By Matt de Simone
Lord Botetourt High School student Allison Pully was recently nominated for the American Vision Scholastic Art & Writing Award by her art teacher, Ingrid Chase. The award is one of the nation’s longest running and distinguished awards given to high school students. Since 1923, notable recipients of the award include Andy Worhol, Stephen King, Truman Capote, and Joyce Carol Oates.
The award recognizes students in grades 7-12 over 28 different categories of art and writing. Pully was nominated for visual arts.
“The award is especially noteworthy because it is not based on a category,” Chase said. “This award means that the judges selected her artwork as one of the top five works regardless of category in the region.”
Chase went on to mention that the particular work that was chosen was a digital artwork depicting two lambs. This work was part of a series where Pully explored the different ways that corruption effects our lives.
“Allison loves digital art,” Chase said. “But also draws, paints, and sculpts. She can do it all!”
Pully was nominated for the regional award for students throughout all of Southwest Virginia. There are usually around 1,000 submissions each year. Pully won gold medals for her portfolio and was nominated for one of the top five awards. Chase went on to tell the School Board during the presentation last week that Pully is currently in two of Chase’s AP classes at Lord Botetourt and that Pully was the only student to score a 5 on her AP exam last year.
Blue Ridge District representative Matthew East presented Pully with a certificate of recognition for her nomination. For more information about the awards and the winners, visit facnrv.org/scholastic-2021.