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Mrs. Clinton Welcomes Young Artists

June 19, 1998

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Hillary Rodham Clinton welcomed the top 10 winners of the annual Scholastic Art and Writing Awards to the White House Friday and said their work is proof that in America the spirit of creativity is a necessity, not a luxury.

Over ice tea and cookies in the State Dining Room, Mrs. Clinton paid tribute to this year’s winners on the 75th anniversary of the awards program. Since the first award was made in 1923, the program has given a first taste of recognition to creative young people as diverse as artist Andy Warhol and movie actor Robert Redford.

Other previous winners include photographer Richard Avedon, author Truman Capote, artists Red Grooms and Philip Pearlstein, writers Bernard Malamud and Joyce Carol Oates and poet, Sylvia Plath.

Mrs. Clinton said those who aspired to the awards are reminders that ``deep feeling, compassion, caring and just plain old-fashioned hard work″ are the hallmarks of many young Americans.

``The arts and humanities are not luxuries, but necessities,″ Mrs. Clinton said.

Present at the White House were winners of the $5,000 art and writing ``Portfolio″ awards.

Winners for art were: Katherine Alvarez, 18, from McNair Academic High School, Jersey City, N.J.; Heidi Bahr, 17, and Kathryn Blochowiak, 17, both from Pius XI High School, Milwaukee; Christopher Butler, 17, Winchester (Mass.) High School; and Reina Navarro, 17, G. Holmes Braddock Senior High School, Miami.

The writing winners were: Jonathan Braman, 17, Paul D. Schreiber High School, Port Washington, N.Y.; Kristina Fisher, 18, Santa Fe (N.M.) Preparatory School; Hilary Jacqmin, 18, Shaker Heights (Ohio) High School; Leah Kaminski, 17, Ransom Everglades School, Coconut Grove, Fla.; and Christine Varnado, 17, Hattiesburg (Miss.) High School.

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