Seven from NDP get national art honors

Seven student-artists from Notre Dame earn national honors from prestigious awards competition.

Notre Dame Prep student-artists Destiney Sandle (12), Maria Mora (12), Kyle Conroy (12), Amelia Cumming (10), Thomas Fazio (12), Kathryn Lee (11) and Natalie Lyijynen (11) learned this week that they have earned national recognition in the 2018 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition.

Sandle and Mora received one gold award each and Conroy, Cumming, Fazio, Lee, Lyijynen and Sandle received silver awards from Scholastic, with Fazio and Sandle each getting two silver awards.

Gold award recipients have an opportunity to travel to New York in early summer to be honored at Carnegie Hall.

Earlier this year, NDP students earned a total of 50 regional awards in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition for the Southeastern Michigan region, beating last year's 45 awards for the school, which was a big increase from the 2016 school record of 27 awards.

According to Sandy LewAllen, Notre Dame’s art chair, earning 50 awards tops the number of awards ever won at Notre Dame Prep and is one of the largest groups from any school in the region, including very large public schools such as Stoney Creek and Novi. “I couldn't be any more proud of all of our art students and their efforts,” she said back in January.

About the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
For 92 years, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have fostered the creativity and talent of millions of students through recognition, exhibitions, publications and scholarships. Alumni of the Scholastic Awards have gone on to continue their education at many of the top colleges and universities across the country, including Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Parsons The New School for Design, Carnegie Mellon University, Harvard University and Columbia University. Since its founding, the Awards program has identified the early promise of some of our nation’s most exceptional visionaries, including alumni such as Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Philip Pearlstein, Sylvia Plath and John Updike, all of whom won when they were teens. More recently, Stephen King, Myla Goldberg, Zac Posen and Lena Dunham have become celebrated alumni of the program.

Kathryn Lee, Grade 11, ”I Just Don’t Want To Lose You,” colored pencil, NATIONAL SILVER

Natalie Lyijynen, Grade 11, Auf Wiedersehen, colored pencil, NATIONAL SILVER

Maria Mora, Grade 12, ”The Words That Stain My Face,” Photography, NATIONAL GOLD

Thomas Fazio, grade 12, ”Patriot”, lithography, Silver National

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About Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy
Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy is a private, Catholic, independent, coeducational day school located in Oakland County. Notre Dame's upper school enrolls students in grades nine through twelve and has been named one of the nation's best 50 Catholic high schools (Acton Institute) four times since 2005. Notre Dame's middle and lower schools enroll students in pre-kindergarten through grade eight. All three schools are International Baccalaureate "World Schools." NDPMA is conducted by the Marist Fathers and Brothers and is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States and the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement. For more on Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy, visit the school's home page at