Loveland High School students Earned 24 other awards of recognition in the regional competition

NEWS RELEASE: Susanne Quigley, Chief Information Officer

LOVELAND, OH (April 20,202) – Loveland High School (LHS) students Claire Beseler, Nicole Pedicini, and Sophia Stokes have earned National Silver Medals for their submissions to the 2020 Scholastic Arts & Writing Awards. 

Self Portrait,” an acrylic painting by Loveland High School Junior Sophia Stokes, has won a National Silver Medal by the Scholastic Arts & Writing Awards (Provided) 

Beseler was recognized for her contribution “This Broken Mind” in the Film & Animation category; Pedicini for “Forgotten Genius” in the Novel Writing category; and Stokes for “Self Portrait” in the Painting category. The annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the nation’s most prestigious recognition initiative for creative students in grades 7-12 and the largest source of scholarships for young artists and writers in the United States.

LHS students, listed below, also earned a total of eight Gold Keys, seven Silver Keys and nine Honorable Mentions in the regional competition, covering Southwest Ohio, Northern Kentucky, and Southeast Indiana. The regional competition is administered by the Art Academy of Cincinnati and submissions were accepted September-December 2019. The exhibition opened at the School for the Creative and Performing Arts on February 10, 2020, and concluded with an awards ceremony on February 21.

Regional Gold Key recipients go on to compete for national medals, culminating with the National Awards Ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York, NY, in June. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Exhibition has been cancelled, however, the 2020 awards ceremony is expected to be held virtually on June 4.

Claire Beseler’s film “This Broken Mind” ( won a National Silver Medal in the 2020 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. (Screenshot provided) 


The Drawing & Illustration “Shower Frenzy” by Lillianne Rohling earned a regional Silver Key award. (Provided) 

Loveland High School students won a total of three National Silver Medals and 24 awards at the regional level. 

Here’s a list of the LHS students who earned awards in the 2020 Regional Scholastic Arts & Writing Awards:


Claire Beseler (11th grade)

  • Gold Key: This Broken Mind (Film and Animation)
  • Honorable Mention: Tennessee (Photography)
  • Honorable Mention: Normal (Photography)

Olivia Bransford (12th grade)

  • Silver Key: Boxes (Drawing & Illustration)

Dahlia Kressler (12th grade)

  • Gold Key: Fingerprint Portrait (Painting)
  • Honorable Mention: As Chaos Ensues (Printmaking)

Hannah Powers (12th grade)

  • Silver Key: Ugly (Design)

Lillianne Rohling (11th grade)

  • Gold Key: Painting Frank (Painting)
  • Silver Key: Shower Frenzy (Drawing & Illustration)
  • Honorable Mention: Save Our Mother (Digital Art)

Sophia Stokes (11th grade)

  • Gold Key: Self Portrait (Painting)
  • Honorable Mention: Fingerprint Self Portrait (Painting)


Kieran Collins (12th grade)

  • Gold Key: That Summer Night (Short Story)

Skyler Daumeyer (11th grade)

  • Silver Key: The Rest (Short Story)

Daniel Goff (10th grade)

  • Silver Key: Stormed Upon (Science Fiction & Fantasy)

Zak Griffiths (11th grade)

  • Gold Key: Moreton Corbet Castle (Short Story)

Lauren Hentz (11th grade)

  • Silver Key: Red-Stained Ashes (Short Story)

Marisa Kelley (12th grade)

  • Gold Key: Aureate Irises (Science Fiction & Fantasy)

Talia O’Neal (12th grade)

  • Honorable Mention: The Hotel California (Science Fiction & Fantasy)

Elizabeth Oh (12th grade)

  • Honorable Mention: Desecration (Science Fiction & Fantasy)

Nicole Pedecini (10th grade)

  • Gold Key: Forgotten Genius (Novel Writing)

Julia Quigley (11th grade)

  • Honorable Mention: Elsewhere (Science Fiction & Fantasy)

Emily Toms (12th grade)

  • Silver Key: Memories in the Trees (Science Fiction & Fantasy)

Skylar Whalen (12th grade)

  • Honorable Mention: Cerberus (Short Story)
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