Empathy Through Art

Fourteen MICDS artists place in top 40 of the 100 Neediest Cases Competition, with Olivia Warren ’21 taking first.

The artwork of 14 Upper School students placed in the top 40 for the United Way and St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s 100 Neediest Cases campaign competition, as judged by a panel of local artists and educators. This annual campaign has helped St. Louis families and individuals facing hardships for 97 years.

To support the program, students from around the region submitted original artwork demonstrating the emotion of people in need while also providing an outlook of hope. MICDS Fine and Performing Arts Teacher Tiffany D’Addario included the drawing contest as part of her course curriculum. Students underwent a demanding problem-solving process and used brain research to convey a specific message and increase empathy. Congratulations to our winning student-artists!

The 14 MICDS students in the top 40 are:

Olivia Warren ’21—1st place

Hannah Keener ’22—2nd place

Maya Gralnick ’22—4th place

John Curylo ’20—6th place

Hailey Kim ’22—8th place

Dilyn Halverson ’21—9th place

Ava Todd ’21—15th place

Laine Tompras ’22—19th place

Shudi Wang ’21—28th place

Charlotte Bitting ’22—29th place

Landis Bingham ’21—31st place

Sydney Pollock ’21—32nd place

Kendall Rozen ’21—33rd place

Kaitlyn Turnell ’21—36th place