A Bedford High School senior has won an annual state competition designing a poster that represents the theme “Peace Brings the World Together.”
Kaitlyn Noh has been honored by the Massachusetts Partnership for Youth, a Wakefield-based non-profit that provides training and programming to increase the health and safety of young people. Noh was recognized at the School Committee’s virtual meeting Tuesday.
Margie Daniels, executive director of the partnership, joined Noh and her parents on the screen and said there were about 450 poster entries in three age groups. Daniels said the theme, inspired by the Louis C. Brown Peace Institute, is intended to “create and sustain an environment where all students can participate in school peacefully.”
Sean Hagan, visual arts program director for the Bedford Public Schools, said he took the poster contest and “turned it into a project for the kids in digital art class.” Noh is a student artist whose work “comes together quickly and seamlessly. As a senior she is doing college-level work,” Hagan said.
Noh explained her thought process in designing the winning entry. “There are many ways you can represent peace,” she explained. “I broke it into pieces and surrounded by different races, skin tones, abilities,” because “the underlying message is everybody brings something to the table.”
The multi-colored heart at the center is not perfect, she pointed out; it has visible fissures. That “portrays the world that we’re in,” she explained, a world that can be ultimately unified with its unique characteristics.
BHS Principal Heather Galante pointed out that Noh has a key role in the upcoming spring musical. The winner was also applauded by Superintendent of School Philip Conrad, who began his career as an art teacher, and School Committee Chair Sarah Scoville, an artist and art educator.
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