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Scholastic Art Awards

April 3, 2011

Heartwood College

Chase Gaewski photograph

Heartwood College hosted a great celebration recently with the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards ceremony at the Coastal House in Wells. “For 88 years the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have provided the nation’s most creative teens with opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication and scholarships,” said Virginia McEnerney, Executive Director of the Alliance. “Over the years these teens have consistently gone on to form the core of their generation’s creative leadership, not only by producing films and exemplifying the values of creative self-expression that the Awards encourage.”

This year’s national award recipients from Maine are:

  • Chase Gaewski, Photography, gr. 12 of Maranacook Community High School, art teacher Linda Phillips
  • Darren Decelles, Painting, gr. 11 of Rangeley Lakes High School, art teacher Sonja Johnson
  • Noelle Webster, Photography, gr. 11 of Cape Elizabeth High School, art teacher Richard Rothlisberger
  • Kylie Pratt, Short Story, gr. 10 of Noble High School, teacher, Adina Hunter

Students and their art teachers will be attending a ceremony in New York City at Carnegie Hall at the end of May!

The annual awards competition is open to students in grades 7-12 who submit works of art and writing for regional adjudication by a panel of local jurors comprised of artists, authors, educators and other arts professionals. Works are judged on originality, technical skill and the emergence of a personal vision or voice and those receiving top honors are then submitted for national adjudication.

Maranacook students Chase Gaewski: 2 gold, 1 silver keys, Honorable mention, Becky White: 1 gold, 2 silver keys, 2 Honoroable mention, Breanna Gorneau: Gold key, and art teacher Linda Phillips

Since 1923 the program has recognized more than 13 million students and made available over $25 million in scholarships. They continue to be the longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens and the largest source of scholarships for artists and writers. the program is generously supported by Scholastic Inc., Maurice R. Robinson Foundation, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, Command Web Offset, AMD Foundation, The New York Times, Dick Blick Co., Ovation, and New York Life Foundation.

For more information please go to http://www.artandwriting.org/Awards/NationalWinners

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