WESTFIELD, NJ – Morgan Eng, a 2019 graduate of Westfield High School, has been awarded a gold medal in design in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.
Eng accepted the award in a June 6 ceremony at Carnegie Hall. Eng’s award-winning entry was her set design for the WHS production of “Into the Woods.” Eng also received four gold and silver key regional awards from Scholastic for paintings and drawings. All gold key winning designs are judged for national awards. Previous Scholastic national award winners include artist Andy Warhol and fashion designer Zac Posen.
“This award is very special,” Eng said. “I wasn’t really expecting it, and I’m honored to be a part of this community of people that Scholastic has created.” Eng credits much of her knowledge to the art, drawing and graphic design classes she took during her four years at Westfield High School.
“Honestly, I learned so much in all of the art classes. I’m so grateful that I took them all. I’ve always been interested in art, and never thought of having a career that didn’t somehow involve art,” Eng said.
Her artwork was featured in the Westfield School District Art Show beginning in first grade, and she had at least one piece featured in each show annually through her senior year. In 2018, Eng received a Rising Star Award from Paper Mill Playhouse for student achievement in graphic design and pit orchestra for the WHS spring production of the musical “Follies.”
Previously, she earned second place for the first annual Westfield Addams Fest cartoon contest and first place in the Westfield Coalition for the Arts logo design in spring 2018. Eng’s work has appeared in the Westfield High School literary magazine “Folio,” on winter and spring district concert program covers, and posters, playbills and T-shirts for the Westfield High School Theatre Department productions.
In addition to her involvement in the local art community, Eng was a 4-year member of both the Chamber Orchestra and the Ultimate Frisbee team at Westfield High School, which went to the Nationals. She was also inducted into National Honor Society.
In September, Eng will begin a 5-year accelerated master’s program Savannah College of Art and Design, which she hopes will culminate with a career in preproduction, storyboarding and concept development for animated feature films.