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Awards Ceremony Of 2013 – 2014 Art & Essay Contest


A glamorous award ceremony was held on Saturday, March 15 to congratulate our annual Arts & Essay Contest award winners. The ceremony took place at the Student Activity Center Ballroom on the campus of Clayton State University. The event started with a reception at 12:00 PM followed by the awards ceremony at 1:00 PM.

In addition the winning students and their families, many distinguished guests joined us to honor the winners of the year. After our President & CEO Turan Kilic’s speech, Clayton State University President TIm Hynes made the keynote speech, also Honorary Consulate of Hungary John Parkerson welcomed the guests on behalf of the Atlantic Institute’s Advisory Board.

Since its inception in 2006, the Arts & Essay Contest has included middle school and high school students across four Southeastern states (Georgia, Alabama, Florida and South Carolina) who submit an art or essay work based on an annual theme. For this year’s contest, whose theme is ” Connecting Cultures in the Digital Age: How does social media change the future of our world?” We have received hundreds of entries in both categories. The winners within each category along with their sponsoring teacher will be granted a place in our intercultural trip to Turkey.

Congratulations again to everyone who submitted their work and effort to this contest!

Looking forward to see you all at next year’s event!

Here is the list of winners of the 2014 contest and pictures from award ceremony:

Middle School Essay Category

1 Erica Jae Young Hong Riverwatch Middle School sponsoring teacher Kim Geralds 2 Georgia Cecile Wheeler Alton C. Crews Middle School sponsoring teacher Marcia Littlefield 3 Nadia Karoline Yanasak Fulton Science Academy Private sponsoring teacher Michelle Campbell 4 Vi Tuong Dao Alton C. Crews Middle School sponsoring teacher Marcia Littlefield 5 Brian Alexander Shoffeitt Fulton Science Academy Private sponsoring teacher Shelley Pruett 6 Melanie Levi Piney Grove Middle School sponsoring teacher Aimee Park 7 Philena L Yang Alton C. Crews Middle School sponsoring teacher Marcia Littlefield 8 Alexandra Huong Chiang Piney Grove Middle School sponsoring teacher Sarah Whitfield 9 Madison Emily Gibson Piney Grove Middle School sponsoring teacher Aimee Park 10 Jyothika De Alton C. Crews Middle School sponsoring teacher Marcia Littlefield High School Essay Category

1 George Samaras North Oconee High School sponsoring teacher Jenny White 2 Grant Nicholas Miller Roswell High School sponsoring teacher Samira Bregeth 3 Pooja Prabakaran Columbus High School sponsoring teacher Hope Boswell 4 Cameron Zabko Roswell High School sponsoring teacher Joel McElvaney 5 Noah Beene Broadway Roswell High School sponsoring teacher Samira Bregeth 6 Chuanbo Pan North Oconee High School sponsoring teacher Marie Saxon 7 Aatika Hussain Shah Northgate High School sponsoring teacher Lisa Smith 8 Ranjani Mari Sundaresan Alpharetta High School sponsoring teacher Michelle Andrews 9 Oran Jenay Delphin Roswell High School sponsoring teacher Samira Bregeth 10 Margot Lyons McCrillis Columbus High School sponsoring teacher Shannon Williamson High School Art Category

1 Noah Raffaello Benson Grigni Decatur High School sponsoring teacher Wendy Keith-Ott 2 Ian Peng North Gwinnett High School sponsoring teacher Debi West 3 Olivia Caroline Blackmon Westside High School sponsoring teacher Debra Katcoff 4 Jacob Wade North Gwinnett High School sponsoring teacher Debi West 5 Rebecca Rongbo Wang Davidson Fine Arts sponsoring teacher Dawn Moore 6 Stephanie Tian Lambert High School sponsoring teacher Ashley Young 7 Marni Annalee Roberts Lassiter High School sponsoring teacher Suzette Spinelli 8 Lanika Carrletta Morgan Mundy’s Mill High School sponsoring teacher Carla Ballard 9 Shelesa Seay Northgate High School sponsoring teacher Erin Teets 10 Jenna Elizabeth Scott North Gwinnett High School sponsoring teacher Debi West Middle School Art Category

1 Eric Wei Yao Piney Grove Middle School sponsoring teacher Aimee Park 2 Miriam Ortiz Summerour Middle School sponsoring teacher Linn Zamora 3 Julia Helen Draeger Chamblee Middle School sponsoring teacher Margaret Newton 4 India Grahm General Ray Davis MS sponsoring teacher Katy King 5 Christina Mone’ Griffin General Ray Davis MS sponsoring teacher Katy King 6 Erin Leah Kistenberg Chamblee Middle School sponsoring teacher Margaret Newton 7 Raegan Marie Owen General Ray Davis MS sponsoring teacher Katy King 8 Liran Hu Summerour Middle School sponsoring teacher Linn Zamora 9 Jonas Chan Alton C. Crew MS sponsoring teacher Anna Murphy 10 Kalil Shariff Khan Chamblee Middle School sponsoring teacher Margaret Newton

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