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Press Release & Slideshow: HFA: SCS Students Receive 21 Regional Scholastic Art Awards

posted Feb 17, 2014, 8:41 AM by Lisa Kreinbring   [ updated Feb 17, 2014, 9:23 AM ]

HFA: SCS 2014 Scholastic Awards

Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies (HFA: SCS) middle and high school students received 21 regional Scholastic Art Awards during an award ceremony at the Detroit Institute of Arts’ Detroit Film Theater on February 12, 2014. In addition to earning a significant total number of awards, for the first time an HFA: SCS student has also attained the highest regional award and will represent the school on the national level.

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The Southeastern Michigan Region of the Scholastic Art Awards received more than 5,500 individual works of art from middle school and high school students and 291 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.

Joshua Rainer, 12th grade, is one of five young area artists who will represent the region on the national level as American Vision nominees, chosen as “Best of Show” from all of the artwork entered in this year’s Southeastern Michigan regional competition. Each regional program across the country selects the five most outstanding works of art from their Gold Key recipients. These five young artists represent the region on the national level as American Vision nominees. A national panel selects one of the nominated works from each region as the American Vision Award Recipient for 2014. Each of these selected artists will receive a gold medal at the national ceremony held in New York City, NY.

At a time when many schools have cut visual arts programs, all students at the tuition-free college prep middle/high school engage in intensive art and design course work, with curriculum and instruction developed in partnership with the College for Creative Studies. HFA: SCS students won eighteen individual awards in a range of media categories, including:

Gold Key

John Griffith - Painting
Mark Hall - Photography
Deja Jones - Fashion (2)
Joshua Rainer - Painting (3)
Jaylen Tate-Lucas - Mixed Media
Joshua Williams - Drawing

Silver Key
Rachel Fernandez - Photography
Mark Hall - Photography (2)
Franchesca Lamarre - Fashion
Morgan Parker - Photography
Joshua Rainer - Painting

Honorable Mention

Naomi Cook - Painting
Deja Jones - Fashion
Joshua Williams - Drawing

Franchesca Lamarre and Joshua Rainer also received Gold Keys for their Senior Art Portfolios, which are 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 HFA: SCS 12th grade art instructor Stephen Kade, whom Rainer credits for supporting the development of his American Vision nominee painting, “Mona.”

“We are proud of our HFA: SCS 2014 Scholastic regional award winners and their dedicated teachers. As the premiere college prep Detroit middle/high school preparing Detroit youth for post-secondary education opportunities and dynamic careers, including those in art and design, HFA: SCS is an important element of the College’s mission to bolster the global creative economy,” said Richard L. Rogers, president of the College for Creative Studies and chairman of the school’s management board.

HFA: SCS students are award winners in a number of other art and design competitive programs. This month, two HFA: SCS high school students and one of their art teachers were winners in the 2014 “McDonald’s Celebrates Black History Moments on Canvas” art contest; Joshua Williams’ portrait took the $2,000 top prize. In November, Naomi Cook, 8th grade, won the 2013 Skillman Foundation Float Design Competition; her winning design was transformed into a float that traveled through Detroit streets in America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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

Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies is the 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 more than 800 middle and high school students in Detroit with the unique opportunity to attend school on a college campus. HFA: SCS is part of the Thompson Foundation’s more than $130 million investment in Public School Academies of Detroit (PSAD), which is serving more than 4,400 students during the 2013-2014 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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Contact: Lisa Kreinbring
Henry Ford Learning Institute or 248-259-4066
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Feb 17, 2014, 9:22 AM