LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - When competing at a national level, it could be hard to be recognized through so many applicants. But for three Laurel Middle School students in Sondra Hamilton’s art class, that was not the case.
Amiah White placed in the Scholastic Art and Writing awards competition in the gold key category, Sabrina Huffman took home the silver key for a painting titled “Thinking,” and Alayna Smith was given an honorable mention her piece, titled “Love Starts Here.”
“Even at a young age you have a voice and you can do it too,” said Alayna.
Since 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards has recognized students across the nation. Amiah will soon see her artwork hung at the Mississippi Museum of art inside the state capitol.
“It was to remind other females about their self-love and if you really take time to look at the artwork it makes the woman feel loved,” said Amiah.
Sabrina created an art piece with vibrant colors and tones.
“Finding where the color for and how to make her face look like an actual sculpture,” said Sabrina.
Hamilton said that the art lesson doesn’t stop in the classroom, but hopes that it will carry on into each artist’s future.
“It’s going to benefit them in the long run because with this competition, they also offer good scholarships to go on to school,” said Hamilton.
On March 24, the students will travel to Jackson to receive their awards and they will have a chance to receive their keys and certificates.