Students receive awards from Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County -- Gazette.Net


Two Rockville students were honored for their artistic works.

Gahyun ‘Esther’ Kim, of Rockville, a recent graduate of T. S. Wootton High School, Rockville, and the Visual Art Center at Albert Einstein High School, Kensington, and Sydney Axelrod, of Rockville, a recent graduate of Richard Montgomery High School, Rockville, were honored for their artistic work by the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County at a reception June 11 at the Silver Spring Civic Building.

Esther received the 2013 Ida F. Haimovicz Visual Arts Award which includes a $3,000 cash award and a solo exhibition at the Betty Mae Kramer Gallery and Music Room at the Silver Spring Civic Building, One Veterans Place, Silver Spring. Her exhibit runs through June 28.

Sydney was awarded the 2013 Fran Abrams Creative Writing Award. She earned a $1,000 cash award and the opportunity to read from her work at the awards ceremony.

She plans to attend Drexel University, Philadelphia, in the fall, majoring in communications with a minor in either English or screenwriting.

Esther plans to attend Rhode Island School of Design, Providence this fall. She has not yet declared a major, but is leaning towards pursuing art. She has been in Montgomery County Public School’s Visual Art program at Einstein High School for three consecutive years in addition to taking after-school classes. She has previously received recognition in the Maryland Federal Duck Stamp Competition, the Scholastic Inc. Art and Writing Awards, the YoungArts Awards in Visual Arts and the Yellow Barn Studio & Gallery’s 14th Annual Exhibition. She has performed with the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra for seven consecutive years and the Maryland All State Orchestra for three years.

Also featured at the awards ceremony was local author Tim Denevi reading from his first book, “Freak Kingdom: A Personal History of Hyperactivity,” which will be published in 2014.

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