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Luden lands Laurel Art Club scholarship

Kelly Vernon | The Independent-Observer
Marissa Luden showcases some of her photography skills during the recent art gala at Southmoreland High School.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Southmoreland senior Marissa Luden was recently awarded the Laurel Art Club scholarship.

“Marissa is a very well-rounded art student. She is always willing to try new techniques and materials,” said Elizabeth Goodman, Southmoreland art teacher.

Luden, along with Southmoreland students Brittany Bair of Mt. Pleasant and Nikki Martin of Scottdale, presented their portfolios to Laurel Art Club members during its April meeting. After the students presented their art, club President Ed Guest discussed the materials presented.

“The high quality of the portfolios by all three participants is a testament to their commitment and hard work,” said Guest. “The underlying factor for presenting the scholarship to Luden was the presentation.”

After a unanimous club member vote, the scholarship was awarded to Luden.

The scholarship award was based on a number of factors including the way the art was presented, talent, what the art club members liked about the artwork and future plans of the recipient.

Luden learned about the scholarship from Goodman and has attended two Laurel Art Club meetings.

Luden said art has always been a part of her life, as she developed the love for it drawing as a child. She prefers to work in acrylics and photography. Her favorite subject matter in photography is sunrises and sunsets. She paints whatever interests her from pictures online or in magazines. She hasn't painted from any of her photographs, but would consider it.

Luden entered two acrylic paintings in last year's Laurel Art Club Scottdale Fall Festival contest.

“She has a very creative mind and works very well with others in the art room. She is a very talented girl who has a bright future ahead of her,” Goodman said.

Luden said she is happy to have received the scholarship and will put it to good use when she attends Westmoreland County Community College in the fall, where she plans to earn an associate's degree. Her goal is to open a photography business in the future.

She is a member of Southmoreland's tennis team and art council.

She is the daughter of Regis and Erica Luden of Scottdale.

Kelly Vernon is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-547-5722 or

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