Students' Art Earns Top Scholastic Contest Honors

Darnasia Shields' Gold Key photograph.

Students from Lakewood High School and the West Shore Career-Tech Media Art & Design earned a high number of awards in the annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards regional competition held in December, including eight Gold Keys, the highest honor given, and 44 total pieces honored overall.

Lakewood students were also well-represented at the Silver Key and Honorable Mention levels. Eleven students won 14 Silver Keys, including two by seniors Sara Bitter and Emily Perry. Twenty-two students earned Honorable Mention designations for their art.

Congratulations to our Gold Key winners:  Lakewood High art students Lillian Horschke, Emily Perry, Lillian Utrata, and Inga Wilhelmy; and West Shore Media Art & Design students Sarah Drago, Darnasia Shields, Max Sloan, and Turner Sorge. Gold Key winners move on to be judged at the national level of the 94-year-old competition.

Lakewood High Art Department facilitator Amy Sedlak credits the abundance of awards to a combination of student talent and creative teaching. 

“Every year we strive to teach our students new and innovative ideas, such as conceptual thought vs. copy and paste. The past few years we have successfully implemented these ideas into our program and we have seen a large increase in our students winning regionally and nationally in the Scholastic Art Awards,” Sedlak said. 

Media Art & Design teacher Anne McQuay added: “I am proud to teach such an amazing and creative group of young people who are consistently being recognized for their skill and vision in digital design and photography.” 

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 are recognized on the national level are invited to attend an awards ceremony in the spring in New York City.

This year’s regional winners will be honored at an awards ceremony on January 19 at the Cleveland Institute of Art and their work will be on display in the CIA’s art gallery through February 1. Congratulations to all the winners and their teachers Dayna Hansen, Anne McQuay, Arline Olear, Autumn Sabin and Amy Sedlak.

Gold Key Winners: (approximately 7-10% of regional entries)
Sarah Drago – Photography (West Shore)
Lillian Horschke – Printmaking
Emily Perry – Drawing & Illustration
Darnasia Shields – Photography (West Shore)
Max Sloan – Film & Animation (West Shore)
Turner Sorge – Photography (West Shore)
Lillian Utrata – Drawing & Illustration
Inga Wilhelmy – Mixed Media

Silver Key Winners: (approximately 10-15% of regional entries)
Sara Bitter (2) – Printmaking, Film & Animation (West Shore & LHS)
Emily Gowan – Photography
Lillian Horschke – Printmaking
Patrick McCallum (2) – Drawing & Illustration
Gabrielle Merk – Photography (West Shore)
Kallie Mitchell – Photography
Emily Perry (2) – Drawing & Illustration, Painting
Turner Sorge – Digital Art (West Shore)
Connor Starowesky – Photography (West Shore)
Lillian Utrata - Painting
Hayley Welsh – Painting

Honorable Mention:
Sophia Ashby (2) – Photography (West Shore)
Ella Atfield –  Drawing & Illustration
Sara Bitter – Comic Art (West Shore)
Esther Dolatowski – Drawing & Illustration
Josie Filice – Painting
Andres Gonzalez – Painting
Sydney Heckeler – Photography
Lillian Horschke – Printmaking
Jane Kalinowski (2) – Drawing & Illustration
Ivy Keeper – Painting
Benjamin Ryniak – Photography (West Shore)
Ethan Sheer – Digital Art (West Shore)
Zed Skinner – Photography
Connor Starowesky – Photography (West Shore)
James Toole – Painting
Lillian Utrata (2) – Printmaking, Drawing & Illustration
Avery Waffen (2) – Film & Animation, Photography (West Shore)
Audrey Warren – Painting

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Volume 15, Issue 2, Posted 3:50 PM, 01.22.2019