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Columbia High School Sophomore Elizabeth Crofton Recognized at 2019 Scholastic Art Awards

Columbia High School Sophomore Elizabeth Crofton has been recognized for the 2019 Scholastic Art Awards in the Northern New Jersey Art Region. Her entry is a painting called “Defying Boundaries.”

Crofton’s painting responds to the fact that, despite having more than 560 astronauts visit space, only 60 or more of those astronauts have been women. Of those, only three have been black women. Crofton was inspired to honor these three astronauts—Mae Jemison, Stephanie Wilson, and Joan Higginbotham—who helped create history, opened doors for women everywhere, and inspired generations to come.

In fact, Elizabeth is a student pilot and started flying when she was 13. As a young female aspiring to be an aviator, she was inspired by these women who helped push boundaries, not only of the laws of science themselves, but also those of society.

Elizabeth was one of artists recognized by the 2019 Scholastic Art Awards: Northern New Jersey Region Awards Ceremony and Opening Reception at Montclair Art Museum on February 28, 2019.

Elizabeth Crofton’s “Defying Boundaries,” featuring the three Black female astronauts Mae Jemison, Stephanie Wilson and Joan Higginbotham.

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