City students win awards in national competition

NAACP sponsored event honored two juniors for their artwork, singing

July 15, 2002|By Colleen Freyvogel | Colleen Freyvogel,SUN STAFF

Two Baltimore high school juniors have been awarded national medals of distinction and scholarships for artistic achievement in the annual Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics.

In the competition of regional winners from across the country, held in Houston last week, Tiffany Taylor, 17, a student at the Baltimore School of the Arts, won a gold medal and $2,000 in singing, while Katrina Greene, 16, a student at the Carver Center for the Arts and Technology, won a silver medal and $1,500 for art.

Taylor, daughter of Bonita and Charles Pinkney of East Baltimore, also attends classes at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She competed in classical and contemporary vocal music performance at the competition, and received the award in the latter, for her rendition of "Great is Thy Faithfulness."

"My family supports me in everything I have to do, and everywhere I have to go," said Taylor, who plans to study music in college. "Receiving the gold medal was a confirmation from God as to where I need to go from here."

Greene, daughter of Julie Greene of Owings Mills, is enrolled in the Maryland Institute College of Art precollege program, and plans to study graphic design or general fine arts in college. She won her medal for a self-portrait.

"To me, the silver medal means that my work hasn't gone unnoticed, and my mother's support wasn't in vain," she said. "To be one of three [top finishers] was an honor."

Greene and Taylor, who also were awarded computers, were among eight students who represented the Baltimore area at the national competition.

The competition was founded by broadcaster Vernon Jarrett in 1978 and is sponsored by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. It's a yearlong enrichment program designed to recruit and encourage achievement among African-American high school students in the areas of science, humanities, performing arts, and visual arts. Winners can be awarded up to $1,000 in scholarships.

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