Southern High Art Students Head to Carnegie Hall to Pick Up National Awards

Five student from Southern High School are heading to Carnegie Hall next week to pick up awards for their work in photography from Scholastic Arts. Accompanying the students will be Southern’s Art Department chair Michael Bell, the students, their families and school officials.

The students are all from Bell’s Photo 3 and/or AP 2D classes. Their photos are at the end of this story.

The students are:

  • Senior Katharine Milbradt, National Gold Medal for her work, ““Playing Housewife””
  • Junior Hannah Larney, National Gold Medal, for her work, ““Gender Identity Spectrum”
  • Senior Carley Meredith, National Silver Medal for her work, ““Portal Revisitation””
  • Senior Meghan Segreti, National Silver Medal for her work “”Blue Moment”,” and
  • Junior Shanna Dunlap, National Silver Medal for her work, ““Release.”

The recipients represent the top one percent of submissions to the 2014 Scholastic Awards. Bell said that students from across the country submitted 255,000 works of art and writing. Of those, 17,000 received Gold Key honors at the regional level. Of those, 2,068 earned medals at the national level.

The awards have a grand history, with notables including Truman Capote, Sylvia Plath, Robert Redford, Andy Warhol and Richard Avedon as past winners.

In all, Southern picked up 23 Gold Key awards, 23 Silver Key and 21 honorable mentions. This is the first time that Southern students have earned the Gold Key national honor.

Tune in to the event, which will be streaming live from Carnegie Hall, from 6 to 7 p.m. on June 6 at:

"Playing Housewife" by senior Katherine Milbrandt

“Playing Housewife” by senior Katherine Milbrandt

"Gender Identity Spectrum" by junior Hannah Larney

“Gender Identity Spectrum” by junior Hannah Larney

"“Portal Revisitation”" by senior Carley Meredith

““Portal Revisitation”” by senior Carley Meredith

"Blue Moment," by senior Meghan Segreti

“Blue Moment,” by senior Meghan Segreti

"Release" by junior Shanna Dunlap

“Release” by junior Shanna Dunlap


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