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HFA: SCS Students Receive 35 Regional Scholastic Art Awards

posted Feb 12, 2018, 10:36 AM by Lisa Kreinbring   [ updated Feb 12, 2018, 10:54 AM ]

Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies (HFA: SCS) middle and high school students received a total of 35 Scholastic Art Awards during a ceremony at the Detroit Institute of Arts’ Detroit Film Theater on February 6, 2018. The total exceeds the number awarded to HFA: SCS in any previous year; it is also more than any other school in Detroit received in 2018.

The 2018 Southeast Michigan Region of the Scholastic Art Awards received 6,439 individual works of art from middle school and high school students and 263 senior portfolios, which were judged in a blind process and selected for Honorable Mentions, Silver and Gold Key Awards, American Vision nominations and Best of Show Portfolios. A total of 307 Gold Keys for individual work and 107 Gold Keys for portfolios will be adjudicated at the national level for Silver and Gold Medals. Last year, Habacuc Bessiake, who was then a senior at HFA: SCS, won a National Gold Medal for his self-portrait that explored the dynamic between anger and calm, which he received during a ceremony at Carnegie Hall.


HFA: SCS invests significant financial and human resources in visual arts education at time when many schools struggle to provide even the most basic program. All students at the tuition-free college prep middle/high school engage in intensive visual art and design coursework, with curriculum and instruction developed in partnership with the College for Creative Studies. Through the guidance of the associated art teachers, Mara Magyarosi-Laytner, Ashley Murawa, and Shelandra Kyles, HFA: SCS students won 34 individual awards in digital art, photography, and design this year, including:

Gold Key

Ronald Black Jr.  - Digital Art

Hope Bryant Photography

Chloe Davis Photography

Aaliyah Hamilton - Photography

Jaida Orange - Photography (4)

Anthony Patterson - Photography (2)

Raymond Underwood - Design, Photography

Silver Key

Di'onn Beatty - Photography

Ronald Black, Jr. - Digital Art

Kyra Burns - Photography

Jacklyn Griffith - Photography

Donny Jackson - Photography

Anthony Patterson - Photography

Dej'Zaria Rivers - Design

Micah Sanders - Digital Art (2)

Raymond Underwood - Photography

Honorable Mention
Bobby Askew - Photography

Noel Barber - Digital Art (2)

Ronald Black, Jr. - Digital Art

Keith Curry - Photography

Mecca Durhal - Photography

Jacklyn Griffith - Photography

Kayla Hill - Photography

Jada McCray - Digital Art

Jaida Orange - Photography

Noel Barber also received a Gold Key for her Senior Art Portfolio, titled “Inner City Blues: The Virus.”  A portfolio is a critical body of work for any student pursuing post-secondary education in a creative field. “To graduate, all HFA: SCS seniors must develop and successfully present a comprehensive art and design portfolio of professional quality to a panel of their instructors and peers, as well as selected CCS faculty,” said Manal Kadry, Art and Design Chair at Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies.

“Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies’ achievements in the 2018 Scholastic Art Awards regional awards is powerful evidence of the work of our students and their teachers. They have dedicated and talented teachers, an intensive visual art and design curriculum, a school-wide culture that values the different ways that people of color have influenced art and design, and learning experiences that introduce them to dynamic careers in which people of color are currently underrepresented,” said Curtis L. Lewis, Ph.D., principal of Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies.

HFA: SCS was founded in 2009 by the College for Creative Studies and Henry Ford Learning Institute with the express dual purpose of providing students with an intense art and design focused experience and equipping them with the academic, social, and creative problem-solving foundation to thrive in post-secondary education and careers of their choice.

About the Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies K-12 District

The Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies K-12 District is comprised of two art & design charter schools serving more than 1,200 students -- Henry Ford Academy: Elementary School (K-5, opened 2012) and Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies Middle/High School (6-12, opened 2009). Both are Thompson Educational Foundation 90/90 schools authorized by Grand Valley State University, governed by Public School Academies of Detroit, and managed by Henry Ford Learning Institute (HFLI), a non-profit that exists to redesign how we learn. Learn more at and

(Photo Credit: Anthony Patterson, Gold Key - Photography)

Media contact:

Lisa Kreinbring                          
Henry Ford Learning Institute or 248-259-4066