District Five student wins second place in national art competition

 Irmo Middle School seventh-grader, Lucy Pruitt, has won second place in the 2020-2021 National Career Development Association Poetry & Art contest.”I’m surprised I won 2nd place in the national competition and 3rd place in the state, but I’m also proud and excited,” Pruitt said. “Our art assignment was to draw a poster of what we wanted to be when we grow up, but I didn’t know what I wanted to be. So, I thought of drawing some of the many choices I have for a career.”

The theme for the 55th annual Poetry & Art contest was “My Future Career: Imagine the Possibilities!” Pruitt won 3rd place in the South Carolina Career Development Association (SCCDA) contest in the sixth-eighth grade division of the competition and advanced to the national level of the competition. The SCCDA is an all-inclusive and collaborative statewide organization of more than 90 industry professionals that connect on issues, policies and practices relating to career and workforce development, pathways, and transitions while inspiring one another to grow professionally.“Lucy is a very talented artist and hard-working student,” Irmo Middle School Principal Danielle Major-Murphy said. “I am delighted that she is being recognized and is able to showcase her artwork on a State level.  As a young artist, Lucy is able to capture her thoughts and display them vibrantly for all to see.  She is truly amazing!”

The winning art and poetry entries for each division are displayed on the NCDA website, http://www.ncda.org, and at the upcoming Global Career Development Conference. National winners also receive a special certificate from NCDA. 

In addition to coordinating the state art and poetry contest, SCCDA provides state-specific services to the public and professionals involved with or interested in career development, including professional development activities, industry-related resources, professional standards, advocacy and recognition for achievement and service.

For more information on SCCDA or to become a member, go to https://sccda.wildapricot.org/join-us.

Photo Credit L-R Cynthia O’Reilly (Irmo Middle School Art Teacher), Lucy Pruitt, Allison Redick (Irmo Middle School Career Specialist)