Bronxville Union Free School District

Three Students Earn Tops Honors at Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

Three Bronxville High School students earned top honors when they received Northeast Regional Honorable Mention at the prestigious Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Presented by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, the awards program identifies students with exceptional artistic and literary talents.

Carlie Hoffer, Georgia Lazaroni and Hiroko Mitsui were each recognized for their work, which stood out among entries from thousands of students nationwide. Bronxville art teacher Nicole Schorr said she suggested her students enter the awards program for a chance to have their hard work and talent recognized by experts in the field.

“I’m so proud of my students,” Schorr said. “I wanted to create an opportunity for them to have their work reviewed by esteemed judges and receive their feedback, which gives the student-artists insight into their own works. These three students share a natural ability and passion for art.”

Hoffer received honorable mention for her painting “Sun Radiating Through Fall Trees,” created with chalk pastel and watercolor. “Carlie is a very focused artist with an uncanny ability to create tremendous texture and mark-making effortlessly,” Schorr said of her student. “Her artworks can be likened to investigations, her textural landscape focused on the subtleties of color and direction of light through trees.”

Lazaroni received honorable mention for her oil pastel landscape titled “Northbound.” She has a natural looseness to her work,” Schorr said. “She has a rich, natural drawing style that allows for a variety of line quality and movement. It seems very second nature to her.”

Mitsui received honorable mention for “Lunar Highway,” a colored pencil drawing. “She has a beautiful exactness and precision to her work,” Schorr said. “She has a strong aesthetic and an intuitive understanding of color and design.”

Mitsui’s work was displayed in Bronxville High School's rotunda, while Hoffer’s work was part of the Young Artists Exhibition at the Katonah Museum of Art.

More than 320,000 students entered the Northeast Region-at-Large competition. Only 10 percent of entrants received honorable mention, 8 percent Silver Key Awards and 5 percent Gold Keys.