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In The Image of a Creative and Imaginative God

This year, our students’ creativity and abilities were recognized as they collectively won 67 awards (an increase from 35 pieces in 2017!) in the Portland Metro Scholastic Art Awards. PCS students won 18 gold keys, 22 silver keys and 27 honorable mentions.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards create an opportunity for the recognition of student artists and writers across the country. Maurice R. Robinson founded the awards in 1923, with a vision “to give those high school students who demonstrate superior talent and achievement in things of the spirit and of the mind at least a fraction of the honors and rewards accorded to their athletic classmates for demonstrating their bodily skills.” (http://www.artandwriting.org/who-we-are/)

How wonderful it is that we are made in the image of such a creative and imaginative God! Our students at Portland Christian reflect this gift of creativity through the stroke of a paintbrush, the lens of a camera, embracing a new role in a play, and using their voices and instruments to create beautiful sound before the Lord.

Gold key winner art pieces are displayed at the Pacific Northwest College of Art through February 23, 2018, https://cal.pnca.edu/e/2316.  Portland Christian has 11 pieces on display together with other artwork from 7th to 12th grade students in the Clackamas, Washington and Multnomah counties. Next month in March, the gold key works will be judged at a national level.  The state of Oregon received the third most Gold Medals at the national level last year.  Four Portland Christian students, last year, received national medal recognition in New York City.  We look forward to more of our PCS artists attaining this honor!

Our students can now call themselves alumni of the Scholastic Art awards, along with other artists and authors like Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Cy Twombly, and Ken Burns. This is an exciting opportunity to celebrate with our students as their abilities are honored through this great achievement! 

Winners by awards:

Gold Key

  • Allison Brist
  • Elijah Chapman (2 pieces)
  • Isobel Espinor
  • Katherine Fakashchuk (3 pieces)
  • Alana Garrett
  • Matthew Griffith (3 pieces)
  • Avery Heidebrecht
  • Giang Huynh
  • Jesse Lortz
  • Jiaxi Luo
  • Skylar Scott (3 pieces)

Silver Key

  • Sarah Asaya
  • Annie Bahr (2 pieces)
  • Jeri Bahr
  • Rachel Baird
  • Allison Brist
  • Ying Chak
  • Elijah Chapman
  • Josie Ernst
  • Katherine Fakashchuk
  • Simone Gordon
  • Rachel Grigorchuk
  • Giang Huynh (2 pieces)
  • Alexandria Johannesen
  • Jesse Lortz
  • Kirk Mazurowski
  • Yukina Miyachi
  • Lydia Mumford (3 pieces)
  • Yahan Xiong

Honorable Mention

  • Karen Aizawa
  • Sarah Asaya (2 pieces)
  • Annie Bahr (4 pieces)
  • Ying Chak
  • Isobel Espinor
  • Madeline Files
  • Beau Griffith
  • Matthew Griffith
  • Rachel Grigorchuk
  • Marissa Hanberg (2 pieces)
  • Avery Heidebrecht
  • Alexandria Johannesen
  • Jesse Lortz
  • Jiaxi Luo
  • Matthew Miller
  • Lydia Mumford (3 pieces)
  • Skylar Scott
  • Taiga Yamasaki
  • Yahan Xiong (2 pieces)
Muchin' - painting by Skylar Scott (grade 11)  
Muchin' - painting by Skylar Scott (grade 11)
 
Morning by Katherine Fakashchuk (gr 11)
Morning by Katherine Fakashchuk (gr 11)
 
 
When the Story Comes Alive - charcoal drawing by Allison Brist (grade 10)  
 
When the Story Comes Alive - charcoal drawing by Allison Brist (grade 10)
 
Exotic Forest - digital art by Avery Heidebrecht (grade 8)
Exotic Forest - digital art by Avery Heidebrecht (grade 8)
 
Otter - ceramic piece by Isobel Espinor (grade 7)
Otter - ceramic piece by Isobel Espinor (grade 7)