Artists Bring Home National Scholastics Awards

Soloway knitted this piece of her grandmother. She uses the computer to design her knit pieces. (photo used by permission of Laural Soloway)

Soloway knitted this piece of her grandmother. She uses the computer to design her knit pieces. (photo used by permission of Laural Soloway)

by Erika Williams

National Scholastic Award Results were released. Seven students from Stoney received awards in the American Vision, Silver Photo, Silver Portfolio, Silver Video, and Gold Photo categories. The winners will go to the awards ceremony on June 6 at Carnegie Hall, New York.

“The results are more than double our best year ever,” AP Studio Art teacher Diane Heath said. “[I have] never heard of such a thing in my life.”

One of the Silver Portfolio Winners, senior Laural Soloway, knitted her whole portfolio. She did a series of eight knitted portraits of her family. She started with her grandmother, because she was the one who taught her how to knit.

“It was unique, like no one else really knits portraits, so I thought it was innovative,” Soloway said.

Heath expresses this opinion too.

“I’ve never seen anything like it, and I’m sure that’s why she won a National Silver,” Heath said. “Have ever you heard of anyone knitting their portfolio?”

As for Soloway’s reaction to the award, she was ecstatic, as the award comes with perks that will help her get to an art school as she wishes.

“It comes with the satisfaction and with a lot of rewards,” Soloway said. “I get lots of scholarships when I go to school.”

Click here to get to the Scholastics website for more information.

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