GMSD students dominate BRACE art awards

Art is what makes our lives, our communities, and, at GMSD, our schools so extraordinarily beautiful. Some of our students have recently decided to spread this creative beauty beyond the confines of our school walls by sharing their work in the Briarcrest Regional Art Contest & Exhibition (BRACE).

The Briarcrest Regional Art Contest & Exhibition (BRACE) offers students from private and public schools alike the opportunity to both display their pieces and gain recognition for their talents. Competing against over three hundred submissions from almost fifty other local schools, fifteen of our students were awarded in the competition and are to receive special prizes at an awards ceremony on November 7th.

In the high school category, we had Ella Kennin win first place in the eleventh grade division, Annie Holley win second place in the ninth grade division, Irina Brady win fourth place in the tenth grade division, and Kendall Henager (ninth) and Jane Yan (twelth) both receive honorable mentions in their respective divisions.

Jane Yan said this of the HHS art program’s contribution to her win, “Houston’s art program really helped me grow in my creativity and learning my strengths and weaknesses. There’s always new things to learn.”


Houston Middle School also continued in this pattern of success with seventh grader Caillie Wortham winning Best of Show in the middle school division and Lindsey Teague (sixth), Cadie Cone (seventh), and Sasha Thorne (eighth) all winning third prize in each of their grades’ divisions.

Riverdale Elementary and Middle School also had several fantastic artists featured like Caroline Cooper who won first place in the seventh grade division, Collins McCleary who won second place in the first grade division, Natalie Middlekauff who won fourth in the second grade division, and Mary Margaret St. Clair, Katie Mattison, and Field Richardson all receiving honorable mentions.

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