Hopkins High School student Teddie Bernard received a National Gold Medal – the highest honor in the National Scholastic Art Competition. Bernard won in the category of comic art, with their comic "On Lesbian History." Out of the 3,746 pieces submitted from Minnesota, only seven received national honors.
"I am proud of Teddie for making art that promotes diverse perspectives, understanding, and explores the history of marginalized populations," said their art teacher, Bethany Henshaw. "I am equally glad that Scholastics supports LGBTQ artists and their voices."
Before making the comic Bernard spent time researching lesbian history. During that process, they not only learned about perspectives that would inform their comic, they learned information that helped them further understand their identity.
"I realized I could further understand my own identity by learning about those stories and experiences of LGBTQ people who came before me," they said. "This comic serves as my reflection on that."
Being recognized at the national level is an extremely high honor. Since 2004, only 10 Hopkins High School students have received National Scholastic Art Awards. As part of the honor, Bernard is invited to a reception in New York City at Carnegie Hall, where their piece will be on display. In addition to the National Gold Medal, at the state level, Bernard received four honorable mentions in the category of Drawing and Illustration and three gold key awards in the categories of Photography and Art.
The National Scholastic Art Awards is the national component of the Minnesota Scholastic Art Award competition. This year, Hopkins students won 34 Minnesota Scholastic Art Awards (eight Gold Key, 10 Silver Key, and 16 Honorable Mentions).