Scholastic honors FMHS senior for her self portrait
Alyssa White might become an artist. She might not. Either way, she loves what she does.
White, a senior at Fruita Monument High School, was awarded a pin in the national Scholastic Art & Writing awards competition in March. The competition was open to graduating high school seniors.
Seventeen Colorado seniors receive national awards from Scholastic, the global publishing, media and education company founded in 1923. White, 18, was the only senior from the Western Slope to win a national award, according to Scholastic.
The firm has staged the Art & Writing awards for the past 87 years as a way to give creative high school seniors a chance to showcase artwork or writing. Winning students are eligible to receive college scholarships and other prizes.
White didn’t win a college scholarship, but she was honored to receive any recognition at all, she said.
Her Silver Key designation was only one step off the Gold Key designation, which was the highest honor Scholastic gave.
White was recognized for her stylized self-portrait painted with acrylics. It was one of eight pieces she submitted to Scholastic as part of a portfolio highlighting her painting, drawing and sculpting ability.
“My teacher told me it was the first time someone had won on the Western Slope in 12 years,” White said.
White’s art teacher at Fruita Monument is Tammie Widhammer, who encouraged White to submit her portfolio to Scholastic.
White’s ability to create both two-dimensional and three-dimensional art is an impressive skill for a high school art student, Widhammer said.
As part of her award, White has been invited to a June 9 gala ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City. She wants to attend and will raise the money needed to go, she said.
“I’ve never been to New York City before,” White said.
After the ceremony, White will prepare for her freshman year of college at Colorado State University.
“I’m going to minor in art, but I don’t know what I want to do,” White said.