After countless hours of hard work and dedication to creating art, SPP student, Hee Soo was recognized as a National Scholastic Gold Key Artist on June 1st in New York City. Just a junior at St. Paul Preparatory school, Hee Soo’s artwork gained state recognition at the state competition winning three gold keys, one silver key and one honorable mention. From there, her gold key artwork advanced onto nationals where one of her pieces was selected to win the national gold key award. The national awards dates back to 1923 with noteworthy roster of past winners including Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Richard Avedon, and Robert Redford. On May 31st Hee Soo and Ms. Woolever flew out to New York City to attend a weekend of events and ceremonies.
We were warmly greeted by the gold glow of the empire state building as it was lit in gold to honor the National Gold Key Artists for the weekend. Truly the city that never sleeps, we found ourselves falling into the same pattern: racing from artist talks, workshops, and art galleries then squeezing any extra time in for sightseeing. We were exhausted by the end of the day. We also took part in college visits at the Fashion Institute of Technology and Parsons New School of Design, though part of Parsons was closed to film the show Project Runway, which was also exciting!
The awards ceremony at Carnegie Hall was a big highlight! Walking into such a historical building was amazing and to top it off I looked up at the stage and there was Hee Soo’s colored pencil drawing blown up on a big screen for all to see. I have never been more proud! As if our energy wasn’t bursting enough, the guest speaker for the night was actress Meryl Streep. The night was filled with cheers, new friendships and reflection.
To end our extraordinary time in New York City, we attended the Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. The play was outstanding and to make it even better, we ran into musician Aretha Franklyn as we were exiting.
Both Hee Soo and I wanted to say thank you to everyone who made this trip possible for us! We both agree it was the trip of a lifetime and we are so thankful for all we have learned, friends we made and experiences we will never forget. Thank you so much St. Paul Preparatory!