Twelve Detroit County Day School students earn prestigious national scholastic art and writing award

A total of 12 students from Detroit County Day School’s Upper School and Middle School have been recognized with the prestigious National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, with two students earning the impressive “Best in Grade” designation.

Receiving a National Medal places these students in the top one percent of more than 320,000 applicants from around the country. Gold medal recipients will be honored at Carnegie Hall in New York, and will be placed alongside noted past recipients such as Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Stephen King, Zac Posen, Lena Dunham, and Ken Burns.

“The skill, creativity and talent displayed by our student writers and artists is an inspiration,” said DCDS Headmaster Glen Shilling. “The National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the country’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition for creative teens. To have 12 students recognized in a national platform speaks not only to the excellence of our students, but to the remarkable teachers, mentors, programs and opportunities that are alive in the DCDS community.”

Upper and Middle School Art Award Winners:

  • Aidan Darby (Jewelry) earned a Gold Medal for “Bubble Blower Ring,” a Silver Medal for “Dead Bird,” and a Gold Medal for “uncorked.”  
  • Jared Freeman (Mixed Media) earned a Gold Medal for “A Living Definition”
  • Zachary Gudziak (Art Portfolio, Jewelry) earned a Silver Medal for “A Hint of Hurt,” and a Gold Medal, Best in Grade and Neiman Marcus Jewelry Award for “Human Trap.”
  • Scott Hanna (Ceramics and Glass) earned a Gold Medal and Best in Grade for “Creepy Crawler.”   
  • Hannah Hansen (Mixed Media, Photography, Jewelry) earned a Gold Medal for “Bubble Wrapped,” a Gold Medal for “Swept Away,” and a Gold Medal for “Bubble Ring.”
  • Victoria Kincaid (Photography) earned a Silver Medal for “New Americana Pt. 2.
  • Olivia Wiegers (Photography) earned a Silver Medal for “Vacant”
  • Stephanie Yim (Jewelry) earned a Silver Medal for “Momentary Circuit,” and a Silver Medal for “Unreadable Melody” 

Upper and Middle School Writing Award Winners:

  • Catherine Glazier (Personal Essay/Memoir) earned a Silver Medal for “Collective Languages.”          
  • Samina Saifee (Flash Fiction) earned a Silver Medal for “Royal March”
  • Ronak Sringari (Poetry) earned a Gold Medal for “A Spectacle.”      
  • Claire Wang (Writing Portfolio, Journalism, Poetry, Flash Fiction) earned a Silver Medal for “Capillaries,” a Gold Medal for “A Novel Study in the Alleviation of Neurodegenerative Diseases, a Gold Medal for “Midnight in My Lai, Vietnam Fall(out)” and a Silver Medal for “Things We Hear.”         

Detroit Country Day School offers students from preschool through high school an exemplary education rooted in academic rigor and a commitment to the full development of each student’s potential. The school is an independent, coeducational, non-denominational, college preparatory school nationally recognized for excellence in academics, athletics and the fine and performing arts. Founded in 1914 by F. Alden Shaw, Detroit Country Day School today enrolls more than 1,500 students on four campuses located in Beverly Hills and Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. For additional information, please visit