DCDS is the most decorated school in Michigan for this year’s competition
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich., April 15, 2013 – Detroit Country Day School (DCDS), an independent, non-denominational, college preparatory school, is proud to announce that 12 Upper and Middle School students received 14 National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, making the school the most decorated in the state of Michigan. DCDS students made up 35 percent of the total from southeast Michigan receiving national awards. DCDS Headmaster Glen Shilling made the announcement.
“Our fully comprehensive writing and arts programs serve as a platform for our students to excel to their highest creative potential,” said Shilling. “It is a true honor for each of our students to be recognized as among the best creative scholars in the country, and for our school to be unsurpassed by others in the region and state.”
Prior to the national competition, DCDS Upper and Middle School students received more than 100 awards of excellence in the Southeastern Michigan Region competition. Only 32 pieces from all of the southeast Michigan submissions were chosen for the national level competition. In total, more than 230,000 students from schools country-wide and American schools abroad submitted pieces for consideration in regional competitions this year, and ultimately1,600 National Award recipients were chosen. Each recipient will have their work featured during the National Celebration on May 31 in New York City, and the National Gold Medal winners will be honored onstage at the world-famous Carnegie Hall.
The following DCDS students received National Awards:
- Richa Bijlani, senior – Gold Medal in personal essay
- Catherine Blotner, senior – Gold Medal in painting
- Helena Chen, junior – Silver Medal in drawing
- Kathie Chuang, senior – Gold Medal in jewelry, Silver Medal in sculpture and Silver Medal in jewelry
- Halie Conyers, junior – National Gold Medal in photography
- Hannah Hansen, freshman – American Vision Medal in photography
- Emily Herard, junior – Gold Medal in photography
- Eva Kirkman, senior – Silver Medal in art portfolio
- Shelby Packer, senior – Silver Medal in jewelry
- Josie Teachout, freshman – Gold Medal and Best of Grade in mixed media
- Jiwon Yun, 8th grade – National Gold Medal in story writing and National Silver Medal in poetry writing
Celebrating its 90th anniversary, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is the country’s longest running and most prestigious award and recognition program for creative teenagers. Past recipients include fashion designer Zac Posen, television actress and screenwriter Lena Dunham, artist Andy Warhol, and writers Sylvia Plath and Joyce Carol Oates.
About Detroit Country Day School
Detroit Country Day School offers students from preschool through high school an exemplary education rooted in academic vigor and a commitment to the full development of each student’s potential. The school is an independent, coeducational, non-denominational, college preparatory school nationally recognized for excellence in academics, athletics, and the fine and performing arts. Founded in 1914 by F. Alden Shaw, Detroit Country Day School today enrolls more than 1,500 students on four campuses located in Beverly Hills and Bloomfield Township, Michigan. For additional information, please visit www.dcds.edu.
About the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, established in 1923 by Maurice R. Robinson, the founder of Scholastic Inc., has grown exponentially since the first seven student entries were submitted 90 years ago. In 2013, the Awards program received a record 230,000 submissions of art and writing. Each year, fifteen graduating high school seniors receive the national Portfolio Gold Award and a $10,000 cash scholarship. Partnerships with 60 colleges and universities make more than $8 million in scholarships available to winning high school seniors, with additional cash awards offered to students in all grades, as well as teachers.