Sally Baek of Butler created this piece for the contest.

Twelve Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools students were named among the most talented artists in the country by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. The students won medals for their outstanding art and will be honored at a ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City in June. The students will also attend workshops with professional artists during the trip.
One student, Sally Baek, a senior at Butler High School, was honored with the Portfolio Gold Award, the highest level of achievement. Sally will receive a $10,000 award to help pay for college, as well as special recognition on the stage at Carnegie Hall. Only 15 students nationally won this award.
“It is incredible to have so many of our students honored nationally for their achievement,” said Cheryl Maney, pre-K-12 visual arts and dance curriculum specialist for CMS. “This is a big honor that art schools and universities across the country recognize. We are proud of our students and art teachers for the dedication they give to their work.”
Other well-known recipients of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards include Robert Redford, Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Zac Posen and Sylvia Plath.
The students, and the awards they received, include:
Student Name
School
Award(s)
Jose Arreola
West Charlotte High
Gold Medal
Sally Baek
Butler High
American Visions Award
Gold Medal
Silver Medal (2)
Portfolio Gold Award
Tyler Bullock
Butler High
Gold Medal
Reece Cox
Northwest School of the Arts
Portfolio Silver Award
Sarah Dodd
Northwest School of the Arts
Silver Medal
Portfolio Silver Award
Zoe Pruitt
Myers Park High
Silver Medal
Katherine Rainey
South Mecklenburg High
Gold Medal
Emily Rapp
Northwest School of the Arts
Silver Medal
Diana Settlemyer
Myers Park High
Silver Medal
Danielle Souder
Ardrey Kell High
Gold Medal
Julia Stauble
Northwest School of the Arts
Gold Medal
Charlotte Vari
Northwest School of the Arts
Portfolio Silver Award

In addition, six students will exhibit their art at the World Financial Center Courtyard Gallery in Manhattan from June 9-25. They are: Jose Arreola, Sally Baek, Tyler Bullock, Katherine Rainey, Danielle Souder and Julia Stauble.
The students’ work was first evaluated as part of the Mid-Carolina Region of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. The region includes students in Alleghany, Anson, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Catawba, Cleveland, Davie, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanly, Surry, Union, Wilkes and Yadkin Counties. In January, art teachers from across the region submitted more than 1,800 individual pieces, which were judged by local artists. Students won gold keys, silver keys and honorable mention awards, in addition to special honors, monetary awards and class scholarships. CMS students who won special awards include:

Student Name
School
Award(s)
Sally Baek
Butler High
Best of Show-Portfolio ($500 from the Arts & Science Council)
American Vision Nominee
Kayla Christianson
Providence High
Governors Award (will be honored at the Governor’s Mansion on Friday, April 9)
Rebecca Skye Cooley
Mint Hill Middle
Best of Show ($100 from the Arts & Science Council)
Reece Cox
Northwest School of the Arts
Best of Show ($100 from the Arts & Science Council)
Steven Darden
Myers Park High
Light Factory: Advanced Black & White class
Coty Finley
Butler High
Pottery Central class
Best of Show-Portfolio ($500 from the Arts & Science Council)
David Jones
Butler High
Best of Show ($100 from the Arts & Science Council)
Hee Yeong Kim
Providence High
Best of Show ($100 from the Arts & Science Council)
American Vision Nominee
Andrea Morrow
Ardrey Kell High
Best of Show ($100 from the Arts & Science Council)
Justin Poole
Mint Hill Middle
McColl Center for Visual Arts class
Stephanie Rowe
Northwest School of the Arts (middle school)
McColl Center for Visual Arts class
Julia Stauble
Northwest School of the Arts
Best of Show ($100 from the Arts & Science Council)
Lucianna Thompson
Northwest School of the Arts
Best of Show ($100 from the Arts & Science Council)
American Vision Nominee
Ryan Zaino
Mallard Creek High
Bechtler Museum membership
Best of Show-Portfolio ($500 from the Arts & Science Council)
Sophia Zhang
Northwest School of the Arts (middle school)
Mint Museum Journeyman class

“The support we receive from the community and arts organizations is key to the success of our students and these awards,” said Maney. “Local colleges, universities, museums and nonprofit organizations provide judges, art handlers, prizes and art classes for these students. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to hold the regional competition and send our students on to the national level.”