LHS Artists Earn Top Regional Awards

Aaron Kovach's self portrait made with only his thumb and an ink pad won him a Gold Key award.

The strength of the Lakewood High Art Department and West Shore Career-Tech’s Interactive Media (IM) program shine through in the prestigious Scholastic Art & Writing Awards national competition, which includes eight LHS students to be honored with the top regional award. The eight Gold Key winners in the Cuyahoga County Region will have their artwork judged on the national level next month.

Each year more than 77,000 students in grades 7-12 participate in the 90-year-old Scholastic competition. The process begins across the country as young artists and writers submit more than 100,000 creative works of art and writing in 28 categories to a network of regional affiliates that locally present the awards. Panelists of experts in their fields look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.

The most outstanding works of art and writing from each region are forwarded to New York City to be judged with the best in the nation. This year’s Regional winners are currently hanging in the Art Gallery at the Cleveland Institute of Art located at University Circle.

Congratulations to all of the district’s 2012 Scholastic Art winners:

Gold Key Winners: (approximately 7-10% of regional entries)
Hannah Chambers - Comic Art, (IM)
Jacob Corder - Sculpture
Giorgi Devito - Ceramic
Hannah Kiraly - Photography, (IM)
Aaron Kovach - Drawing
Jackie Miller - Photography
Zac Webb (2) – Film, Photography (IM)

Silver Key Winners: (approximately 10-15% of regional entries)
Richard Bottiglier - Animation, (IM)
Zachery Hayes - Digital Art
Aaron Kovach- Painting
Abigail Norman - Mixed Media
Andrea Tsiros - Drawing

Honorable Mentions: (approximately 15-20% of regional entries)
Hayden Bish - Painting
Hannah Chambers - Design
Maeve Christie - Photography
Jacob Corder - Photography, Drawing
Zachery Hayes – Photography
Aaron Kovach – Drawing
Sarah Neff – Drawing (2)
Jazmyn Paoli – Drawing
Chelsey Ulsenheimer - Photography

The Scholastic Awards were founded in 1923 to offer recognition and scholarships for talented students and have made available more than $25 million in awards and scholarships since then.

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Volume 9, Issue 1, Posted 9:24 PM, 01.08.2013