Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Scholastic Art Awards 2014-2015

Congratulations to the following Burlington students who received individual Gold Keys, Silver Keys and Honorable Mentions at the annual Boston Globe Scholastic Art Awards competition. Awards for portfolios will be announced later.

At the high school level, Honorable Mentions were earned by:

Taylor LeRoux - Fashion
Jovan Sematimba - Drawing and Illustration category
Samantha Sheppard - Digital Art
Jillian Sullivan - Drawing and Illustration
Melanie Sunnerberg - Fashion
Brenna Tedesco - Drawing and Illustration
Anne Zhang - Drawing and Illustration (3)

Silver Keys were earned by:

Aysha Afzal - Design category
Abigail Hogan - Fashion
Michael Meneghini - Ceramics & Glass
Mat Mitchell - Photography

Two Gold Keys went to Anne Zhang, for two pieces in the Drawing and Illustration category.

At the middle school level, Honorable Mentions were earned by:

Ashley Koman - Photography
Neil Pandit - Photography

Silver Keys were earned by:

Sydney Craig - Photography (2)
Madison Green - Photography
Emily Marquis - Photography
Analicia Padilla - Photography

Gold Keys went to:

Jordan Casaubon - Photography
Olivia Virgin - Photography

In addition, Jordan Casaubon has been selected as a nominee for the American Visions & Voices Award for a photograph entitled Train Ride. This nomination is exceedingly rare, as only five pieces of artwork and five pieces of written work are nominated every year, and Scholastic receives over 15,000 submissions per year in Massachusetts. Jordan and the other four nominees will have their work forwarded on to the national American Voices competition to determine the very best in art submissions this year, and the national winners will be announced in mid-March.

A regional ceremony for Gold and Silver Key winning artwork will be held on March 7 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Gold Key work will be on display in an exhibition at 808 Gallery at Boston University (808 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215) from March 7 - 15.

The Gold Key winning pieces will now go on to the National competition.

About the Competition

From the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards website: (

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards began as a small writing contest with a $5 prize and six winning applicants in 1923. Today, more than 90,000 teens in grades 7 through 12 from around the nation annually submit more than 185,000 works of art and writing in 28 categories. Winning students earn opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication and scholarships.

The Awards, now presented by the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, not only celebrate the rich future of artistic America, but also document its past. The program has been credited with identifying early talent in generations of America’s cultural icons, including Truman Capote (1932), Richard Avedon (1941), Andy Warhol (ca. 1945), Sylvia Plath (1947), Robert Redford (1954) and Zac Posen (1998), each of whom won the award when they were in high school...Richard Avedon called winning his Scholastic Award, "the defining moment of my life."

A selection of the award-winning pieces are below:

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