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WVCSD students receive gold, silver awards in Scholastic Art and Writing competition

on February 9, 2015

Works will be on display at SUNY New Paltz theough Feb. 24

The results are in for the 2015 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, and nine Warwick Valley Central School District students have earned honors.

At the high school, three students earned Gold Key Awards.

  • Alexis Zarow earned gold for a black-and-white photograph of a young girl looking out a window, titled “The Encounter.”
  • Emily Held won for “Rainy Day Hardships,” a printmaking piece of a female figure holding an umbrella, and
  • Charlotte O’Sullivan won for “Kate,” a colored pastel portrait.

Shannon Higgins, Melanie Loperena, and Max Vonderhorst received Silver Key Awards for their outstanding artwork.

Shannon Higgins took home silver for “Blissful Harmony,” a jewelry pendent. Melanie Loperena won for “James,” digital art of a male figure, and Maxwell Vonderhorst won for his digital animation “The Circle of Life.”

Three awards were garnered at the Middle School.

Gold Keys were awarded to Charlotte Stanton for “The Artist,” a pencil value drawn portrait, and to Kody Zachgo for the “The Elephant,” a pen/ink drawing. Emma Jakubik earned a Silver Key Award for “Woman in White,” a pencil value drawn portrait. The Gold Key recipients will be moving on and competing with artists across the country for scholarship opportunities and recognition.

The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, presented the students with their key awards on Friday, Feb. 6, at SUNY New Paltz. Their artworks will be displayed at SUNY New Paltz in the Rotunda Building through Feb. 24.

Warwick Valley Central School District will display all of this year’s Scholastic participants on Monday, March 9, from 6:30-7 p.m., before the Board of Education meeting. The Board will recognize all of the artists following the exhibit.

About the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

Since 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards recognized the talent of our nation’s youth, and provided opportunities for creative teens to be celebrated. Students across America submitted 255,000 original works during for 2014 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. This is Warwick Valley’s second consecutive year participating in this event.

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