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Dulaney High sophomore already making her mark in art world

For someone so young, Katie Ator is already well on her way to becoming an accomplished artist. A 15-year-old sophomore at Dulaney High School, Katie has one of her most recent works currently on display at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore as a part of its 10th annual High School Juried Art Show. Presented in partnership with the Maryland State Education Association (MSEA) and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), Katie’s piece is one of just 27 chosen from among high school artists across the state.

In keeping with the theme of intimate portraits of African Americans, Katie’s pencil and charcoal drawing “The Sanctuary of Wires” focuses on an unnamed woman who was one of the first African-American airplane engineers for the United States during World War II. Katie’s inspiration for the piece came when she read a passage that stated, “Among the wires and the cords, there is no race or gender. It is only between the person and the machine.” The beautifully intricate portrait has such an amazing level of detail that at first glance, some may think it is an actual photograph from the era, but in fact it’s just the result of about a month’s worth of work on the piece by Katie.

Charcoal and pencil is one of her favorite mediums and she wanted to honor the time period and the idea of black-and-white photography. Katie mentioned that it was quite an honor to have her work on display and that it means so much to her that her art is surrounded by so many other wonderful pieces. Katie also has had her work included in an exhibit at the Walters Art Museum, and she has won awards for her creative writing as well. Congratulations to Katie on her wonderful achievements. All the student artists were honored at a reception Jan. 15, and the exhibit at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum runs through Feb. 28.

The Dulaney High School Model UN team recently headed up to Hershey, Pa., for a major Model UN conference which drew almost 2,000 students from across the mid-Atlantic. More than 30 delegates from Dulaney went to the conference, which simulates the work of the actual United Nations while providing the delegates with an opportunity to actively learn about world cultures and debate issues of international importance. Congratulations to Josh Wilmer, Olivia Robinson, Olivia Summons and Brandon Truong for earning individual honors at the conference and to all the participants on their outstanding performance at the conference.

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