Westlake Students Selected for Cleveland Clinic eXpressions Art Show

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DonnaEleven Westlake High School artists and writers were selected for special recognition through the Cleveland Clinic eXpressions art and writing programs.

WHS senior Madeline Lee won Best of Show and a Blue Ribbon for her artwork. Junior Brittany Donna also won a Blue Ribbon.

For art, senior Lucia Del Rincon Martinez, Jennifer Juhas and Veronica Pulling, and junior Sarah Meleragno, earned Red Ribbon awards. Seniors Caitlin O’Meara and Merlena Ward, and junior Abbey Kay earned White Ribbons. Senior Jessica Birkhimer earned an Honorable Mention.

Freshman Rachel Zinram earned a Red Ribbon in the writing program for her poem inspired by a research project on ADHD.

WHS art teacher Kelly Atkinson and Madeline Lee will be speaking at the awards presentation on Thursday, Jan. 29, at 7pm at the Global center for Health Innovation.

LeeLaunched in 2005 by the Cleveland Clinic Office of Government and Community Relations’ Civic Education Department, eXpressions engages high school students – from across Ohio and around the world – in the creative exploration of science and medicine. Through project-based, peer-to-peer learning, participants interpret research studies conducted by Cleveland Clinic summer interns, producing an extraordinary array of science-inspired projects.

WHS senior Laura McDiarmid was a 2014 Cleveland Clinic summer intern in the Creative Learning program.

Last fall, 43 high schools from across Northeast Ohio submitted more than 1,200 art, language and math projects. Of those, 94 entries were awarded ribbons.

Award-winning work will be featured in the 2015 eXpressions catalogue and will be displayed in the 2015 eXpressions Art, Language, and Math eXhibition at the Global Center for Health Innovation. The eXhibition will run six weeks, Jan. 30-March 13. For more information visit www.clevelandclinic.org/eXpressions

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