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HFA: SCS Receives Highest Number of Regional Scholastic Art Awards of Any School in Detroit

posted Feb 23, 2015, 2:34 PM by Lisa Kreinbring   [ updated Feb 24, 2015, 12:34 PM ]
Art & Design Middle/High School Students Win a Total of 33 Awards in 2015 Regional Program

DETROIT, February 24, 2015 –Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies (HFA: SCS) middle and high school students received 33 regional Scholastic Art Awards during an award ceremony at the Detroit Institute of Arts’ Detroit Film Theater on February 11, 2015. This year, HFA: SCS won the most awards of any school in Detroit. Also presented at the ceremony were 2014 national silver medals won by Joshua Williams for his portrait “Synobia” and graduate Joshua Rainer for his painting “Peach and Avocado,” and a national educator medal to HFA: SCS art instructor Manal Kadry.

The Southeastern Michigan Region of the Scholastic Art Awards received 6,231 individual works of art from middle school and high school students and 250 senior portfolios, which were then judged in a blind process and selected for Honorable Mentions, Silver and Gold Key Awards, American Vision nominations, and Best of Show Portfolios. Gold Key work is automatically submitted for national adjudication.

At a time when many schools have cut visual arts programs, all students at HFA: SCS, a tuition-free open enrollment middle/high school, engage in intensive art and design course work daily with curriculum and instruction developed in partnership with the College for Creative Studies. All seven HFA: SCS visual art teachers supported students who won a 2015 Gold Key, Silver Key or Honorable Mention.

HFA: SCS students’ 33 individual awards include nine Gold Keys, 11 Silver Keys and 13 Honorable Mentions. The awards are spread across six different categories, including Sculpture, Drawing and Illustration, Digital Art, Comic Art, Photography, Mixed Media and Design:

Gary Brister- Gold Key / Sculpture

Joshua Butler-Silver Key / Drawing

Damon Chamblis- Gold Key / Digital Art, Silver Key / Digital Art, Two Honorable Mentions / Digital

Naomi Cook- Silver Key / Comic Art, Honorable Mention / Drawing and Illustration

Rachel Fernandez- Two Gold Keys / Photography

Nia McKanders-  Two Gold Keys / Drawing and Illustration, Honorable Mention / Mixed Media

Asia Montgomery- Honorable Mention / Drawing and Illustration

Omari Norman- Silver Key / Photography

Morgan Parker-  Honorable Mention / Design

Daniel Smith- Honorable Mention / Drawing, Honorable Mention / Comic Art

Branden Turner- Silver Key / Digital Art

Jaylen Tate Lucas- Gold Key / Drawing and Illustration, Two Silver Keys / Digital Art, Honorable Mention / Digital Art

Laura Vance- Honorable Mention / Design

Kayla Watki

ns- Honorable Mention / Drawing and Illustration

Joshua Williams- Two Gold Keys/ Drawing and Illustration, Four Silver Keys / Drawing and Illustration, Honorable Mention / Digital Art

Quemani Williams- Honorable Mention/ Design

“We are proud of our HFA: SCS 2015 regional Scholastic Art Award winners and their dedicated teachers. By attracting and developing our city’s top young art and design talent, and preparing them for post-secondary education opportunities and dynamic careers, HFA: SCS is an important element of the College’s mission to develop leaders in creative professions that shape society and advance economic growth,” said Richard L. Rogers, president of the College for Creative Studies and chairman of the school’s management board.

Artwork from the Southeastern Michigan Region of the Scholastic Art Awards will be exhibited through Friday, March 6, 2015 in the College for Creative Studies Walter B. Ford II Building on the Ford Campus. 

About Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies (HFA: SCS)

Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies is a public charter middle/high school in Detroit opened in 2009 as a partnership between Henry Ford Learning Institute and the College for Creative Studies with support from the Thompson Educational Foundation. The school is located inside the CCS A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education, providing nearly 840 middle and high school students in Detroit with the unique opportunity to attend school on a college campus. One hundred percent of graduates in the Class of 2014 were accepted to a two or four-year college or university. HFA: SCS is part of the Thompson Foundation’s more than $120 million investment in Public School Academies of Detroit (PSAD), which is serving more than 4,500 students during the 2014-2015 school year. They include students at Henry Ford Academy: Elementary School, University Preparatory Academy Schools, and University Prep Science + Math Schools, which are all located within the City of Detroit. All PSAD schools, which are authorized to operate by Grand Valley State University, share a commitment to providing an educational program that graduates at least 90 percent of ninth-grade students and sends at least 90 percent of graduates to college. For more information, visit


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Lisa Kreinbring,
Feb 24, 2015, 12:37 PM