Two Viewpoint Students Win Top Honors at Carnegie Hall
On June 4, 2009, National Scholastic Art & Writing Award winners Star Sage (’10 of Tarzana) and Jordan Sitzer (’13 of Sherman Oaks), as well as Viewpoint’s photography teacher Mr. Charles Sitzer, were honored at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Star won a Gold Medal for her photograph “Mr. and Mr.,” and Jordan won a Silver Medal for his poem “A Place And Time.” This year, the Alliance For Young Artists & Writers also honored the teachers of the award-winning students. As Star’s photography teacher and Jordan’s father, Mr. Sitzer was particularly delighted to attend.
“The Scholastic Art And Writing Ceremony at Carnegie Hall was a uniquely-shared experience,” said Mr. Sitzer. “I’m so very proud of Star and her accomplishment, and so pleased that her family could be there to share this honor with her.?I am also so proud and touched that my son, Jordan, was recognized for his writing, and that his grandparents were able to see him receive this award. I thank Ms. Shawn Burch for introducing Jordan to the beauty of poetry, and encouraging his own writing. The evening could not have been more perfect for everyone. I also want to thank Dr. Dworkoski for his vision and support of the arts.”
Both Star and Jordan were thrilled by the experience. “The Scholastic Awards Ceremony in New York City was an unforgettable moment in my life,” said Star. “Being recognized with my peers at Carnegie Hall was inspirational.”
For Jordan, it was especially powerful. “Being on stage at Carnegie Hall was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that was eye-opening,” said Jordan. “It was particularly special to share that moment with my peers, my family and especially, my father.”
Star’s photograph is on display until June 24 with the other National Gold Medal artworks at the National Student Art Exhibition held at the World Monument Fund Gallery in New York City.
Established in 1923, the Scho-lastic Art Awards is the most prestigious recognition program in the visual arts and writing for students in Seventh through Twelfth Grades in the United States. Nationally, more than 140,000 works of art and writing were submitted for review this year. Past winners include: Truman Capote, Sylvia Plath, Bernard Malamud, Joyce Carol Oates, Richard Avedon and Andy Warhol.
The Alliance’s panel of judges reviewed the 1,173 Regional Gold Medal-winning photographs, and Star is one of only four Upper School students in California to receive a National Gold Medal for photography. She is one of only 15 students in the United States to receive this impressive distinction.
Jordan was one of only 11 middle school students in California selected to receive a National Silver Medal in poetry from among the more than 1,000 Regional Gold Medal winners. He also was one of only 30 middle school students in the United States to receive a national award in poetry this year.
About Viewpoint School: Viewpoint School in Calabasas is a nondenominational, coeducational school of 1,200 students in Kindergarten through Grade Twel-ve. A member of the California and National Associations of Independent Schools and the Cum Laude Society, Viewpoint offers a challenging college preparatory program in a nurturing environment. For more information about Viewpoint School, please visit www.viewpoint.org.