Artists Earn More Than 25 Awards in Scholastic Art and Writing Competition

NILES NORTH ARTISTS EARN MORE THAN 25 AWARDS IN SCHOLASTIC ART AND WRITING COMPETITION

 

These teens could be the next Andy Warhol, Stephen King, or Zac Posen

 

Niles North High School artists received more than 25 awards in the Scholastic Art and 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.

 

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.

 

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. Gold Key winners:  Soley Johnson, Mixed Media; Jasmine David, Painting; Henry Shield, Drawing and Illustration (2 awards); Shane Tolentino, Drawing and Illustration; Dennis Tsechen, Drawing and Illustration; Gabby Ubaldo, Sculpture.

 

Silver Key winners demonstrate a high level of achievement. Approximately seven to 10 percent of all regional submissions earn Silver Key Awards. Silver Key winners: Shane Tolentino, Art Portfolio; Sidney Faanunu, Painting; Saba Bhaila, Painting; Kim Fernandez, Painting; Rosie Hankes, Painting; Dennis Tsechen, Drawing and Illustration; Shane Tolentino, Drawing and Illustration (2 awards); Henry Shield, Drawing and Illustration; Beth Keegan, Drawing and Illustration; Beth Keegan, Architecture and Industrial Design; Ava Rosenberg; Photography; and Gabby Ubaldo, Sculpture.

 

The Honorable Mention Award recognizes students with artistic potential. Honorable Mention is awarded to the top 10 to 15% of all regional submissions. Honorable Mention: Jasmine David, Painting; Shane Tolentino, Painting and Drawing and Illustration; Dennis Tsechen, Drawing and Illustration; Emily McCarthy, Photography; and Gabby Ubaldo, Sculpture.

 

The Alliance presents over $250,000 annually in awards and scholarships to top winners of the awards and their teachers.