Frenship HS senior wins national Scholastic Art award

A Frenship High School senior will not be able to personally accept a national award he recently learned he won — he’ll be graduating that day.

Jordan Watts learned about two weeks ago that he had won a national Scholastic Art Award for a triptych, or a painting divided into three sections, called “Extra.”

The painting features three young newspaper boys from around the turn of the 20th century. It is a recreation of a Lewis Hine photo of child labor.

Child labor began to interest Watts when he did a report on it in a sophomore history class.

“I wanted to recreate photographs that he did. I wanted to bring him back to life,” said Watts. “I just saw them (the photos) and loved them, loved all his photos.”

Now that Watts has won a big award, he said he does not expect it to change his art.

“It’s going to keep driving me to do more,” he said.

But he said he is disappointed that he probably will not be able to attend the award presentation in New York City.

“It’s the same day as graduation. It was pretty upsetting,” said Watts.

Still, he said he is very excited that his art will be on display in New York City.

Watts plays drums in the band “Don’t Wake the Bear” and also plays guitar, piano and cello. He is involved in music with Bacon Heights Baptist Church.

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