Ramakrishnan Highlights Impressive Showing by Berkeley Art Students

Since 1984, Berkeley Preparatory School has claimed hundreds of awards and accolades as part of the regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards hosted annually by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers for grades 7-12. This year was no different for the talented group of fine arts students. In all, 46 Berkeley students were recognized in one or more of 12 award categories in the region. Most notable was Victoria (Tori) Ramakrishnan ’20, who was recognized nationally at the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for her photograph entitled “That’s Amore.” She received a National Gold Medal and an American Visions Medal for Photography, one of only five nominated in our region.

Scholastic shared, “Nearly 340,000 works of art and writing were submitted to the 2019 Scholastic Awards. Her work was selected by some of the foremost leaders in the visual and literary arts for excellence in originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision. Receiving a National Medal places Tori within the top 1% of all submissions.”
 
The competition is widely regarded as the most distinguished of its kind in identifying the country’s top artistic and literary talents. Gold Key awards are considered the very best works submitted to local programs and are automatically considered for national-level recognition. Five works, from across all categories and grades, are selected from those earning Gold Keys as the “Best of Show” for each local program and recognized as American Visions Nominees.
 
Each year, high school students throughout Tampa Bay participate in the program and become a part of an impressive community of young artists and writers, filmmakers and photographers, poets and sculptors, along with countless educators who support and encourage the creative process. Annually, Berkeley ranks among the top schools in the region. Berkeley students won 13 Gold Key Awards, 25 Silver Key Awards, and 45 Honorable Mentions.
 
As a national medalist, Ramakrishnan’s work will be published in the Scholastic Online Galleries and she will be listed in the Scholastic 2019 yearbook. Her work will be on display at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at the Parsons School of Design at the New School and at Pratt Institute’s Pratt Manhattan Gallery in New York City in June. Tori will also be recognized at the National Ceremony at Carnegie Hall on June 6, 2019.
 
GOLD KEYS
  • Max Camuzzi
  • Allison Dil
  • Camila Estrada
  • Rachel Glew
  • Megan Houser
  • Chloe McLeod (2)
  • Isha Patel
  • Alexandra Politowicz
  • Victoria Ramakrishnan
  • Alex Shear
  • Rani Shete
  • Sabrina Vergara
SILVER KEYS
  • Carley Bolles
  • Julia Caterson
  • Heath Chancey
  • Allison Dil
  • Zachary Erickson
  • Carolina Fernandez
  • Giovanna Gibson
  • Taylor Hendry
  • Clara Jergins
  • Makenzy Martin
  • Chloe McLeod (2)
  • Sydney Mercurio
  • Trey Morris
  • Ornella Pigeon
  • Abbey Ramos
  • Ava Raterman
  • Nadia Sadanandan
  • Alexis Scarlett
  • Marissa Streng
  • Maureen Tanner (3)
  • Hope Urbanovsky (2)
HONORABLE MENTIONS
  • Emily Bekesh
  • Josie Behar
  • Carley Bolles
  • Tim Boone
  • Max Camuzzi
  • Zion Carter
  • Julia Caterson
  • Jade Christopher
  • Michaela Cosgriff
  • Allison Dil
  • Zachary Erickson
  • Camila Estrada (2)
  • Giovanna Gibson (2)
  • Rachel Glew
  • Taylor Hendry
  • Graham Johnson
  • Annabel Langley (2)
  • Jake Little
  • Chloe McLeod
  • Trey Morris (2)
  • Ornella Pigeon (2)
  • Alexandra Politowicz (2)
  • Leila Pyrczak
  • Olivia Rabinowitz
  • Victoria Ramakrishnan
  • Ava Raterman
  • Nadia Sadanandan
  • Samir Saeed (2)
  • Elizabeth Sage
  • Shrisha Saravana
  • Alexis Scarlett
  • Mary Schneider (3)
  • Marissa Streng
  • Maureen Tanner
  • Hope Urbanovsky
  • Sabrina Vergara
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