South Central Kentucky Students Announced as 2017 Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Award Recipients

Post By: The SKyPAC
Date: February 27, 2017

Bowling Green, KY  — Monday, February 27, 2017 — The Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center (SKyPAC) has announced the regional award recipients of the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards whose award winning works will be on exhibit in the Wedge Children’s Gallery now through Friday, March 10, 2017 with an award ceremony and reception honoring the students on Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Presented by the nonprofit organization, the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the country’s longest-running and most prestigious award and recognition program for creative students in grades 7–12. This program year, nearly 400,000 works of art and writing were submitted to 100 Affiliate Partners across the country. One hundred Twenty-Four (124) creative teens in south central Kentucky received regional honors from SKyPAC the local Scholastic Affiliate, including:


Adair County High School (Art Teacher: Cayce Davenport) – Elizabeth Spoon, Gold Key; Hanna Scott, American Visions Nominee and Gold Key; Jacob Absher, Silver Key; Serena Corbin, Honorable Mention

Barren County Middle School (Art Teacher: Marla England)  – Fancy Bratcher, Honorable Mention; Kayla Walbert, Gold Key; McKylee Bowles, Honorable Mention

Bowling Green High School (Art Teacher: William Stinson ) Aliza Norman, American Visions Nominee, Gold Key, Silver Key, and Honorable Mention; Anna Nguyen, Gold Key and Silver Key; Ivan Arce, American Visions Nominee, Gold Key, and Honorable Mention; Joanna Graves, Silver Key and Honorable Mention; Madilyn Bouldin, Honorable Mention; Zayleah Robinson, Gold Key

Butler County High School (Art Teacher: Catron Burdette) – Haley Penrod, Honorable Mention; Harlie VanMeter, Honorable Mention

Caverna High School (Art Teacher: Jenna Neal) – Anthony Lindner, Silver Key and Honorable Mention; Kyle McNutt, Gold Key

Greenwood High School (Art Teacher: Kim Soule) – Carlos Gomez, Silver Key; Hannah Basham, Silver Key; Joseph McNabb, Honorable Mention; Julia Schwender, Honorable Mention; Julianna Clarke, Gold Key; Keiko Nishijima, Silver Key;  Kristina Cvijanovic, Honorable Mention; Madison Phillips, Honorable Mention; Marc Murrell, Gold Key; Manzar Rzayeva, Silver Key;  Noah Hernandez, Honorable Mention

Muhlenberg County High School, West (Art Teacher: Kimberly McClellan- White and Sarah Goodaker)  – Alexis Drumheller, Honorable Mention; Alora Snodgrass, Honorable Mention; Christopher Steele, Gold Key; Courtney Stanley, Honorable Mention; Hope Mohon, Silver Key; Jena Staples, Honorable Mention; Leon Starke, Silver Key and Honorable Mention; Madison Booth, Honorable Mention; Madison Weaver, Honorable Mention; Michael Groves, Honorable Mention; Noah Sallee, Honorable Mention; Sarah Cox, Gold Key, Silver Key and Honorable Mention; Ty Mathis, Gold Key

Ohio County High School (Art Teachers: Farrah Belhasen and Tara Maikranz) – Alayna Woods, Honorable Mention; Angelica Smith, Gold Key and Honorable Mention; Ashley Schell, Gold Key, Silver Key, and Honorable Mention; Casi Fairchild, Honorable Mention; Dallas Swift, Silver Key and Honorable Mention; Jasmine Allen, American Visions Nominee and Gold Key; Jason Burgess, Honorable Mention; Kayla Chinn, American Visions Nominee, Gold Key, and Honorable Mention; Madi Maikranz, Silver Key; Ragon Hester, Gold Key

Ohio County Middle School (Art Teacher: Katrina Bullington) –  Alexis Heflin, Honorable Mention; Becca Zamora, Gold Key; Christian Willis, Silver Key; Grayson Cole, Gold Key; Jack Barton, Silver Key; Kylie Johnson, Silver Key and Honorable Mention; Matt Woods, Honorable Mention

