American Visions Medal Winner and Other National Winners in Scholastic Art & Writing Contest
NILES WEST STUDENT WINS AMERICAN VISIONS MEDAL IN SCHOLASTIC ART & WRITING COMPETITION; 8 NATIONAL AWARD WINNERS
Niles West High School artists received eight National awards and 126 Regional awards in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition sponsored by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, an organization that identifies teens with exceptional literary and artistic talent. The competition, founded in 1923, is the nation’s longest-running, largest, most prestigious recognition program for creative teenagers in the visual and literary arts. Notable past winners include Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford and Joyce Carol Oates.
For the first time in Niles West history, an art student is being awarded with the American Visions Award and Medal. Christine Kim’s photograph, Hannah and Khloe, was given the Best in Show award (the highest honor) at the Regional level. Her piece was one in five out of the thousands of submissions to go on to compete for the top prize at the National level. This award is given to the artist whose work most exemplifies originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision. From the pool of Regional nominees, an esteemed panel of jurors in New York City then selects one artist from each region to receive an American Visions Medal. Christine Kim was our region’s American Visions Medal winner! These Medalists are recognized at the National Ceremony and Art.Write.Now exhibition in New York City. The Awards are an important opportunity for students to be recognized for their creative talents. Teens in grades 7 through 12 can apply in almost 30 categories of art and writing for the chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited or published. Nearly 70,000 students are recognized on the regional level: students who received Gold Keys advance to national adjudication.
The following winners have all earned National recognition in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards of 2017 out of 330,000 submissions. These eight Niles West students have been identified by panels of creative professionals as some of the most talented young artists in the nation.
AMERICAN VISIONS MEDAL: Christine Kim (photography)
GOLD MEDAL: Jazmin Alvarado (Digital Art), Jenni Balliu (Ceramics and Glass), Anna Heins (Digital Art), Haniya Sidiqque (Photography)
SILVER MEDAL: Edena Alvarado (photography), Angela Christodoulou (Drawing and Illustration), Daniella Thach (Drawing and Illustration). These students were in the top 1% recognized for their artwork at the National Level.
Gold Key winners have achieved the highest level of recognition on the regional level. Their work is sent to compete on a national level for scholarships. Results will be announced in March. Gold Key award winners represent the top 5% to 7% of all entries.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Edena Alvarado (two awards), Megan Bulmash, Angela Christodoulou, Claire Embil (two awards), Adriana Ene (two awards), Ramisha Haque (two awards), Anna Heins, Nikolina Jambrusic, Abby Logsdon, Sarahi Rodriguez, Haniya Siddique
DIGITAL ART: Jazmin Alvarado, Anna Hatzopoulos, Anna Heins, Christine Lee, Anna Schafer,
DESIGN: (Niles West swept this category with all Gold Key winners coming from Niles West High School). Nicole Cwiok, Abby Logsdon, Jack Shimabukuro, Uros Tubic
CERAMICS & GLASS: Jenni Balliu
DRAWING: Daniella Thach and Angela Christodoulou
Silver Key winners demonstrate a high level of achievement. Approximately 10 to 15 percent of all regional submissions earn Silver Key Awards.
Hana Comor, Daniella Thach, Angela Christodoulou, Brendan O'Shaughnessy
DRAWING: Hana Comor, Anna Hatzopoulos, Daniella Thach
PHOTOGRAPHY: Edena Alvarado (two awards), Nicole Cwiok, Matthew Danielak, Adriana Ene (two awards), Giselle Hernandez, Frances Kang, Kaashif Khan, Bonnie Ledford, Sarahi Rodriguez (four awards), Anna Schafer (two awards), Zoha Ullah
DIGITAL ART: Edena Alvarado, Jazmin Alvarado, Adriana Ene (two awards), Anna Hatzopoulos, Kaashif Khan (two awards), Christine Lee, Nick Loucopoulos, Zachary Montalvo, Sarahi Rodriguez, Anna Schafer
DESIGN: Claire Embil, Adriana Ene
MIXED MEDIA: Abby Logsdon
PAINTING: Angela Christodoulou (four awards), Daniella Thach
SCULPTURE: Milton Guendica, Brendan O'Shaughnessy
CERAMICS & GLASS: Brendan O’Shaughnessy
The Honorable Mention Award recognizes students with artistic potential. Approximately 15 to 20 percent of all regional submissions receive these awards.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Andrea Adap, Juveriya Ali, Jazmin Alvarado, Mary Chagatai, Claire Embil (three awards), Adriana Ene, Angel Figueroa, Anna Heins, Nikolina Jambrusic, Bonnie Ledford (two awards), Christine Lee (two awards), Jenna Moore (two awards), Hannah Paul, Sarahi Rodriguez (two awards), Valantia Sarolas, Jack Shimabukuro (two awards), Azeem Sundrani, Daniella Thach, Mark Askharia, Serika Laguit
DIGITAL ART: Edena Alvarado, Claire Embil, Adriana Ene (two awards), Anna Hatzopoulos, Anna Heins, Giselle Hernandez, Bonnie Ledford (two awards), Nick Loucopoulos, Zachary Montalvo (two awards), Anna Schafer (two awards)
DESIGN: Alexandra Beiza, Adriana Ene, Christine Lee, Anna Schafer, Uros Tubric
DRAWING: Nicole Cwiok, Justin Lee, Daniella Thach(2x)
CERAMICS & GLASS: Nico Bedrejo, Mary Elizabeth Gonzalez.
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