Three Harriton High School students have earned national recognition in the 2021 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards sponsored by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. These students were identified by panels of creative professionals as the most talented young artists in the nation as their submissions were selected for excellence in originality, technical skill and emergence of personal voice. This year, upwards of 230,000 works of art and writing were submitted to the competition, while only the top 1% were recognized at the national level.
Harriton senior Reese Lienau won a gold medal for her piece (pictured above) entitled Functional Scrambling Decagonal Prism Puzzle – an advanced Rubik's Cube redesign formed with apoxie clay and two puzzle mechanisms. Lienau was joined in the national winner's circle by Julia Hoeffner, who took home a silver medal for her fabricated copper and beaded pearl statement neckpiece titled Coral Necklace (pictured below), and classmate Aruna Balasubramanian, who earned a second-place finish in the novel writing category for her submission Escaping Eden.
Since 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have recognized the vision, ingenuity and talent of our nation's youth, and provided opportunities for creative teens to be celebrated. Alumni of the contest include luminaries like Andy Warhol, Hughie-Lee Smith, Sylvia Plaith, Truman Capote, Robert Redford, Ken Burns, Richard Linklater and many more. The mission of the Alliance is to identify students with exceptional artistic and literary talent and present their work to the world through this annual competition.