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Why Naomi Cook’s efforts are worthy of applause…

Aspiring graphic designer and award-winning artist Naomi Cook is an eighth grade student at Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies. A straight-A, advanced achiever, she is also an active community volunteer who works to increase awareness of cancer and promote positive youth initiatives.

After two years of trying and earning runner-up and honorable mention accolades, Naomi won the 2013 grand prize in the Skillman Foundation’s Thanksgiving Day Parade float design competition.

Naomi’s love of visual artistry began when she was a small child visiting cultural attractions like the Detroit Institute of Art. She recalls a visit at age three when viewing a Van Gogh reminded her of finger painting. She attributes the talents that she has developed to “caring art teachers,” supportive family and friends, and God-given artistic blessings.

“There were times I feared that I was so young and not as good as more experienced artists, said Naomi. “I have come to learn that I have to be my best, rely on myself and not what someone else thinks I should be. No matter what, I never quit and always manage to bounce back. “

Among Naomi’s other numerous honors are:

• McDonald’s 2014 Black History Moments on Canvas semi-finalist

• Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies 2014 “Dream D Project” third place winner

• 2013 Silver Key winner of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

• Grand Valley State University, New College of Business building , mural commission under alumnus Dr. Hubert Massey

• Multiple exhibitions of her art work throughout Detroit

Many academic awards of excellence and leadership In addition to design and painting Naomi is a talented author whose creative writing has been published in the Detroit Newspapers in Education “Yak’s Corner.”

She is a member of the National Junior Honor Society and a consistent winner of academic recognition at Henry Ford Academy. The daughter of culinary chefs, Naomi’s exposure to healthy diet and the experience of helping to nurture her mother following an illness helped inspire Naomi’s recent winning Skillman Foundation float “Michigan Farms on City Streets,” a tribute to Detroit’s urban garden movement.

During her spare time she helps teach Sunday school and serves as a member of various youth councils and committees. Naomi lives with her family in Detroit’s Morningside neighborhood. Her goal is to attend the College for Creative Studies and graduate studies at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Watch for future news of Naomi’s accomplishments on the Henry Ford Academy

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