District Artists Shine In Scholastic Art And Writing Contest

Maya Sutliff's drawing of a young girl's self haircut won a Gold Key in the Drawing & Illustration category.

Artwork created by students from Lakewood High School, West Shore Career-Tech’s Media Art & Design program and Harding Middle School earned more than 40 honors, including 11 highest honors, in the annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards regional competition. In total, Lakewood and West Tech students earned 45 recognitions.

Winners of a Gold Key, the highest honor given, are Kaylee Banhidy, Garrett Bodnar, Micah Inak, Faiza Manaa, Sara McMillen, Elyza Mihalski, Balint Muller (double winner), Ava Olic, Maya O’Reilly and Maya Sutliff. Gold Key winners move on to be judged at the national level of the 93-year-old competition. Only one other high school in the region had more Gold Keys awarded.

Lakewood and West Shore students were also heavily represented at the Silver Key and Honorable Mention levels. Thirteen students won 15 Silver Keys, including two by Jessica Paul and Jueun Lee. Nineteen students earned Honorable Mention designations for their art or writing, including two mentions for Dale Bruere, Lauren Lowell and Ava Olic.

The Cleveland Institute of Art hosts the regional competition that recognizes creative achievement in area 7-12 grade students. The young artists compete for cash prizes, medals, and scholarship awards. A panel of local professional artists, art educators, writers, and writing educators jury the exhibit and select the awarded pieces from nearly 3,000 entries. Students who receive Portfolio Awards and Gold Key Awards continue to the national competition held in the spring in New York City.

This year’s Regional winners in the art categories will be on display in the Art Gallery at the Cleveland Institute of Art beginning this month. Winners will be recognized at an award ceremony on Jan. 14 at the Cleveland Institute of Art. Congratulations to all the winners and teachers Amy Garritano, Dayna Hansen, Sonja Kreps, Anne McQuay, Arline Olear, Autumn Sabin and Amy Sedlak.

Gold Key Winners: (approximately 7-10% of regional entries)

Kaylee Banhidy – Photography
Garrett Bodnar – Printmaking
Micha Inak – Design
Faiza Manaa – Drawing & Illustration
Sara McMillen – Digital Art
Elyza Mihalski – Drawing & Illustration
Balint Muller – Photography (2 awards)
Ava Olic – Drawing & Illustration
Maya O’Reilly – Ceramics & Glass
Maya Sutliff  – Drawing & Illustration

Silver Key Winners: (approximately 10-15% of regional entries)

Kaylee Banhidy – Photography
Haleigh Barrett – Photography
Morgaine Brennan – Digital Art
Victoria Donegan – Ceramics & Glass
Mira Getrost (Harding) – Short Story
Jueun Lee – Digital Art; Film & Animation
Lauren Lowell – Digital Art
Jennifer Meyer – Printmaking
Isabel Ostrowski - Poetry
Jessica Paul – Painting; Drawing & Illustration
Emily Pearlman – Printmaking
Holly Pursel – Photography
Juia Wozniakowski – Photography

Honorable Mentions: (approximately 15-20% of regional entries)

Kaylee Banhidy – Photography
Garrett Bodnar – Printmaking
Dale Bruere – Drawing & Illustration; Comic Art
Isabel Cintron – Ceramics & Glass
Clare Ciolli – Photography
Greyley Cook – Photography
Isabella Dombrowski – Mixed Media
Veronica Lee - Drawing & Illustration
Lauren Lowell – Digital Art; Film & Animation
Sara McMillen – Printmaking
Ava Olic - Drawing & Illustration; Printmaking
Jessica Paul - Drawing & Illustration
Jamuna Poudel – Photography
Paul Query – Photography
Elizabeth Scott – Photography
Julia Wozniakowski - Photography

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Volume 13, Issue 2, Posted 1:46 PM, 01.24.2017