Dayton student’s ‘Two Cakes’ helps bring more than $200K in scholarship offers and a prestigious calendar cover

A Dayton teen can add cover girl to her list of accomplishments.

A painting by Stivers School for the Arts senior Kennedé Thomas is featured on the cover of the 2019 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards calendar.

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“Ever since I was in elementary school — and even before that — I really enjoyed drawing,” Thomas said in press release from Dayton Public Schools. “My passion for painting started freshman year when a teacher suggested I take a painting class.”

The Dayton native only learned of the honor after receiving an $88,000 scholarship offer from the College for Creative Studies.

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The Detroit art school sent a copy of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards calendar with that scholarship offer, a  DPS spokeswoman said.

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Thomas has received numerous other scholarship offers, including one for $92,000 from the  School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

She has not decided which college to attend, the spokeswoman said.

She told the school district she plans to pursue a master’s degree in arts education, teach high school and work in academia as a professor.

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She painted  “Two Cakes,” the piece featured on the calendar, for her AP art portfolio junior year.

It won a 2018 national Gold Medal in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

Thomas won a regional Gold Key in the 2019 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition.

That piece will be considered for a national Gold Medal award.

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