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Art and Writing Awards

Posted on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 10:51 am

Recently participants of the 2016 Art and Writing summer camp reunited at the Smoke House. They were joined by families and camp staff to celebrate the program and congratulate two campers whose work was recognized nationally by Scholastic’s Art and Writing awards. Harley Nunley received an honorable mention for her poem “Potato Candy” and Jayden Rogers was recognized for his photograph “A Light in the Soft Dark.”

Last July, ten rising eighth and eleventh graders from across Grundy County participated in a weeklong workshop focused on photography and writing. Students worked with lead teacher Elizabeth Bell, from Grundy County High School, a trained mental health clinician from Yale University, photography experts, and Scholastic employees to create their own visual narrative projects. The goal was to explore how different art forms can serve as powerful methods of self-expression.

The workshop was organized by Discover Together in Tracy City through the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, a program for teens in grades seven through twelve. Since 1923, the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards program has been committed to recognizing “the vision, ingenuity, and talent of our nation’s youth, and provided opportunities for creative teens to be celebrated.” Students can apply in 29 categories of art and writing for a chance to earn scholarships and have their works showcased and published. Last year, teens submitted nearly 320,000 works of visual art and writing to the Scholastic Awards.

Campers look forward to this summer’s Art and Writing workshop, which will take place from July 10-14. New participants are welcome. Interested rising eighth through twelfth graders should email, or call Emily Partin at 931-235-5576 for more information.

Potato Candy

by Harley Nunley

I am from thimbles, from material and thread.

I am from the wood on which we walk,

That supports us when we fall.

I am from the violets on the shelf

whose petals shine purple

and the aloe on the bench

whose stems glow green.

I’m from the campfire, and blue eyes,

from war zones and statues.

I’m from horses and saddles and happiness.

I’m from sit straight, and be proud, and

“Jesus Loves Me.”

I am from reunions and pavilions.

I’m from the necklaces and lace in the cabinet.


I’m from Tennessee and Germany and potato candy,

from family secrets and unforgettable things.