Scholastic Honors Immaculate Heart Artists and Writers

Recognized as Scholastic Gold Key recipients are Immaculate Heart students (left to right) Alex Ortega, Crissy Tinio, Alyssa Damore, Clara Collins, Lea Yang, Zofie Basta, Tori Hwang, Delaney Rice and Emery Secor.

The 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Program has recognized 28 Immaculate Heart High School and Middle School students with 59 Gold Key, Silver Key, and Honorable Mention Awards in regional competition!

Scholastic’s annual contest is considered one of the most prestigious national recognition programs for talented artists and writers in grades 7 through 12. Each year, the competition draws thousands of entries in a variety of categories, including drawing and illustration, digital art, photography, poetry, and short story.

In Scholastic’s West Region-at-Large division, nine IH students snagged top honors as Gold Key recipients: seniors Zofie Basta, Clara Collins, Alyssa Damore, Alex Ortega and Lea Yang; junior Crissy Tinio; and seventh graders Delaney Rice, Emery Secor and Tori Hwang. Their winning entries will now be judged at Scholastic’s national event next month in New York City.

Since 1923, the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers has sponsored the Scholastic Awards program as an opportunity for creative youth to be honored for their talents. Past winners of the national awards have included Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Robert Redford, and Zac Posen.

Immaculate Heart congratulates all of the students recognized for their talents in art and writing. Many IH students earned multiple awards for their entries. Here’s a complete list of those honored this year:

Samar Ahmadi: Honorable Mention, Fashion.

Addie Alaimo: Honorable Mention, Drawing and Illustration.

Zofie Basta: Gold Key, Silver Key (2), Honorable Mention (2), Photography.

Daisy Carlisle: Silver Key (2), Honorable Mention (2), Photography.

Sarah Carranza: Silver Key, Comic Art; Silver Key, Honorable Mention, Digital Art.

Josie Chamberlain: Honorable Mention (2), Comic Art.

Scarlet Chavez: Silver Key, Honorable Mention, Sculpture; Honorable Mention, Art Portfolio.

Issy Chung: Silver Key, Art Portfolio; Silver Key, Painting; Silver Key, Drawing and Illustration.

Clara Collins: Gold Key, Fashion; Honorable Mention, Art Portfolio; Silver Key, Poetry; Honorable Mention, Flash Fiction.

Alyssa Damore: Gold Key, Drawing and Illustration; Honorable Mention, Fashion.

Katherine Diekmann: Silver Key, Honorable Mention (3), Drawing and Illustration.

Tori Hwang: Gold Key, Painting.

Charlotte Huss: Silver Key, Film & Animation.

Soobin Kim: Honorable Mention, Painting.

Elizabeth Kinson: Honorable Mention (4), Drawing and Illustration.

Jane Ko: Silver Key, Digital Art; Honorable Mention, Design.

Ellen Ogdemli: Silver Key, Photography.

Neko Ohnsman: Honorable Mention, Critical Essay.

Alex Ortega: Gold Key, Photography; Honorable Mention (2) Digital Art; Honorable Mention, Art Portfolio.

Delaney Rice: Gold Key, Flash Fiction.

Eujin Ro: Silver Key, Photography.

Lola Salinas: Honorable Mention, Drawing and Illustration.

Emery Secor: Gold Key, Flash Fiction.

Crissy Tinio: Gold Key (2), Photography; Honorable Mention, Poetry.

Kira Toal: Silver Key, Comic Art.

Marbella Trujillo: Silver Key, Honorable Mention, Drawing and Illustration.

Lucia Vasquez: Silver Key, Short Story.

Lea Yang: Gold Key, Mixed Media; Silver Key, Drawing and Illustration.

About Immaculate Heart

Founded in 1906, Immaculate Heart educates young women in grades sixth through 12th from its central location in the Los Feliz foothills near Griffith Park in Hollywood. The school has a long and distinguished history, with more than 10,000 graduates. Today’s student body of more than 700 young women is both geographically and ethnically diverse, drawing on students from throughout Los Angeles County. Last year, virtually 100 percent of Immaculate Heart graduates matriculated to colleges, including the most prestigious schools in the country.


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