Group photo of five pottery students from Eastern Alamance High School ; Ainsley Dial, Kaitlyn Mason, Izzie Walters, and Valerie Bryd, holding award-winning pottery they made.  Beside them is instructor Laura Daughtry.

Eastern High School 11th grader, Ainsley Dial has her sights set on Carnegie Hall in New York.  Her pottery recently earned Gold in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition.  Dial and classmates Kaitlyn Mason, Izzie Walters, and Valerie Bryd, have been invited along with their instructor Laura Daughtry to attend a reception in their honor at Gray Gallery at the East Carolina School of Art and Design in February.  

 Dial’s gold key winner is a piece of pottery that resembles a baby’s head and is titled, “Growth”.  It’s intended to be a planter symbolizing growth from birth forward. 

Other winners include Finding Atlantis (Kaitlyn Mason), Birds of a Feather (Izzie Walters), and Connect the Dots (Valerie Byrd).  

National award winners will be announced in March.  This is a prestigious competition, founded in 1923, with past recipients including Stephen King and Andy Warhol.