Two GHS Juniors Win National Art Awards

Two Goshen High School students had their artwork recognized at New York City’s Carnegie Hall recently and then have those pieces displayed in New York for the next two years.

GHS juniors Alyssa Hostetler and Ellie Hathaway have earned medals in the national 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Contest.

Hathaway’s mixed media piece, “Race against Humanity” earned a gold medal award and has been used in multiple regional Scholastic promotional materials.

Ellie Hathaway's gold-winning art piece, "Race Against Humanity"

Ellie Hathaway’s gold-winning art piece, “Race Against Humanity”

Hostetler’s acrylic painting, “Unforgotten” earned her a silver medal in the national contest.

Alyssa Hostetler with her piece "Unforgotten," which won a silver award at the national Scholastic Art & Writing Contest

Alyssa Hostetler with her piece “Unforgotten”

To compete at the national level, both had to first earn top rankings in the regional Scholastic Art & Writing Contest.

Hathaway’s piece came out of a concept she had been thinking about for quite a while, she said. Her concept was that there “is nature in the unnatural and artificiality in the natural.”

Ellie Hathaway, who gold at the national level, with another piece of her artwork

Ellie Hathaway, who gold at the national level, with another piece of her artwork

Hostetler said she approached her award-winning piece in a different way than she usually does for her artwork. She often aims for creating complex pieces, she said, so wanted to try to do something more purely simple. She was inspired by the lyrics of the song “West Coast” by Coconut Records.

Both said they were surprised, but incredibly excited to learn they had placed well at the national level.

Both students are International Baccalaureate (IB) art students.