2015 Art & Essay Contest Award Ceremony

  • When: Saturday, February 21, 2015 – 11:00am
  • Where: Clayton State University, Student Activities Center

On Saturday, February 21, 2015 at the Clayton State University Student Activity Center, middle and high school students who placed in the top ten in each category of the 9th Annual Art & Essay Contest (Middle School Art, Middle School Essay, High School Art, High School Essay) were gathered, along with their parents, families, teachers, principals, community leaders and State Superintendent, Richard Woods, in order to celebrate their accomplishments and outstanding works.

The Annual Art & Essay contest has always been representative of Atlantic Institute’s goals to facilitate dialogue and bridge cultures around the globe.  For a better world of peace and understanding, we develop public awareness for diverse cultures, beliefs, traditions and opinions. Through a wide range of activities that bring local community members from various ethnic and religious backgrounds together, we seek to proactively contribute to educational, cultural and social issues in our community.The Contest puts these goals of peace, dialogue and diversity through education into practice. This year’s theme for the contest was “Kindness without Borders: Open Eyes Open Hearts in our Global Village.”

The essays were judged by Dr. Sherry Tomblin from Columbus State University and Dr. M. Todd Harper from Kennesaw State University. The artwork was judged by: local artists – Shijun Munns, Isadora Pennington & Madaline Anton; professor from SCAD Atlanta Mrs. Elizabeth Turk; Gallery owner and artist David Neilson; Rachel Phillips & Katie Bush from the Youth and Community Programs department at the High Museum of Art and Rachel Rhule, Director of Education at the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art. 

The awards ceremony began with an exhibition; refreshments were served and the top ten winning pieces in each category were displayed for guests to admire. Following the exhibition, everyone took their seats in front of the stage waiting for the placing of each student to be announced, along with the corresponding prizes. The Emcee for the afternoon was Atlantic Institute’s Academic & Educational Programs Intern, Harrison Smith. He began by introducing Clayton State University’s representative, Dr. Susan Tusing Department Chair of Visual and Performing Arts. Atlantic Institute’s President and CEO, Mr. Turan Kilic gave the welcoming speech and State Superintendent Richard Woods extended words of encouragement and appreciation to the students for their hard work and insight. The positions of the winners were then announced starting with 6th through 10th places and then in descending order until the 1st place winners were called. Each student received a certificate, trophy and cash prize. The top 3 winners in each category win a chance to go to Turkey in the summer with Atlantic Institute. 

After the awards were announced, Ms. Linn Zamora of Summerour Middle School, whose student won first place, offered more words of appreciation to the students, parents and teachers and also shared some of her experiences from the Turkey trip her and her student participated in last summer. The afternoon finished upon recognizing each teacher for their support and leadership to the students and group photos. 
 

The 2015 Art & Essay Contest Winners!

Kindness Without Borders: Open Eyes, Open Hearts in our Global Village

Middle School Essay

1st Place – Dawson Thomas 8th grade “Loving Our Global Neighbors” / Marcia Littlefield – Alton C. Crews MS

2nd Place – Brianna Green  8th grade “Humanity is Kindness” / Marcia Littlefield – Alton C. Crews MS

3rd Place – Brigitte Pinault 8th grade “Our World in Their Hands”/ Sally Stephens – Oglethorpe Charter School

4th Place – Victoria Horbulewicz 8th grade “Giving Kindness” / Marcia Littlefield – Alton C. Crews MS

5th Place – Savannah Sheriff 8th Grade  “Friends Love at Hard Times” / Aimee Park – Dawson County MS

6th Place – Naria Williams 8th grade “A Diverse World” / Sally Stephens – Oglethorpe Charter School

7th Place – Dylan Hughes 8th grade “Just an Eye” / Sally Stephens – Oglethorpe Charter School

8th Place – Zubair Ismail 8th grade “How AKDN Promotes Global Kindness” / Marcia Littlefield – Alton C. Crews MS

9th Place – Noah Stapp 8th grade “The Gift of Kindness” / Aimee Park – Dawson County MS

10th Place – Timothy Mitchell 7th grade “Global Kindness in our Everyday Lives” / Marcia Littlefield – Alton C. Crews

High School Essay

1st Place – Tanner Huff 11th grade “Kindness in Human Nature” / Jo Taylor – George Walton Academy

2nd Place – Hannah Quire 12th grade “We Stand as One” / Woody VanTreek – Lambert High School

3rd Place – Anne Elizabeth Heyse 11th grade “The Carter Center’s Efforts to Combat River Blindness: More Open Eyes” / Tracey Anderson – Lakeside High School

4th Place – Jackson Brown 11th grade “It’s Up to You” / Jo Taylor – George Walton Academy

5th Place – Sharvil Patel 10th grade “The Misnomer of Race and Racism” / Lisa Mills – Columbus High School

6th Place – Charity Conner 11th grade “Even in the Harshest of Places” / Jo Taylor – George Walton Academy

7th Place – Ugushi Ogonor 12th grade “An Act of Kind Charity” / Deanne King – Berkmar High School

8th Place – William Morris 11th grade “Kindness through Civil Rights” / Jo Taylor – George Walton Academy

9th Place – Miriam Goreish 11th grade “No Man is an Island” / Jo Taylor – George Walton Academy

10th Place – Gabrielle Jackson 11th grade “What Can I Do to Create a Global Village?” / Tracey Anderson – Lakeside High School

Middle School Artwork

1st Place – Jenyfer Ojodeagua 8th grade / Linn Zamora – Summerour Middle School

2nd Place – Reagan Owen 8th grade / Katy King – General Ray Davis Middle School

3rd Place – Liran Hu 8th grade / Debra Murphy – Taylor Road Middle School

4th Place – Jacob Hoover 8th grade / Katy King – General Ray Davis Middle School

5th Place – Madeline Chen 6th grade / Helen Panos – Ridgeview Charter Middle School

6th Place – Roberto Franqui 6th grade / Helen Panos – Ridgeview Charter Middle School

7th Place – Lauren Fox 7th grade / Stacy Dockter – Piney Grove Middle School

8th Place – Kelley Lynch 8th grade / Crissie Singleton – Lee Middle School

9th Place – Zoey Thompson 7th grade / Crissie Singleton – Lee Middle School

10th Place – Natalie Roverse 6th grade / Helen Panos – Ridgeview Charter Middle School

High School Artwork

1st Place – Stephanie Tian 10th grade / Kim D’Allen – Lambert High School

2nd Place – Hyunsun Yuh 10th grade / Melinda Hull – Columbus High School

3rd Place – Jessica Choi 12th grade / Debi West – North Gwinnett High School

4th Place – Grace Chong 10th grade / Debi West – North Gwinnett High School

5th Place – Megan Pruitt 11th grade / Yvette Kim – North Gwinnett High School

6th Place – Danielle Mawson 11th grade / Yvette Kim – North Gwinnett High School

7th Place – Gabriela Koyfman 11th grade / Debi West – North Gwinnett High School

8th Place – Trevonne Deveaux 12th grade / Rebecca Pool – South Gwinnett High School

9th Place – Ashleigh Keaney 12th grade / Carisa Griffin – Grayson High School

10th Place – Lauren Carr 10th grade / Debi West – North Gwinnett High School