May 9, 2011 6:25 PM by Andy Koen
A local high school student has earned national acclaim for her drawing and will be awarded at a ceremony at Carnegie Hall later this month. Eleventh grader Karissa Gonzalez-Othon from the Vanguard School in Colorado Springs will receive a silver medal for her drawing titled "City Silhouette" at the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards in New York City on May 31.
Her award comes with the opportunity to earn a scholarship and have her drawing displayed at the World Financial Center Courtyard Gallery in Lower Manhattan next month.
Art teacher Greg Custer says Karissa is a standout art student who has elevated her work to a superior level.
"Her ability to observe detail along with her wonderful work ethic are the two major strengths that makes her a special student," Custer said.
The nationwide competition is open to 7th-12th graders who submit works of art and writing for judging. Notable past award winners include artist Andy Warhol, writer Truman Capote, and actors Robert Redford and John Lithgow.