Two Roosevelt High School students have been invited to New York City after winning national awards for their artwork.

Juniors, Carlee Johnson and Olivia Dondlinger are Gold Medal winners in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

Carlee Johnson won the National Gold Medal award in Mixed Media for her artwork, Of Love and Service, and Olivia Dondlinger won the National Gold Medal in Drawing and Illustration for her artwork, Seeing the Unseen.

Of Love and Service
Seeing the Unseen

According to the Scholastic Awards program, this year alone, students from across America submitted nearly 340,000 original works this year in 29 different categories of art and writing. This puts the two junior girls in the top 1% of all artwork submitted.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. The Alliance is a nonprofit organization, dedicated to identifying students from across the nation with exceptional artistic and literary talent. Winners of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards have a chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited and published. The students’ winning pieces of art have already been sent off to New York City to be displayed in Art.Write.Now.2019 National Exhibition and Student Showcase at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center Parsons School of Design.

Roosevelt High School Art Teacher, Lisa Dresch said, “We have had two other national Scholastic Art Award winners in that past in different years. To have two this year is high achievement that indicates the level of rigor and talent in our high school students in this district.”

Both juniors plan to attend the National Awards Ceremony, which will take place at Carnegie Hall in New York City on Thursday, June 6, 2019.