Lilburn Teen Honored Among the Nation”s Best Artists and Writers

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Henry in New York City

The country”s most talented teens were recently honored at the 88th annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards ceremony at New York City”s Carnegie Hall. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, run by the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, is the oldest and most prestigious national program offering early recognition and scholarships to creative teenagers.

Lilburn resident, Taylor Henry, a 16-year-old student at Providence Christian Academy, has a painting titled “A Certain City With a Certain Name”# included in this year”s award-winning work, which was selected out of more than 185,000 submissions in 29 categories including poetry, humor, novel writing and science fiction as well as painting, sculpture, photography, fashion design, film and animation and video game design.

Nearly 1,500 of the most talented students in grades 7-12, representing 45 states in the U.S., as well as students in American schools abroad, were chosen to receive national medals. Henry was awarded a Silver Medal and is among 50 other Georgia teens to be honored at the ceremony.

“For decades, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have provided early recognition and support for teenagers who have gone on to become some of this country”s most important artists,” said Virginia McEnerney, executive director of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. “This celebration and exhibition not only offer a first glimpse of America”s next generation of artists and writers, but also give the winners themselves a close-up look at the future creative careers awaiting them.”

Some of the distinguished past recipients include Robert Redford, Joyce Carol Oates, Zac Posen, John Lithgow, Andy Warhol, Robert Indiana, Truman Capote, Sylvia Plath, David Salle and Philip Pearlstein who all received awards when they were in high school.

Providence Christian Academy (PCA) Art Teacher Janet Webb will attend the Carnegie Hall Ceremony for the second time in her career. In 2008, Providence Senior Allison Clements won a national Silver Medal in the Scholastic Art Competition.

“PCA has always been very supportive of the Art Program,”# Mrs. Webb states. “Our students go on to do well in collegiate Art Programs as well.”#

Mrs. Webb describes this year”s winner, Taylor Henry, as “a disciplined student”# and “very teachable.”# “He is strong in his faith,”# she remarked, “and a leader in the classroom.”#

Turns out, Henry is also talented on the soccer field. His dad, Todd Henry, has been the boys” soccer coach at PCA since 2002. The varsity boys” team almost had a state championship title this year, but lost out in the finals.

Mrs. Webb says she sees herself in the art classroom as more of a coach than a teacher.

“I encourage, push and get the students to go one more step than they would normally go.”#

Henry will be a senior at Providence Christian Academy this fall.

About Providence Christian Academy
Providence Christian Academy is a K-12 independent, inter-denominational, parent-sponsored school located in Lilburn, Ga. It is the mission of Providence Christian Academy to provide excellence in Christ-centered education as an extension of the Christian home.# For more information about Providence Christian Academy, visit

About The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, founded in 1923, are the longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens and the largest source of scholarships for young artists and writers in the U.S.