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The art of competition

Six Upper School art students have received Gold Key awards in the regional round of the 2017 Scholastics Art & Writing Awards and will move on to the national competition. Presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, a nonprofit dedicated to identifying and showcasing the work of students with exceptional artistic and literary talent, the national competition is among the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 7–12. National winners earn scholarship opportunities and may have their works included in the annual Art.Write.Now. exhibition at Parsons School of Design, The New School, and Pratt Institute’s Pratt Manhattan Gallery.

In all, 21 Friends Upper Schoolers entered the competition. Of these, 15 were recognized at the regional level. Upper School Art Department Chair Ben Roach praised all students who entered the prestigious contest, noting that “submitting work for a juried ‘call for entry’ is no small feat, particularly when it coincides with exam week!” Participation in the Scholastic competition has grown at Friends. In 2016, six students submitted works, with four earning Gold Keys. Following is the list of Friends' regional winners, including this year's Gold Key recipients:
Mary Budnitz ’17, Digital Art, Pirate (Gold Key)
Brenna Firlie ‘18, Painting, “Through the Windshield” (Gold Key); Painting, “Baltimore Penn Station” (Gold Key); painting, “Florence Flowers” (Honorable Mention); painting, “Time Lapse” (Honorable Mention)
Sofia Geocadin ’19, Printmaking, “London” (Gold Key)
Jackson Roberts ’17, Film & Animation, “Pencils” (Gold Key); Film & Animation, “Vivid Memory Project: Mary Roberts” (Gold Key)
Kate Seim ‘19, Digital Art, “introvert extrovert” (Gold Key)
Lucera Whitmore ’19, Painting, “Nina” (Gold Key); Drawing and Illustration, “Bolton Hill” (Honorable Mention); Painting, “Snowfarm” (Honorable Mention)
Renee Audette ’18, Drawing and Illustration, “Don't Throw Any of Yourself Away” (Silver Key)
Hanna Field ’17, Art Portfolio, People (Honorable Mention); Mixed Media, “line” (Honorable Mention)
Charlie Hallock ’18, Digital Art, “Surreal Guitar” (Honorable Mention)
Amanda Holland ’20, Photography, “Statement” (Honorable Mention)
Kai Jenrette ’19, Digital Art, “Self” (Honorable Mention); Digital Art, “Red Hot” (Honorable Mention)
Maya Kirk ’17, Art Portfolio, “Range” (Honorable Mention)
Nicole Vershov ’18, Painting, “The Flight” (Honorable Mention)
Julia Weinberg ’18, Photography, “Motivation” (Honorable Mention)
Chenjiayi Ye ’18, Drawing and Illustration, “Still Life 1” (Honorable Mention)

Cover image: "The Flight" by Nicole Vershov '18
 
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