by Olivia Byrnes and Jillian Risavi
Editors of Production and Promotion
Two Jamesville-DeWitt High School students have been recently honored for their artistic excellence. Senior Rebecca Shen received an architecture scholarship for Washington University in St. Louis, and senior Jack Davis’s art portfolio was recognized on a national level.
Rebecca Shen has been recognized for her art since freshman year at J-DHS, and now she gets to continue to pursue her talent at WashU. Shen applied for the Fitzgibbons Scholarship, a scholarship that awards five applicants $6,000 scholarships and one applicant a full tuition scholarship. “When you apply they ask you if you want to apply for scholarships too, so I saw this one and decided to apply,” said Shen.
After the application process, the six finalists were invited to the university, where they spent two nights on campus and were interviewed by the Fitzgibbons scholarship award board members. Shen was awarded one of the $6,000 scholarships and was then given more merit scholarship based on her financial needs. “I’m really excited because all my scholarships together made me decide on WashU, which is good for me because it was my top choice. So I feel really lucky that my top school also gave me the most money,” said Shen.
Like Shen, Davis was also recognized for his artistic talents on a national level. His portfolio first one a Gold Key in the Central New York Scholastic Art Show, and then it was moved to the National Level. Davis again won a gold key for his portfolio and two of his drawings were then displayed in Carnegie Hall in New York City. “It felt really good to be recognized on such a high level and I’m proud that my hard work paid off ” said Davis. Davis will be continuing his art career at University of Maryland where he will be majoring in architecture.
Davis and Shen’s talents will be missed next year from J-DHS, but the community wishes them the best of luck as they continue their art careers at the next level.