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JHop artists win Scholastic honors


JHT Staff Writer

     John Hopkins Middle School is being recognized as a hub for young aspiring artists in Pinellas County. Twelve J. Hop students earned spots for their artwork in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards ceremony and exhibition in February.

     The prestigious award show selects and displays pieces of art and writing submitted by students in both middle and high school, with a chance of having their work displayed in New York, along with earning scholarships.

     With the inclusion of 17 pieces of art, J. Hop had the most number of pieces selected throughout Pinellas County. The 12 students awarded with a place in the show include six eighth-graders and six seventh-graders.

     The five students selected to receive a gold key, the highest honor at the award ceremony, were Tobi Tinnaro, Amelia Beatty, Ocean Connors, Sara Thornley, and Savannah Smith. The students selected for silver key, or second place, were Queen Gillins and Alysha James. The students selected as honorable mentions were Annabelle Cannon, Sophia Weaver, Aimee Olson, Hanah Snyder, and Emi Santos.

     The Pinellas Art Region Scholastic Art & Writing Awards ceremony will take place February 15 at Gibbs High School Grand Theatre. The winning artwork will be on display in the Gibbs High School Lobby Gallery from February 2 through February 25.