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Scholastic Art and Writing Awards: Carroll senior Dillon Olney's art is personal

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Young artists

What: Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, co-sponsored by The News-Sentinel, Macy's Foundation and Fort Wayne Art League.

When: 1 p.m. Saturday

Where: Grand Wayne Convention Center, 120 W. Jefferson Blvd.

Note: Honored students' art and writing work will be available for public viewing at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art after the museum reopens March 27. School groups can arrange to tour the exhibit before that date by calling 422-6467, Ext. 319.

Thursday, February 11, 2010 - 12:35 am

Dillon Olney is half naked in his self-portrait.

His arms and chest are covered with words and images he penned on himself with a marker. His jeans ride lower than his boxers, as is the style with many young men these days.

But the most significant detail in the photo, which is taken from the shoulders down, is the insulin pump hooked up to a patch on his abdomen. It likely correlates to one of the words drawn on his torso: “vulnerable.”

Olney, a senior at Carroll High School, also has written about how being diagnosed with diabetes has changed him. His ability to express himself artistically and in writing has resulted in an unprecedented three Gold Keys in the Scholastic Art Awards, for his photography, art and writing portfolios.

He and other talented students will be recognized during the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards ceremony at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Grand Wayne Convention Center.

“(Dillon) is probably the most unique individual I've ever met,” said Nicole Croy, a photography teacher at Carroll. “I can sense or recognize a Dillon piece from far away.”

With talent in photography, art and writing, Olney said his future plans are “kind of open-ended right now.” He loves “artwork, writing, discussion and debate.” His writing varies from a compilation of poetry dealing with nuclear warfare to an experimental piece he “can't even explain.”

In addition to art and writing, Olney also is in show choir and has been in school musicals. He's looking at Indiana University, Ohio State and Ball State for college but hasn't figured out what to major in yet. Whatever he decides, Olney plans to at least “dabble in some art courses.”