JERRY SHENG, In the Workshop, Photography. Grade 12, The Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, CT.

JERRY SHENG, In the Workshop, Photography. Grade 12, The Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, CT. The Harry and Betty Quadracci Art Portfolio

Completing our showcase of this year’s Gold Medal Portfolio recipients are Jerry Sheng and Vitoria Sana Perez. Jerry decided to explore societal issues and differences by spending several days during his summer break in China taking pictures of Yiwu, the world’s largest small commodities market. Vitoria writes about the shared cultural staples between the two sides of her family using a flowing, sequential narrative in order to facilitate understanding of and between these cultures.

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VAL JETT, Tête-à-Tête, Drawing & Illustration. Grade 12, Atherton High School, Louisville, KY.

VAL JETT, Tête-à-Tête, Drawing & Illustration. Grade 12, Atherton High School, Louisville, KY. The Maurice R. Robinson Fund Art Portfolio

This week, our showcase of the 2020 Gold Medal Portfolio recipients—a prestigious honor that includes a $10,000 scholarship—moves to students Val Jett and Luz Manunga. Val decided to use self-portraits to explore themes of love, beauty, and confidence. Through her writing, Luz has discovered that being true to yourself allows you to be more honest with others and to connect with people no matter the barriers between you.

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ARIANA DIAZ, If Only I Could Float, Photography. Grade 12, Miami Arts Charter School, Miami, FL.

ARIANA DIAZ, If Only I Could Float, Photography. Grade 12, Miami Arts Charter School, Miami, FL. The Harry and Betty Quadracci Art Portfolio

We continue our series on the 2020 Gold Medal Portfolio recipients with artist Ariana Diaz and writer Ayush Noori. Ariana used her photographic portfolio to document her personal experience with a permeating sense of sadness and melancholy. Following the death of his grandmother, Ayush wrote a chronicle of his grandmother’s life in order to confront feelings about mortality, fear, and pain.

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SHI YAN, Beautiful China, Photography. Grade 12, Wichita Collegiate Upper School, Wichita, KS.

SHI YAN, Chinese Plough, Photography. Grade 12, Wichita Collegiate Upper School, Wichita, KS. The Kuehner Family Art Portfolio

In this week’s Gold Medal Portfolio showcase, we’re highlighting students Shi Yan and Jeffrey Liao. Shi shows his appreciation for the rich culture and history of China through a series of pictures that depict the complex culture of farming there. In his writing, Jeffrey addresses his experiences as an Asian-American to unravel his feelings about identity and to grow more confident in who he is.

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JASMINE MASON, Intersection, Painting. Grade 12, Henrico High School Center for the Arts, Richmond, VA. Blick Art Materials & Utrecht Art Supplies Art Portfolio

JASMINE MASON, Intersection, Painting. Grade 12, Henrico High School Center for the Arts, Richmond, VA. Blick Art Materials & Utrecht Art Supplies Art Portfolio

Over the course of the past few weeks, we’ve been highlighting the creative students who achieved the high honor of our Gold Medal Portfolio. This week we shine the spotlight on students Jasmine Mason and Isabella Cho. Jasmine uses her artwork to explore the in-between moments of everyday life when people are simply waiting. Isabella’s writing is focused on how everyday questions of loss, belonging, and cultural identity inform how we as people engage with one another.

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CHARLIE ROUNDS, The Grace of God, Painting. Grade 12, Power APAC, Jackson, MS.

CHARLES ROUNDS, The Grace of God, Painting. Grade 12, Power APAC, Jackson, MS. The Harry and Betty Quadracci Art Portfolio

Next up in our showcase of the 2020 Gold Medal Portfolio recipients are students Charles Rounds and Emory Brinson. Charles uses his artwork to show how religion has affected his views of success and ambition. Emory, through a complex series of elegies, addresses her feelings about love, loss, religion, and cultural identity.

 

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