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Douglas High student wins national award

Melisse Spron, a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, has earned one of only 15 National Portfolio Gold Medal awards in The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards of 2010, presented by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. The national competition recognizes the highest achievements in art and writing. Spron is the first student in Broward to ever achieve this honor.

A total of 165,000 entries were submitted from all across the nation. The photography portfolio submitted by Spron consisted of eight color photos of disheveled trailer homes. Only two photography portfolios were selected to receive Gold Medal Awards.

Jan Pryczynski, media specialist and photography teacher at the school, said of her student, “What strikes me most about her is her ability to approach assignments with a freshness and excitement that all art teachers love to see.”

Spron will receive a $10,000 scholarship, to be paid in annual installments over the next four years. As a Gold Medal winner, she is also eligible to request tuition support from the Alliance of Scholarship Partners.

Both Spron and Pryczynski were honored at New York City’s Carnegie Hall recently.

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