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AROUND TOWN/Recognizing Aspiring Artists

Gale Curcio
By Gale Curcio
Posted on May 12,2010
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Courtesy Photo<br /> <br />Tre’ Von Jerrod Bray, left, winner of The Shirley Rabb Winston Scholarship in Voice, speaks to guests at The National Society of Arts and Letters 2010 Annual Awards Program.
Courtesy Photo
Tre’ Von Jerrod Bray, left, winner of The Shirley Rabb Winston
Scholarship in Voice, speaks to guests at The National Society
of Arts and Letters 2010 Annual Awards Program.

ALEXANDRIA, VA. - Members of The National Society of Arts and Letters believe in giving back.
 
They also believe in supporting students of the arts. As such, they sponsor an annual awards program where they honor winners in writing, voice and art.

The program was held earlier this month at Belle Haven Country Club and recognized nine aspiring writers, artists and singers.
 
Seven writers, ages 20 to 32, received recognition in The Frank and Hilda W. Reinhart Short Story Competition sponsored by the National Society of Arts and Letters (NSAL). David Frank Scrivner, a resident of Capitol Hill, DC received First Place Award of $4000 and will represent the Washington region in an upcoming national competition. Tara Ann Laskowski of Burke, VA received Second Place Award of $2000. Five entries received Honorable Mention.

Courtesy Photo<br /> <br />Winners of The Frank and Hilda W. Reinhart Short Story contest gather at The National Society of Arts and Letters 2010 Annual Awards Program.
Courtesy Photo
Winners of The Frank and Hilda W. Reinhart
Short Story contest gather at The National
Society of Arts and Letters 2010 Annual
Awards Program.

Scrivner won first place for his short stories, ‘A Short But Thorough Analysis of Bridges in the Modern Age’ and ‘Olive’.  He is a 2004 graduate of St. Mary's College in MD and in 2008 received an M.A. in Literature from American University where he was awarded the English Department's award for Outstanding Academic Achievement. He currently lives in Capitol Hill and teaches reading and writing in DC and Northern Virginia.
 
Laskowski graduated from Susquehanna University in 2000 and received an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from George Mason University in 2005.  She was the 2009 Kathy Fish Fellow and writer-in-residence at SmokeLong Quarterly. She currently works in George Mason University's Office of Media and Public Relations.
 
The Honorable Mention winners represent a cross section of schools and locales in the Washington region. Christina Capatides, of Washington, DC, graduated from Georgetown University in 2009. Ann Elise Keller, of Lutherville, MD, will graduate from Washington College, Chestertown, MD in 2010. Lindsay Moore, of Washington, DC, is a 1999 graduate of Emory University. Daniel Morris, of St. Mary's City, MD, will graduate from St. Mary's College in 2010. Jared Watkins, of Washington, DC and Farmington, NM, will graduate from Georgetown University in 2011.
 
Judges of the competition were comprised of a distinguished panel of nationally-known writers, including Charles Jensen, director of The Writer's Center, Bethesda, MD; Shelley Kirilenko, Ph.D., Bethesda, MD author of fiction and non-fiction works; Michelle Latiolais; professor of English at the University of California at Irvine; and Brad Leithauser - author of novel The Art Student's War (2009) and currently serving  on Writing Seminars faculty of Johns Hopkins University.

Courtesy Photo<br /> <br />Dorothy Nagle congratulates Aaron Kuhn on winning The Naomi Winston Scholarship of Art at The National Society of Arts and Letters 2010 Annual Awards Program. <br />
Courtesy Photo
Dorothy Nagle congratulates Aaron Kuhn on
winning The Naomi Winston Scholarship of Art
at The National Society of Arts and Letters
2010 Annual Awards Program.

In addition to the short story competition, Aaron Kuhn won The Naomi Winston Scholarship of Art for his two pieces of art, ‘Jerk Chicken Sandwich’ and ‘Self Portrait’ that were displayed during The National Society of Arts and Letters 2010 Annual Awards Program.

Tre’ Von Jerrod Bray was the winner of The Shirley Rabb Winston Scholarship in Voice, and performed two musical selections at The National Society of Arts and Letters 2010 Annual Awards Program.
 
NSAL is a national, non-profit, 501(c)(3), volunteer organization. Members are engaged in the visual, literary or performing arts or are patrons of the arts.  NSAL's mission is to support the development of talented young Americans in six fields: art, drama, musical theatre, dance, music and literature.
 
When founded in 1944, NSAL established the competitive National Career Awards to encourage careers in the arts. Competitions are held each year in one of the six disciplines, first at the local chapter level, then at a national competition/convention.   

NSAL also awards national scholarships in art and vocal music through the Winston Scholarship Program. For more information, visit http://www.arts-nsal.org.



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