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September 18, 2018

Pulaski Student Earns National Recognition For Artwork


Pulaski High School student Sarah Clark earned national recognition and a silver medal in The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards of 2015.

Sarah Clark won a silver medal at the Scholastic Art and; Writing Awards of 2015 for her photograph “Untamed.” From left are: Pulaski High School art teacher Karen Backus, Sarah’s mother Susan Clark, Sarah and Pulaski Superintendent of Schools Brian Hartwell.

Sarah Clark won a silver medal at the Scholastic Art and; Writing Awards of 2015 for her photograph “Untamed.” From left are: Pulaski High School art teacher Karen Backus, Sarah’s mother Susan Clark, Sarah and Pulaski Superintendent of Schools Brian Hartwell.

Clark has been identified by panels of creative professionals as one of the most talented young artists in the nation.

300,000 works of art and writing were submitted and only one percent of those students were recognized at the national level.

These students, including Clark, have been invited to receive their award at the world-famous Carnegie Hall on June 11.

“Sarah is extremely well-deserving of this award,” said Clark’s art teacher Karen Backus. “I am thrilled that a student from our small town has been recognized on a national level for her artistic ability.”

Pulaski submitted 30 artworks to the regional competition earlier this year and received six gold keys, three silver keys and eight honorable mentions; Clark received a gold key and proceeded on to the national competition.

Her piece, entitled “Untamed,” was a portrait of the late Joshua, a 14-year-old African lion at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo that passed away in January.

In addition to the arts, Clark’s interests also lie in education, volleyball, outdoor track and soccer.

Both Clark and her mother, Susan, were brought to tears by the words of Brian Hartwell, Pulaski Superintendent of Schools.

“We come across students that are unbelievably proficient and excel at art or music or academics or athletics, and as an educational program, we value each and every one of those. One of the neatest things about Sarah Clark is that she is triple-threat: an outstanding student, an outstanding artist and an outstanding athlete. She represents herself and her family at the highest level,” he said. “Anyone would want to be Sarah’s friend. Anyone would want Sarah as a daughter. Anyone would want Sarah as a student in their school district. We are privileged to have her.”

“Untamed” will hang in the superintendent’s personal office as a representation of pride, loyalty and leadership.

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