grauvogel said. “Many, if not all, students who take my class do not expect ceramics to be as difficult as it truly is. Mimi challenged herself with every project and I am so proud of her accomplishments.”


Mimi’s gold key piece will be judged by a national panel later this year.


Senior Emely Villalba, Loveland, had one drawing, “The Hands of an Artist” garner a silver key. Her piece entitled, “Exhaustion” received an honorable mention.


“It has been a joy to watch Emely push herself artistically,” Summit Upper School art teacher Carrie Barnett said. “Her piece, ‘The Hands of an Artist’ combines the use of colored pencil and graphite. It highlights her strong rendering abilities while compositionally challenging her ability to interpret her innermost feelings into a foreshortened representation of herself. I am so proud of her artistic accomplishments.”


Sophomore Aniya Woodard, North Avondale, earned a silver key for her ceramics piece, “Maya Angelou.”


Sophomore Lulu Murphy, Mt. Washington, received honorable mention for her painting entitled, “New Balance.” Fellow sophomore Lucas Valle, Anderson Township, received honorable mention, too.


Seniors Isabel Schomburger, Hyde Park, and Michelle Chen, Anderson Township, received honorable mentions for their works.


The Scholastic Art and Writing competition is the nation’s longest-running, largest and most prestigious recognition program for creative teenagers in the visual and literary arts.


The Summit fosters numerous opportunities for self-expression and the development of artistic awareness and discernment.