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19 Students Awarded Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Cincinnati Country Day School is proud to announce that 19 Upper School students have been named Scholastic Arts Award winners, including national silver medal winner, Krithika Dama '22.  

Five students have been awarded Gold Keys, including Krithika. Pieces that win the Gold Key are automatically considered for national awards, medals, and even scholarships. The pieces submitted are judged on originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.  

Scholastic Winners

from left to right: Caroline, Ellie, Oliver, Sydney, Shay

Gold Key Award 

  • Krithika Dama '22 – silver medal winner 
  • Pooja Kantemneni ‘22 
  • Shay Kinebrew '24 
  • Alex Riemann '24 
  • Irene Wang ‘22 

Silver Key Award 

  • Ellie Barlow '23 
  • Jordis Martin '24 

Honorable Mention Award 

  • Hayden Bortz (2 awards) ‘22 
  • Sydney Bortz ‘23 
  • Oliver Folan ‘22 
  • Sarah Fu ‘25 
  • Jordis Martin ‘24 
  • Sam Nitzberg ‘22 
  • Will Schiff ‘24 
  • Colin Ray ‘24 
  • Caroline Van Landuyt ‘23 
  • Alexia Vegas-Lander ‘23 
  • Irene Wang (2 awards) ‘22 
  • Katie Wang ‘24 

Less than 2,000 works received a national medal, which places Krithika in the top 1% of all submissions. Her winning image represents a piece from Krithika's AP sustained investigation on internalized cultural racism.  

Since 1923, the Scholastic Arts Awards has celebrated teen artists from across the country. Krithika joins the legacy of notable Scholastic Arts Awards alumni, including Stephen King, Kay WalkingStick, Charles White, Joyce Carol Oates, Andy Warhol, and Richard Avedon.  

"Country Day is incredibly proud of Krithika's accomplishment in earning national recognition and of how she has used her art to explore and express her identity," said Head of Upper School Jenn Weinheimer. "In addition to the vulnerability of this work, her refined technique demonstrates her confidence and skill. Krithika is a quiet – but never a timid – student; her academic accomplishments in AP Spanish, AP calculus, honors physics, and many other courses demonstrate her pursuit of excellence and her unique passions." 
More than 100,000 students submitted more than 260,000 works of art for the 2022 Scholastic Awards. The work is selected by some of the foremost leaders in the visual arts for excellence in originality, technical skills, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.