LIVINGSTON, NJ — Several Livingston High School (LHS) students were recently recognized with Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious scholarship and recognition program for creative teens.

Three LHS students—Dara Seidman, Joyce He and Hannah Kim—took top honors this year by winning Gold Key Awards in their respective categories, making them eligible to participate in Scholastic’s National Awards competition. 

About the Art Award Winners

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Arlene Brown announced that seven of her advanced placement (AP) photography students received Scholastic honors. In addition to Seidman, who earned a Gold Key Award for her photograph, “Slither.io,” Mackenze Glassman earned a Silver Key for “Ride to the Sky” and honorable mentions were awarded to Alexis Abramson for “Orbit”; Dylan Mendez for “Where’s the Party?”; Lindsay Bisk for “Inner Galaxy”; Tyler Burbage for “The Silent Chair”; and Madison Dulman for “Protect Yourself.” 

Three of Deniz Olcay’s students also received awards, including Aaron Nagler, who earned a Silver Key Award for his drawing, “The Infrastructure of Government”; Jennifer Chen, who received an honorable mention for her drawing, “She Quietly Loves,” and her painting, “Mommy I Love You”; and Erin Zhu, who earned honorable mention for her painting, “Contemplation Behind Birch Trees.”

He, a student in Christopher Ianuzzi's Digital Imaging class, won four awards in her category, including a Gold Key for her work, “Benched,” as well as a Silver Key for “Booked” and honorable mentions for “Marburry Spring Jazz Festival” and “Deux Mains Writers Collective Business Cards.”

All award winners in the Scholastic Art Awards as well as their families and teachers are invited to attend an online art awards reception sponsored by the Montclair Art Museum on Thursday at 6 p.m.

About the Writing Award Winners

Kim was awarded a Gold Key for her Personal Essay and Memoir about her grandfather's experiences during the Korean War, entitled "Haraboji's Letters." She also won a Silver Key for her poem, "The Little Things," and an honorable mention for her poem, "So We Grew Up." 

Miriam Grodin earned a Silver Key for her personal essay and memoir, "Just Another American Girl," and a Silver Key for her poem, "The Truth of Wind." Miriam's essay centered on the popularity of the American Girl dolls and how they conveyed limiting concepts of beauty and femininity. 

Both teens are sophomores in Mary Brancaccio’s Creative Writing 2 class at LHS. Kim currently serves as co-editor of the high school’s “Inner Voices” publication, and Grodin is an active member of the Inner Voices club.

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