Roosevelt Juniors Nab National Art Awards


Two artists from Roosevelt High School are shipping their pieces off to New York City after winning major awards. Juniors Carlee Johnson and Olivia Dondlinger are national gold medal winners in the 2019 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. 

These two juniors are sketching out bright futures after winning national awards. 

I never thought that I would actually win anything because art is just kind of a hobby for me. I’m more of a medical student than art. It actually was a big shocker to me as well, Johnson said. 

Johnson is picking up a gold medal for this mixed media piece honoring her father’s military service. 

I took all of his 1980s Marine Corps memories, Johnson said. All of his old-fashioned money which is on one side of the canvas. We photocopied it and it’s his and my grandpa’s foreign money.

You can also see the U.S.S. Iowa in the background. It’s the ship her dad served on. 

Olivia Dondlinger’s artwork titled Seeing The Unseen is also claiming a top prize in the drawing and illustration category. 

Little red-faced. My teacher was a little concerned on what was happening. I was pretty excited, Dondlinger said. 

Olivia has been diagnosed with a unique eye disease, but she’s not letting that hold her back from doing what she loves.

I’ve always been told that since I don’t have very good vision that you’re not going to be able to do that stuff, Dondlinger said. 

She has a little advice for anyone with brick walls keeping them from following their passions. 

You know, don’t let it stop you. Just keep going. You can do anything you put your mind to, Dondlinger said.

The national award ceremony is scheduled for June 5-7 in New York City. 

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