Three Ligonier Valley High School freshmen — Maria Anto, Betsy King and Katie Betz — won scholarships and a chance to have their art displayed at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh as the prize for winning the Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh’s Waldman International Arts and Creative Writing Contest.
Earlier this school year, through a generous grant given by the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, the entire LVHS freshmen class traveled to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., to explore the artifacts and meet with Holocaust survivor Michel Margosis. Students used this experience as an inspiration for research on topics of their choosing.
As a part of a unit on the memoir “Night” and conducting research in all ninth-grade English classes, students chose between writing traditional research papers or creating art along with shortened research papers. The students who completed the art and research projects had the opportunity to submit their work to the Waldman contest. Anto took first place in short film, King took first place in visual arts and Katie Betz placed third in visual arts.
Winners will receive a $500 scholarship check and their projects will be displayed at the Andy Warhol Museum. Third-place recipients earn a $100 scholarship check and also display their art at the museum.
The awards ceremony will take place at the Andy Warhol Museum on April 19.