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From left, McKinney seventh graders Amelia Gray and Kasey Linkhart were finalists in an art competition sponsored by Dayton Law Firm Dyer, Garofalo, Mann & Schultz. Also pictured are McKinney School art teacher Melina Elum and the law firm's Doug Mann and Michael Dyer. (Photo by Megan Bachman)

YSHS and McKinney students win art awards

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Kasey Linkhart wanted to draw attention to the danger of Christmas tree lights. The seventh grade McKinney student’s drawing of a living room scene at Christmas time will be featured in a 2012 fire safety calendar put out by Dayton law firm Dyer, Garofalo, Mann & Schultz, who sponsored an area art competition with 1,200 submissions from over 75 schools. For being one of the top 12, Linkhart won a $250 gift card for herself and $1,000 for her school, which will go towards art supplies.


Kasey Linkhart, left, and Amelia Gray with their proud art teacher, Melina Elum.


“I don’t think many people think about turning off Christmas lights when they leave,” said Linkhart, who used markers for her submission.

Fellow seventh grader Amelia Gray was one of 25 students to receive an honorable mention in the competition. Her drawing, in colored pencil, was of an overturned car on a slick roadway meant to highlight the danger of black ice. Gray was inspired by last February’s ice storm.


The law firm's Doug Mann, aka "The Tiger," poses with students and signs autographs at the award ceremony.


Also this week, nine Yellow Springs High School students received 21 awards between them in the national Scholastic art and writing competition. Among them, eight submissions were awarded the highest honor in the region (a gold key), six were given the silver key and seven received honorable mentions. Most students submitted their original photography, while one was awarded for a digital art submission.


From left are Scholastic award winners David Butcher, AnnDee Pettiford, Sami Worsham, Jami Miles, Nadia Mulhall, Dora Perini and Sage Hale-Wolfe. (Missing from photo: Julia Tarpey & Emma Holman-Smith)



  • Samantha Worshaw, Digital Art, Black and Gold
  • David Butcher, Photography, Forever
  • Sage HaleWolfe, Photography, Worn
  • Dora Perini, Photography, Luci
  • Dora Perini, Photography, Rosa di fumo
  • Julia Tarpey, Photography, Smirk


  • Sage HaleWolfe, Photography, Worn
  • Emma Holman-Smith, Photography, Saved
  • Jami Miles, Photography, Homegrown
  • Jami Miles, Photography, Half-life
  • Julia Tarpey, Photography, Take a Deep Breath
  • Julia Tarpey, Photography, The Daily Commute


  • Sage HaleWolfe, Photography, Submission
  • Sage HaleWolfe, Photography, Cinemaphobia
  • Sage HaleWolfe, Photography, Shattered Interests
  • Emma Holman-Smith, Photography, Untitled
  • Nadia Mulhall, Photography, Wooden Shoes
  • Nadia Mulhall, Photography, Stairway to the Sky
  • AnnDee Pettiford, Photography, Black Light Swirl


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