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Press Release – June 13, 2012
Northgate High sculptor wins top honors In Kiwanis state-wide arts showcase
Northgate High School student artist Brittany Speaks ended the school year with high honors for her artwork.
The Northgate Junior – a student in teacher Lisa Middei's Sculpture class - won first place overall in the Georgia District Kiwanis Art and Music Showcase for her sculpture titled "He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother.” Speaks was also awarded a $2,500 scholarship by Georgia Kiwanis.
Middei entered Brittany's Sculpture in the local Kiwanis Student Art Show where it took first place in the 11th grade category and won a $75 savings bond. From there all first place winners continued on to the next level in Carrolton where they competed for further scholarship opportunities.
The Georgia District of Kiwanis Showcase was held on Saturday, April 28 at the Carrollton Cultural Arts Center in Carrollton, Georgia. Winners of local Kiwanis Showcases from across the State of Georgia come to compete in the District Showcase each April.
The Georgia District Kiwanis Foundation awards a total of $15,000 in scholarships to the winners, $7,500 each in Art and Music. There were 142 contestants this year, with 116 art entries and 32 musicians. Speaks, of Sharpsburg, was winner of a 1st place Art Scholarship of $2500. Other art winners included Lana Wang of Jones Creek, Best in Show and winner of a $3500 scholarship; Katie Brown of Albany, second place, with a scholarship of $1000; and Jacob Mortensen of Marietta took the 3rd place scholarship of $500.
Georgia District of Kiwanis Governor-elect Charles Hood presented the awards to the winners, along with Jimmy McCorlew, Secretary-Treasurer of the Georgia District Kiwanis Foundation.
Northgate High School student artist Brittany Speaks won first place overall in the Georgia District of Kiwanis Art and Music Showcase for her sculpture, which represented Coweta county at the event. From left to right, above, are Northgate High School Principal Therese Reddekopp, student Brittany Speaks, Sculpture Teacher Lisa Middei.