Sophia Pilla, a senior from Immaculate High School, has received national recognition from The Scholastic Art and Writing awards competition.\u00a0Sophia, a Ridgefield resident, won the Silver Award for her graphic design piece \u201cDetroit\u201d in the design\u00a0category, after winning the Gold Key Award in the State Scholastic Arts competition.\u00a0Her\u00a0work was selected by some of the foremost leaders in the visual and literary arts for excellence in originality, technical skill and the emergence of a personal voice or vision. Receiving a national medal places Sophia within the top 1% of all submissions.Students across America\u00a0submitted nearly 350,000 original works this year in 29 different categories of art and writing.According to Sophia, \u201cDetroit is a graphic representation of the city of Detroit and it\u2019s long history with the automobile industry.\u00a0\u201cI wanted to capture the city\u2019s historic love of automobiles while incorporating the city itself. The car pictured\u00a0is a Detroit-based Duesenberg from 1930,\u201d she said.\u00a0\u201cI thought the message should be that automobiles made Detroit what it is and not the other way around,\u201d she said. The image of Detroit\u2019s skyline is inside the car\u2019s headlights showing the city\u2019s reflection.\u201dThis\u00a0was the first piece of art that Sophia ever submitted.\u00a0\u201cI created an earlier version of this piece over a year ago and when my graphic design teacher, Samantha Kohler, asked for a piece to submit, I knew I felt the best about \u2018Detroit.\u2019 And with an additional\u00a0year of experience with the programs Illustrator and Photoshop I was able to update my original piece and the art submitted is the final look,\u201d she explained.\u00a0Sophia\u00a0didn\u2019t think she would win anything and is understandably excited to have received this honor. But she also wins in other areas, as she is a nationally ranked Equestrian and competes around the country year round in both Equitation and Jumper disciplines.\u00a0Sophia\u00a0has top finishes in the equitation, hunters and jumpers divisions at premier shows across the country. In 2018, she won the Overall Washington Equitation in Lake Placid (N.Y.) and the Maclay in Wellington (Fla.), which qualified Pilla to compete in the GeorgeMorris Equitation Championship. Pilla also won multiple titles in the Junior Jumpers in 2018, qualifying for the US Jumper Championship in Washington, finishing second in the speed round. Pilla finished in the top 25 at the USEF Medal Finals in 2017. She was\u00a0also a two-time national champion in the Junior Hunters at Devon (PA) in 2015. Pilla recently won the $10,000 Junior Jumper Classic at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington.After\u00a0she graduates, Sophia will attend the University of Georgia\u2019s College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences where she will be a part of their Division 1 Equestrian Team. She plans to become a large animal vet one day.