The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards is the oldest and one of the most prestigious student art competitions in the country and is held at Nashville’s Cheekwood Botanical Garden each year. With a strong lower school foundation in craftsmanship and exposure to art history instilled by Karen Kwarciak, middle school students are well prepared for the level of rigor Scholastic judges expect. Their enthusiasm and technical skill allows them to shine. Middle school art teacher Amanda Penecale then guides these students to create original work that reflects the student’s own artistic voice and vision. This intentional attention to age-appropriate learning is at the heart of Harding’s PreK through 8 curriculum, and the results are indisputable. Five Harding students garnered honorable mentions in this year’s Middle Tennessee Scholastic Art Awards competition: Rachel Westerfield (8), Bella McKay (7), Abby Moschel (8), Lillie Waddell (8), and Allison Lindsey (8).