This digital artwork was created by Jimin Lee, an eighth grader at Valley Catholic Middle School. Lee’s piece was honored with a Gold Key Award by Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. (Courtesy Valley Catholic School)
This digital artwork was created by Jimin Lee, an eighth grader at Valley Catholic Middle School. Lee’s piece was honored with a Gold Key Award by Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. (Courtesy Valley Catholic School)

BEAVERTON — Jimin Lee, an eighth grader at Valley Catholic Middle School, has been honored with a Scholastic Art and Writing Gold Key Award for her digital artwork. Her piece has been submitted to the national level competition.

“My artwork is called ‘System Overload,’ which is illustrated through the glitches and panicked appearance of the girl,” Lee told her school. “This was inspired by many of my experiences through the pandemic — hence, the mask — showing the overwhelmed feelings I felt when the world as I knew it changed completely in a matter of weeks.

“It also represents the shock and alarm caused by the sudden changes in my life,” she said.

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards is a project of the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. The awards give students opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication and scholarships, according to the organization’s website. The website also said students across the country entered nearly 320,000 original works last year in 28 different categories of art and writing.