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High school student artists honored with national awards
by: SUBMITTED PHOTO Lakeridge senior Michael Hoch received a silver medal for his entire ceramics portfolio.

Ten students from Lakeridge and Lake Oswego high schools have received prestigious national awards for their outstanding artwork through the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. The students will be honored, along with the rest of the national winners, at a special ceremony at the world-famous Carnegie Hall in New York City on May 31.

Michael Hoch, 18, a senior at Lakeridge High School is honored with a National Silver Medal Portfolio Award for his ceramics portfolio.

Fellow Lakeridge artists honored with gold medals are sophomore Lizzie Aronson and junior Eva Davis, both for their painting. Honored with silver medals were seniors Matty Trueherz (ceramics), Michael Lipton (drawing), Ashley King (painting) and juniors Lexie Wilkinson (photography) and Amy Wyman (painting).

Lake Oswego senior Kemy Lin received a gold medal for architecture and junior Jonah Walker was honored with a silver medal for his painting.

'It's a huge honor and incredibly flattering to be even remotely associated with such great artists and writers, and, hopefully, it bodes well that Scholastic Medal winners in the past have gone on to accomplish incredible things,' Lin said. 'This award is a very nice affirmation of my hard work - and all those nights I spent toiling over architectural models this summer - and reaffirmed my desire to keep art in my life and continue my artistic education.'

'The gold is the 'highest' honor, yet having your portfolio selected means that each piece held its own and collectively was considered. That, as an artist, is a very high honor,' explained Whitney Daley, 3-D art teacher at Lakeridge High School.

'I was very surprised when I was told I had won a silver key for my portfolio,' said Michael Hoch. 'I was very happy and excited. It feels really good. It feels good to win an award that so many other famous artists that are still making pottery have won in the past. This makes me want to take my ceramics more seriously and take some classes in college and hopefully keep pursuing this after college for a job or hobby.'

Lexie Wilkinson agrees.

'Being recognized in this way has helped me to realize my talents and makes me feel like I have a future doing something that I love,' she said.

Lin, Aronson and Davis' art will be among the more than 400 works displayed in the ART.WRITE.NOW. National exhibition in New York City from June 1 through 19. The other works will be presented photographically at the exhibit. Lin and Davis are planning to attend the ceremony on May 31.

Encouraging and guiding the students in their art endeavors are their teachers, Katie Brink and Steve Schiefelbein at LOHS and Shannon McBride and Whitney Daley at Lakeridge. Daley is substituting for Amy Burnham, who is on maternity leave.

By being named National Scholastic Arts and Writing winners, the students join a highly revered group. Robert Redford, Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, John Lithgow, Joyce Carol Oates, John Baldesarri, Philip Pearlstein, Zac Posen, Sylvia Plath, Richard Avedon and Abdi Farah all received Scholastic Art and Writing Awards when they were in high school.

As part of the celebration New York Mayor Bloomberg has declared May 31 the official Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Day and the top of the Empire State Building will be lit gold in honor of the students' achievements.