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JBS sophomore Channing Everidge received a prestigious award for her short story, “Legacy,” in the 2011 Scholastic Art and Writing Competition. Channing’s award shows special talent as her entry was part of a Region-at-Large competition that included Alabama, Arkansas, Washington, DC, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. Kentucky students submitted over 4,000 entries. Only the top 40 from KY received an award and Channing’s was chosen to be one of them. 

Channing stated, “It is an honor to receive the award.” After working on her short story this past year, she said, “It was an unexpected honor.” Channing is excited about how her hard work has paid off in the areas of writing and art.  She is ecstatic that she can be named among these esteemed writers.

The Scholastic Art and Writing competition has recognized some of America’s most celebrated artists while they were teenagers, including Andy Warhol, Richard Avedon, Cy Twombly, Robert Indiana, Kay WalkingStick, Philip Pearlstein, and John Baldessari. Judging was completed in mid-February, and all Gold Key work was reviewed on the national levels by panels of artists, writers, and creative professionals. Channing’s award ranked as an Honorable Mention, which is categorized as “a piece that has tremendous creative promise and places students in the top 20% of their region.”

Channing’s interest and art have also taken her to the Kentucky State Fair in 2010 where she won 1st place in acrylics with a piece entitled, “Winter Innocence.” She was also part of the Interlochen Center of the Arts Camp where young artists from around the world gather to learn, create, and perform alongside leading artists and instructors. In addition to literature and art, Channing is very interested in Asian studies and is currently learning Japanese. JBS is excited about having a wonderful array of students, like Channing, with diverse interests in the arts. Channing continues to use her art and writing skills, and former instructor Karen Bailey says, “I will not be surprised where we will hear Channing’s name over the years to come. She is a talented young lady.”