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10th Grade Student Earns Prestigious National Youngarts Foundation Award

Sheina Ruth S. (Class of 2023) has received a 2021 National YoungArts Foundation award in Photography. Sheina has been recognized at the Honorable Mention level, the organization’s second-highest honor, for her caliber of artistic achievement and joins 659 of the nation’s most accomplished artists. Sheina was selected by an esteemed discipline-specific panel of artists through a rigorous blind adjudication process.

As a YoungArts award winner, Sheina joins a distinguished group of accomplished artists including Timothee Chalamet, Viola Davis, Josh Grobin, and Andrew Rannels to name just a few.

YoungArts award winners gain access to one of the most comprehensive programs for artists in the United States in which they will have opportunities for financial, creative, and professional development support throughout their entire careers.

Sheina will be awarded a cash prize and the opportunity to study with leading photographers and artists.

She is now also eligible for exclusive, creative, and professional development support including a wide range of fellowships, residencies, and awards; virtual and in-person presentation opportunities in collaboration with major venues nationwide.

Sheina worked for four months on a 10-piece portfolio and two-part essay.

Her award-winning piece is titled: Born Breathe Broken Heart Sleep Grieve.

It is a thought-provoking photo essay on the short life of her brother Gilad, the fear of his memory fading, and how Sheina’s study of photography keeps her connected to her brother.