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Julian Smith: Four Time Scholastic Gold Key Winner


One of Lake Shore’s premier artists, Julian Smith, senior at Lake Shore High School, won four Gold Keys in the Scholastic Art & Writing Competition this month.

Smith has spent his life using his creative gifts through not only entertaining but also conveying many people’s, including his own, hardships and struggles. 

“Succeeded Where I Once Failed”

Smith said, “My portfolio was about transgender hardships and my individual pieces were about transgender issues as well as an identity crisis. My mixed media pieces were about the Iranian crisis happening against women.”

Smith has recently broadened his talent through new endeavors in the competitive art world. Smith submitted his portfolio through the Regional Scholastic Art & Writing competition.

Smith said, “I won four Gold Keys, three honorable mentions and my portfolio got an honorable mention. Two gold keys in painting, one gold key in photography, and another gold key in mixed media.”

“Stolen Privacy”

Due to this being one of the first competitions, he’s competed in he said, “I felt very accomplished and thought back to how I made it to this point. Before I never thought I could achieve such things with my art talent but my family and friends around me encouraged me and supported me. My teachers especially, who also supported me during this year and taught me well.”

Less than 7% of all submissions are able to bring home Gold Keys in this competition. Yet, Smith has continued to show great gratitude for his achievements and competitors.

“Who Am I?”

Smith said, “Everyone who competed was extremely talented and I really enjoyed the competition. It feels great to see art getting such recognition that it has always been deserving of. I think art should be taken more seriously by high schools especially and taken more seriously by students who want to take an art career path. I believe art changes and inspires the world to make history just the same as every other career path and that needs to be made notice of in pre-college education.”

“Women, Life, Freedom”

If you’d like to see Smith and many others’ work the huge exhibition is open for viewing until March first at the Center for Creative Studies Walter B. Ford Building and Manoogian Resource. To see the Gold Key winners’ work head to the library at the Center for Creative Studies. 

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Alison Braun
Alison Braun, Staff Writer
Alison Braun is a 16-year-old Junior here at Lake Shore High School. Braun loves listening to artists such as Lana Del Rey, Montell Fish, and Soundgarden. She loves watching Olympic figure skating and strives to be like Aleksandra Trusova. While Braun is unsure of her future after Lake Shore, she knows it'll be bright and full of life featuring her boyfriend. 

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    L.NardiFeb 28, 2024 at 11:09 am

    Great peice

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    Gary SmithFeb 23, 2024 at 10:53 am

    Wow, very well written! I hope you are pursuing a career in journalism you are very talented!! Julian is spot on, K12 schools need to better recognize and support these students, they give so much to our world!

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    JosieFeb 23, 2024 at 10:43 am

    So proud of you!❤️

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    Julian SmithFeb 23, 2024 at 10:28 am

    Thank you for making this possible, I really appreciate the recognition.

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    Pat BahlmanFeb 21, 2024 at 4:11 pm


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    K. BraunFeb 21, 2024 at 2:04 pm

    This was a very interesting well written article!
    The writer was able to capture every aspect of artists goals and how he hopes to inspire others.

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    CrystalFeb 21, 2024 at 1:59 pm

    Great piece