Fine Arts @ DGN Mission

North High School endeavors to provide an enriching, vibrant, multidisciplinary environment for the study, creation, and presentation of the Fine Arts.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

DGN Students Earn National Scholastic Art & Writing Honors

NEW YORK, NY – The nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers has announced the national award recipients of the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 7–12. Within the Awards’ 29 categories, which include poetry, photography, sculpture, humor, editorial cartoons, and video game design, a record-breaking 330,000 works of art and writing were submitted for adjudication at the regional level this year. A complete list of the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards national recipients is available at

Four DGN students were honored this year at the national level, placing them in the Top 1% of all adjudicated works.

Evie Brindl, grade 11; Photography: “Jumpman”; National Scholastic Silver Medal in Art  Teacher: Megan Kelly

Caden Faldetta, grade 9; Photography: “Diversified”; National Scholastic Silver Medal in Art    Teacher: Megan Kelly

Audrey Staron, grade 12; Drawing & Illustration: “A Perilous Preservation”; National Scholastic Silver Medal in Art   Teacher: Marty Voelker

Emma Wilson, grade 12; Writing Portfolio: “War Poetry”; National Scholastic Silver Medal in Writing  Teacher: Marty Voelker

i know where i’m from by the
way i say ‘pecan pancakes’
but it’s the kind of menopausal diner
where they can’t understand me.

glass case, bread in baskets
i know where i’m from:
caramel is two syllables.
the drugstore is three: this

waitress and I share
our skin in bottles: a fitzpatrick four,
child of the world.  does this child
of the world buy her nails at CVS?

i do.  i’m telling you:
i can write a poem about race
but it won’t be my own. 
maybe it’s hers, this maybelline

medium indigenous to thirty
degrees above the equator
three-sixty degrees around:
we will be understood. 

where i’m from, the accent
is on the second syllable:
come-on, be gone, pecan.
let’s lean together on the

dessert case,
and only if i don’t feel their
systematic compulsion in my
half-coerced bones, remember:

i share pores
with these pecan pancakes.

- Emma Wilson

Congratulations Evie, Caden, Audrey, and Emma!