28 Students Win Honors in Art & Writing Contest

Alexa Perlmutter '17 won a "best in show" award from the 2017 regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and 27 other Upper School students joined her in being recognized by the judges for exceptional artistic and literary talent.
Perlmutter was one of five writers in the Washington region nominated for the American Voices & Visions Medals. The nominations recognize writers and artists whose works most exemplify originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision. The winners of the medals, the Scholastic Awards' highest regional honor, will be announced in June.
Three NCS students, including Perlmutter, won Gold Keys for creating the most accomplished works in the region, and they will now advance to the national Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition, where winners receive scholarships. Silver Keys were awarded for distinguished works, and promising works received honorable mention.
Four students won multiple awards: Esther Eriksson von Allmen '19, Katherine Leahy '19, Mallory Moore '18, and Paulina Song '18.
This marks the fifth consecutive year that Perlmutter's writing has been highlighted in the Scholastic Awards, an annual competition presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. Song was recognized for the third consecutive year, and Moore, HaoMin SiMa '18, and Naomi Davy '18 for the second consecutive year.
Gold and Silver Key-winning visual works are on display in the Media Gallery. All award recipients will be honored March 5 at the Gala Theatre in Washington. Here are the NCS artists and writers who were recognized:
Regional Gold Key
Katherine Leahy '19, in Short Story, for "Stars"
Alexa Perlmutter '17, in Personal Essay/Memoir, for "Growing Up Good"
Hallie Toren '19, in Ceramics and Glass, for "Wooden Vase"
Regional Silver Key
Rebecca Davis '17, in Personal Essay/Memoir, for "A Blue Dot with Blonde Hair and Lipstick"
Naomi Davy '18, in Personal Essay/Memoir, for "Homelessness"
Olivia Harley '19, in Painting, for "Starkid, Starkid"
Isabella Houle '19, in Photography, for "Mutual Understanding"
Emma Kapani '20, in Photography, for "Looking Glass"
Bofta Leakemariam '17, in Personal Essay/Memoir, for "This Room"
Katherine Leahy '19, in Drawing and Illustration, for "A Tranquil Guise"
Claire McGinnis '17, in Photography, for "Red Fish Blue Fish One Fish Two Fish"
Bea Markham '20, in Photography, for "Country Road"
Mallory Moore '18, in Short Story, for "Dead Christmas Trees"
Mallory Moore '18, in Short Story, for "The Milkman"
Goldie Roth '17, in Humor Writing, for "The Lion, the Sheep, and the Shepherd"
HaoMin SiMa '18, in Painting, for "Forest"
Paulina Song '18, in Poetry, for "Hospital, Morgue, Heaven"
Regional Honorable Mention
Shannon Ayres '19, in Photography, for "Messy Mind"
Summers Bruce '17, in Drawing and Illustration, for "The Re-caffination"
Ella Bruno '20, in Photography, for "Blurred Mind"
Rebecca Davis '17, in Critical Essay, for "Let's Talk About Sex"
Rebecca Davis '17, in Drawing and Illustration, for "Artichoke"
Rebecca Davis '17, in Painting, for "Artichoke"
Margaret Downing '19, in Drawing and Illustration, for "Capsize"
Esther Eriksson von Allmen '19, in Poetry, for "What We've Been Taught"
Esther Eriksson von Allmen '19, in Poetry, for "translucent"
Annie King '19, in Photography, for "Like a Charm"
Catherine Lee '20, in Photography, for "Eyes to the Sky"
Gabrielle Liebeler '20, in Photography, for "Skyline"
Mallory Moore '18, in Short Story, for "Mr. Butterfly"
Mallory Moore '18, in Flash Fiction, for "The Soldier Boy"
Nicole Owens '19, in Photography, for "Fragmented"
Indira Rajkumar '17, in Personal Essay/Memoir, for "RJ"
Paulina Song '18, in Short Story, for "Letting Go"
Jamie Wang '19, in Ceramics and Glass, for "Cool Blues"
Vicky Wang '20, in Drawing and Illustration, for "Ephemeral"
    • Hallie Toren's "Wooden Vase," which won a Gold Key.

    • Toren works on "Wooden Vase" in the NCS Ceramics Studio.

    • Alexa Perlmutter '17