Scholastic Art and Writing Awards honor three Woodburn High School students

COURTESY PHOTO: PAMELA CORRAL - 'October'Pamela Corral, Hanah Thurman and Celeste Rodriguez, students at Woodburn Arts and Communications Academy, have been named recipients of the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

Senior Pamela Corral, student of Jefferson Cook, earned a Gold Medal in photography for a piece entitled "October."

Senior Hanah Thurman, student of Catherine Johnstone, received a Silver Medal in mixed media for "Self Portrait," and junior Celeste Rodriguez, student of Mindy Brooks, received a Silver Medal in poetry for her work entitled "A Collection of Painful Memories."

As a Gold Medal winner, Corral is invited to attend the National Scholastic Award Ceremony on June 7 at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards is the oldest and most prestigious recognition and scholarship program for teenage artists and writers in the United States.

For more information about the awards in Oregon and nationwide go to or

Back in January, it was announced that 47 WACA students had been recognized for their creative work in Scholastic's Willamette Valley regional competition, with 30 Gold Keys, 43 Silver Keys and 68 honorable mentions for their visual art pieces.

Gold Key winners went on to be judged nationally by professional artists in New York, who look at originality, technical skill and personal vision.

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