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March 17, 2020

Notre Dame earns more national honors than any other school in Southeast Michigan from Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Jason Stewart and Amelia Cumming will be heading to Carnegie Hall in June as "National Gold Medal" artists; Claire Brisley earns "National Silver Medal" status.

NDP junior Jason Stewart, who earned a National American Vision Award, is with his family and his award-winning drawing.

Two student-artists from Notre Dame Prep, junior Jason Stewart and senior Amelia Cumming, learned this week that they earned National Gold Medal Awards as part of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition, one of the highest awards given by Scholastic. Past winners of the National Gold Medal Award include Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford and Joyce Carol Oates. Senior Claire Brisley earned a National Silver Medal Award from Scholastic.

"What Looks Back at Me," a graphite drawing by NDP junior Jason Stewart, earned a National Gold Medal and the National American Vision Award.

Stewart won a National Gold Medal for his drawing, "What Looks Back at Me," which also earned the National American Vision Award, the highest honor from Scholastic. Cumming won two National Gold Medals: one as a result of her drawing, "Abovewater III," and the other for the painting, "Miss Transubstantiation." She also earned three National Silver Medal awards.
NDP senior Brisley won her National Silver Medal for her mixed-media piece titled, "Birthday Breakfast Pancakes and Berries." 
The eight national awards represent the most earned by any high school in the Southeast Michigan region.
Stewart and Cumming will be honored at the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards event scheduled for Thursday, June 4, at New York’s Carnegie Hall.
In January, Scholastic announced that 34 Notre Dame Prep student-artists earned a total of 58 awards in its regional competition, the most in school history.
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have an impressive legacy dating back to 1923. Over the years, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have grown to become the longest-running, most prestigious program for creative teens in the U.S., and the nation’s largest source of scholarships for creative young artists and writers. 

Amelia Cumming: Grade 12, Miss Transubstantiation, Painting, National Gold Medal

The process for the art competition begins across the country as young artists and writers in grades 7-12 submit work in 28 categories of art and writing to a network of regional affiliates who present award ceremonies and exhibits for selected works on a local level. Gold Medals, the highest awards, are then submitted from each region for national adjudication by luminaries in the visual and literary arts, some of whom are past award recipients. National Gold and Silver Medal winning students and their teachers receive national recognition, and are invited to attend the exhibit in New York and award ceremony at Carnegie Hall.
In the last five years alone, students submitted nearly 900,000 original works of art and writing. During that period, more than 60 top art institutes and colleges have partnered with the Awards to make $40 million in scholarships and financial aid available to regional and national Scholastic Award winners.

Amelia Cumming, Grade 12, Abovewater III, Chalk Pastels, National Gold Medal


Claire Brisley, Grade 12, Birthday Breakfast Pancakes and Berries, Mixed Media, National Silver Medal


Amelia Cumming, Grade 12, Abovewater I, Chalk Pastels, National Silver Medal


Amelia Cumming, Grade 12, Abovewater II, Chalk Pastels, National Silver Medal


Amelia Cumming: Grade 12, Memory of Nana in Summer, Drawing and Illustration, National Silver Medal


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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 Preparatory 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 school 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

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