Frenship High School Art Students Win Big at Competitions

Heidi Scholz, a senior at Frenship High School, is once again headed to New York City for the National Scholastic Art and Writing competition. Out of more than 340,000 entries nationwide, both of Heidi’s pieces were awarded a Gold and Silver Key Medal and will be displayed in NYC at Carnegie Hall this summer.

This is Heidi’s second year to go to nationals, which, according to Art teacher David Echols, is an extremely difficult feat to accomplish. “It’s pretty rare that someone gets in two years in a row,” Echols said. “She shares this honorable distinction with greats such as Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Robert Redford, Ken Burns and more.”

Heidi said she was shocked to receive the award because out of more than 300,000 pieces, only 200 move on to nationals. “I wasn’t expecting it at all,” Scholz said. “I received the Scholastic’s email saying I won the award and immediately called my mom to share the excitement.”

Echols said Heidi put in a lot of time and effort to create these pieces, and the one that took her the least amount of time ended up being the piece that won the highest honor. “The piece that won a Gold Key was so easy and not strenuous at all,” Echols said. “I think she learned that sometimes rainbows come from strange places.” Heidi’s Silver Key piece eventually came together after recreating it for the ninth time.

Haley Mimms, another Senior Art student, recently competed in the Texas Tech University 150 Art Competition and brought home two awards as well. Her drawing piece placed 2nd place and her ceramic project received an Honorable Mention. Her pieces competed against hundreds submitted from every area high school within a 150 mile radius of TTU.

Haley said she was surprised to find out that she placed in the competition and was so glad she stuck with her project after not having it be recognized in previous competitions.

“I was shocked and very, very happy,” Mimms said. “My drawing piece entered in two other competitions and received overall good ratings, but to finally have it recognized made me so ecstatic!”

Haley also said she was glad her ceramics piece was recognized because projects in the ceramic category rarely get noticed.

David Echols, Mimms Art teacher, said he was proud of her for sticking with her talents despite some set-backs. “She just did a really good job at being persistent and patient,” Echols said. “She had a lot of failures and set-backs, but she kept with it and ended up creating a really cool piece.”

Congratulations to these two art students, and best of luck in your next competitions!