South Warren Middle School (Art Teacher: Paul Johnson) – Emily Fan, Honorable Mention; Katie Meredith, Honorable Mention; Reese Pearson, Honorable Mention; Zoe Martin, Gold Key

Warren East Middle School (Art Teacher: Missi Carini)  – Alayna Baker, Honorable Mention; Haileigh Neighbors, Silver Key; Kenaz Huskey, Honorable Mention; Morgan Krisher, Silver Key


Ohio County High School (Teacher: Farrah Belhasen)  – Katie Voyles, Silver Key; Jasmine Allen, Honorable Mention; Levi Horn, Honorable Mention; Camille Hurst, Honorable Mention; Jakob Quisenberry, Honorable Mention; Gabrialle Simpson, Honorable Mention;  Alayna Woods, Honorable Mention

Gatton Academy Math-Science In Ky (Teacher: Tracy Harkins & Cheryl Kirby Stokes)  – Rhiannon Connor, Silver Key; Evan Poole, Honorable Mention; Deeya Patel, Silver Key & Honorable Mention

Barren County High School (Teacher: Kelley Ross) – Jayden Thomas, Silver Key & Honorable Mention

Bowling Green High School (Teacher: Ada Skillern) – Hayley Bouldin, Silver Key

Ohio County High School (Teacher: Hilary Thompson) – T.J. Faulkner, Honorable Mention

Allen Co-Scottsville High School (Teacher: Lisa Williams) – Zack Logsdon, Gold Key

The award winning artworks will be on exhibit now through Friday, March 10, 2017 in the Wedge Children’s Gallery. An award ceremony and reception honoring the students will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm in the Laura G. Turner Lobby at SKyPAC.

The SKyPAC galleries are free and open to the public Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information about how your students can participate in next year’s Scholastic Art & Writing Awards program please contact our Marketing and Gallery Director, Jessica Snodgrass, by phone at 270-904-5001 or email

About the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Since the program’s founding in 1923, all works are blindly judged based on originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal vision or voice. For Gold Key works of art and writing in the Awards’ 29 categories including photography, poetry, sculpture, humor, video game design, and more, the opportunities for recognition will continue when the works are adjudicated again on a national level by a panel of leading creative professionals.

“Year after year, I am astounded by the groundswell of creativity that pours out of students from every corner of the country through the regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards,” said Virginia McEnerney, Executive Director of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. “This program develops young talent through this first act of recognition here at home—a defining moment of validation on students’ journeys to personal and professional success—then again on the national level by opening the doors of opportunity for exhibition, publication and access to millions of dollars in scholarships.”

All students who receive Scholastic Art & Writing Awards walk in the footsteps of notable Scholastic Awards Alumni who have gone on to become leaders in their fields, including Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Sylvia Plath, and filmmaker Ken Burns, all of whom received Scholastic Awards when they were teens. More recently, Myla Goldberg, Richard Linklater, Zac Posen, and Lena Dunham have become celebrated Alumni of the program. National Gold Medalists will be honored during a special awards ceremony at the world-famous Carnegie Hall in New York City

 and all National recipients are eligible for a wealth of additional opportunities such as inclusion in the Art.Write.Now.Tour traveling exhibition and The Best Teen Writing anthology. National Medalist poets are considered for the National Student Poets Program, the nation’s highest honor for young poets presenting original work.

The Alliance is grateful for its generous sponsors, who provide funds to support and produce the Awards: Scholastic Inc., The Maurice R. Robinson Fund, Command Web Offset Co., The New York Times, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, The National Endowment for the Arts, Blick Art Materials & Utrecht Art Supplies, The Herb Block Foundation, RBC Capital Markets, Neiman Marcus, Bloomberg Philanthropies,  Golden Artist Colors, The Gedenk Movement, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; numerous other individual, foundation, and corporate funders; and, for the National Student Poets Program, the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.

 A complete list of 2016 regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards recipients will available online at To learn more about the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, visit the online Scholastic News Room at