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PSHS student wins two national art awards


Plainfield South High School 2019 graduate Emma Jones recently earned national recognition from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for her artwork.

Jones is one of five students nationwide who won a New York Life Scholarship gold medal. She also received an American Visions Gold Medal. Jones won the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards medals for her colored pencil artwork titled “Water” and “Suffocation.”

She also earned a $1,000 scholarship and attended the National Ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York on June 6, 2019 with her family.

Jones’ colored pencil drawings were chosen from almost 340,000 works of art and writing submitted.

Jones thought it was a mistake, when she received the email stating she won.

“I couldn’t believe it,” she said. “It felt great to be noticed, it was really cool.”

Jones remembers she always liked drawing but didn’t get serious about it until middle and high school.

Denise Albright, Jones’ art teacher at PSHS, also attended the ceremony in New York. Jones is the first PSHS student to win two national awards in one year, she said.

“We have had amazing talent (at PSHS), but she really pushes boundaries in her art,” Albright said.

Albright began teaching Jones her sophomore year. It was then that they began talking about advancing to the Scholastic contest in New York, Albright said.

“I told her we were going to New York,” Albright said. “It was always an end goal.”

Jones plans to attend the Savannah College for Art and Design in Georgia this fall.

Jones is the fourth PSHS student to win a national award and the first since 2012, Albright said.