Academy Students Honored by Scholastic

Eleven Interlochen Arts Academy students were honored in the 2011 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. The competition attracted 185,000 submissions in 30 different writing and arts categories. Nearly 1,500 students from 45 states in the U.S., as well as students in American schools abroad, were chosen to receive national medals. Of the eleven Arts Academy students honored, three students received two awards. The award recipients are:

Nicole Acton - junior, silver medal in poetry

Delali Ayivor -  senior, gold medal in poetry

Min Jeong Cho - junior, gold medal in drawing

Kelly Clare* - junior, silver medals poetry and short story

Rebecca Cornwall - senior, arts portfolio silver medal

Sophia Fisher - junior, gold medal in poetry

Justine Jaffe* - senior, gold medals in poetry and silver writing portfolio medal

Jeff Kasanoff - senior, gold medal in film

Danielle Katz - senior, silver medal in mixed media

Jessica Loper - senior, American Visions Medal in sculpture

Mihyun Ryu* - junior, gold medals in mixed media and sculpture

*Received multiple awards 

The student works were first adjudicated locally and then nationally by panels of judges comprised of renowned artists, authors, educators and arts professionals. The works were judged on originality, technical skill, and the emergence of personal vision or voice. The nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, which administers the awards, will honor national winners at a special ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City on May 31. 

A Milestone Honor for the Motion Picture Arts program 
While students from the motion picture arts program have received a variety awards, senior Jeff Kasanoff took home the first national Scholastic Gold Medal for the five year-old program. He was recognized for his film, “Sarah” about a teenager who is unable to say goodbye to his lifelong imaginary friend. After receiving the award, Jeff was quick to share credit with the many actors and musicians who performed and composed original music for his short film. “What I love about Interlochen is that I have a chance to work with people who are strong in areas where I am not as strong, like music or acting,” said Jeff. “At home, I would have been on my own. And even when I go to college, it will probably be a long time before I can work with such a wide range of talents.” Jeff’s award-winning film can be viewed below.