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Seventh Grader Natalie Barnes Wins a National Art Award
Posted 03/16/2018 09:37AM

St. Timothy’s School student Natalie Barnes is a Scholastic Arts National Award winner! The seventh grader received a Silver Medal Award for her photograph titled “Too Cool for School.” She is the first STS student to receive this prestigious award.

The 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing competition received over 350,000 submissions nation-wide from students in grades 7-12. After receiving a Gold Key Award in the regional competition, Natalie’s photograph qualified for the national competition where it was judged by an impressive panel of creative-industry experts. She, along with only 24 other North Carolina national winners, will be invited to attend a ceremony at the Executive Mansion in Raleigh on April 16.

Each year, middle school art teacher Kim Balentine encourages students to submit their artwork to the Scholastic Awards program, which puts them in direct competition with high school students as well as other middle school students. “I am thrilled that Natalie, a seventh grader, won a National Silver Medal Award in Scholastic Art standing out even among high schoolers,” said Mrs. Balentine. “It goes to show that when these students step outside of the norm and take a creative risk in art, it could pay off!”

Natalie’s award winning photograph will be on display in the Scholastic Awards National Exhibition in New York City this summer.

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