Student wins national award for 'Curiously Conforming'


Moanalua High School’s Skyler Lawendowski earned a huge honor in the 2012-13 school year, becoming the only Hawaii public school student to be recognized nationally in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for 2013. More than 230,000 works of art and writing from young artists across the country were submitted; only one percent was recognized with national awards.

The award

The award recognizes talented, creative young artists and writers across the nation each year. Skyler won a gold medal in the Hawaii regional competition for her work “Curiously Conforming;” and she received a silver medal nationally, and attended the awards ceremonies at Carnegie Hall on Friday, May 31. The silver medal marks the first national award for Skyler who submitted the following description with her work in the drawing category: “As curious as kittens, they seek, but do not find what they had originally sought after. Rather, they find what has already been found. Overcome this we shall with much needed ingenuity.”

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is the longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teenagers in the U.S., and is the nation’s largest source of scholarships for creative young artists and writers. Past winners have included Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford and Joyce Carol Oates.


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