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Mid Valley High School sophomore Laura Penn earned national recognition in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards of 2013. Laura was identified by a panel of creative professionals as one of the most talented artists and writers in the nation. This year, 230,000 works of art and writing were submitted. Only the top one percent were recognized at a national level. Her photography piece, "The Haze," received a gold key recognition and will be displayed at the Pratt Manhattan Gallery in New York. Laura has been invited to attend a ceremony at Carnegie Hall in May.

From left: Jenelle Phillips, Mid Valley Art teacher; Penn; Rebecca Rabel, Mid Valley Art teacher; and Chad Vinansky, Mid Valley Secondary Principal.