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Brenau awards $8,000 in scholarships to students
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Three North Georgia high school students received awards for their artwork in the Young Women’s State High School Art and Design Competition in February at Brenau University.

The competition offered more than $40,000 in Brenau scholarships and $1,000 in cash prizes to several students. Award winners were:

* Laila Hasnain of North Hall High School won the Award of Excellence distinction for “Cousin with Hijab.” She received a $5,000 scholarship and $100.

* Tori Mays of Flowery Branch High School won the Honorable Mention distinction for “JVB.” She received a $2,000 scholarship and $50.

* Ashley Shoemaker of North Hall High School won the People’s Choice distinction for “Woven Roses.” She received a $1,000 scholarship and $50.

* Lynn Jones, chairwoman of the interior design department at Brenau, said the competition is a chance for young female artists to have their work reviewed and entered into a juried show as well as experience college-level classes at Brenau.

“This is one of the most important events we put on at Brenau and I’m proud to showcase the artwork of these young women,” Jones said.

The works selected were juried by photographer and journalist Lee Anne Romberg White, a Brenau University alumna.

The exhibition exposed the high school students to workshops and artists from various backgrounds including photography, sculpture, printmaking and design.

For more information and to view a list of winners and their artwork, visit

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