Carnegie Hall announces ‘Creative Youth Art Exhibit’ winners


Carnegie Hall’s 30th Annual Creative Youth Art Exhibit awards ceremony took place on March 3 as friends and family filled the Hamilton Auditorium to celebrate the accomplishments of Greenbrier Valley’s young artists. A reception with light refreshments provided by CAMC/Greenbrier Valley Medical Center followed the ceremony.

“Stary Halloween Night” by GWHS student Katelyn Vaughan.

Creative Youth is a juried art show each spring that features the talent and imagination of Greenbrier County students in grades 4-12.  Children from public, private, and home schools submit their work for this juried art exhibit. 

This year’s participating schools and teachers: Alderson Elementary and Ronceverte Elementary – Tonya Mills; Crichton Elementary and Rainelle Elementary – David Wayne Poticher; Eastern Greenbrier Middle – Rachelle Henderson and Mary Stankunas; Frankford Elementary and White Sulphur Springs Elementary – Stephanie Holley; Greenbrier Community School – Jennifer Orr; Greenbrier East High – Mark Cline and Stephanie Tilley; Greenbrier West High – Marla Bell; Lewisburg Elementary – Emma Musser; Rupert Elementary and Smoot Elementary – Lynn Davis; Western Greenbrier Middle – Emily Sullivan; and Home School Student – Amanda Lane.

During the awards ceremony, Carnegie Hall’s Education Director, Harmony Flora, President/CEO, Cathy Rennard, Ann Smith, Jennifer Orr, and Sheila Hutchinson, announced the winners of the various art categories and divisions. Local artists Jeanne Brenneman, Cheryl Mansley, and Thomas Ruggerio served as judges. Robbie Anderson, Danny Fairfax, Grace Markley, Elizabeth Spangler, and Barbara Walker volunteered for the event. 

The Best In Show Award went to Katelyn Vaughan, a Greenbrier West High School 9th – grader, with her painting “Stary Halloween Night.” The Carnegie Hall’s Choice Award was given to Western Greenbrier Middle School 11th-grader, Elizabeth Clay, for her drawing “Feathered Familiars.” 

The Elementary School Division (Grades 4-5) ribbon winners: Drawing – Haiden Cutlip (winner), Ben Osborne (runner up), Jordyn Doss (third place), and Jordan Hughart (honorable mention); Mixed Media – Natty Currence (winner), Sawyer Blankenship (runner up), Eli Jones (third place), Gabriel Suttle (honorable mention), and Ardenne Woods (honorable mention); Painting – Paisley Kellison (winner), Oliver Elmore (runner up), Levi Tolley (third place), Evie Ward (honorable mention), and Lorine Johnston (honorable mention). 

“Feathered Familiars” by WGMS student Elizabeth Clay.

The Middle School Division (Grades 6-8) ribbon winners: Drawing in B/W – Nichole Walkup (winner), Gracie Rhodes (runner up), Paydon Grizzel (third place), and Anna Pack (honorable mention); Drawing in Color – Tristin Payne (winner), Taylor Martin (runner up), Bruce Barkley (third place), and Natalee Simmes (honorable mention); Mixed Media – John-John Akers (winner), Abigail Taylor (runner up), and Ariaunna Adkins-Wagner (third place); Painting – Emma Edens (winner), Madlynn Adkins (runner up), Lily Weikle (third place), and Adelyn Clark (honorable mention). 

The High School Division (Grades 9-12) ribbon winners: Drawing in B/W – Abigail Fedukovich (winner), Elizabeth Clay (runner up), Oceana Carter (third place), and Eli Thorp (honorable mention); Drawing in Color – Vincent Agee (winner), Ruby DeHaven (runner up), and Meghan Ward (third place); Mixed Media – Shannon Mooney (winner), Violet Wiant (runner up), Kaylee Whitt (third place), and Marianna Lopez (honorable mention); Painting – Katelyn Vaughn (winner), Hazel Tincher (runner up), Kearney Kelly-Wingo (third place), and Ashlynn Pipkin (honorable mention). 

For more information call Carnegie Hall Box Office at 304.645.7917, visit, or stop by at 611 Church Street, Lewisburg, West Virginia.  

Carnegie Hall WV is a nonprofit organization supported by individual contributions, grants, and fundraising efforts such as TOOT and The Carnegie Hall Gala.


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