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Two Power APAC Students Receive National Awards

Alauran Allan Ice Cream Truck Moriah Roland Night Out
Alauren Allen, grade 10 Ice Cream Truck Moriah Roland, grade 9 Night Out

Power APAC students Moriah Roland and Alauran Allen received Gold Medallions in recognition of their outstanding work at the Scholastics National Awards Presentation and Celebration in New York City. Roland also was recognized as an American Visions Award Winner. This awards presentation was held on June 7 at Carnegie Hall in Midtown Manhattan.

Allen’s “Ice Cream Truck” and Roland’s “Night Out” were part of the Art.Write.Now.2018 National Exhibition from June 1-10. Featuring more than 1,000 works from students nationwide in grades 7-12, the exhibition spanned two galleries in New York City—The Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons School of Design and Pratt Institute's Pratt Manhattan Gallery.

As an American Visions winner, Roland’s artwork is featured in the 2018 Scholastics National Catalog.  The American Vision Award is for the artists who present the best work for each region. Mississippi is in the Southeast region. This is considered the “Best in Show” award that for works that most exemplify originality, technical skill and the emergence of a personal vision.

Notably, "Night Out" was a winner in the "What Freedom Means To Me" art competition and was also featured at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati.

Gregory Miller, Chairman of the Board, and Virginia McEnerney, Executive Director wrote, "Artists don't spring to life as fully formed adults. Instead, they grow through formative experiences. Important introductions, and ample resources. For nearly a century these opportunities are exactly what the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards have provided for countless creative young people. We firmly believe in the transformative experience that is the hallmark of the Awards."