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National accolades announced for student artists

Thirst for Knowledge by Legend High School senior Jordan Sandt

DOUGLAS COUNTY – Five students from high schools in DCSD have been named National Medalists in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

This year, more than 300,000 submissions were reviewed at the regional level. On average, only the top 5-7% of submissions are considered on the National Level for the Gold and Silver Medals. Renowned artists from around the world participated in the national art judging. These artists are at the top of their fields, and they share the mission of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards: recognizing and fostering creativity.

National award winners from across the country have been invited to attend the a series of events in their honor in New York City. A week of celebration will kick off on June 5 with the opening of the Art.Write.Now.2015 National Exhibition at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at The New School's Parsons School of Design and Pratt Institute’s Pratt Manhattan Gallery, featuring more than 1,000 Award-winning visual and literary works.

Since 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have been judging student work based on 3 original criteria: originality, technical skill, and emergence of personal vision or voice. The Awards have an impressive legacy dating back to 1923 and a noteworthy roster of past winners including Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, John Baldessari, Joyce Carol Oates, Zac Posen, Lena Dunham, and many more.

Student Grade School Award
Ashley Bradley Junior Rock Canyon High School Gold Medal Painting
Camille Kireilis Senior ThunderRidge High School Silver Medal Photography
Heather Monks Senior Castle View High School Silver Medal Photography
Jordan Sandt Senior Legend High School Gold Medal Photography
Amy Zhou Junior Mountain Vista High School Gold Medal Mixed Media

Hollywood Blvd.

Hollywood Blvd. - Ashley Bradley

Student art on display in Douglas County

District Art Show
April 24-27
Lone Tree Arts Center
10075 Commons Street
Lone Tree, CO 80124

Continental League Art Show
April 1-14
Lone Tree Arts Center
10075 Commons Street
Lone Tree, CO 80124
Tuesday, April 14
4:30-6:30 p.m.

District Student Art Awards
"Celebration of Arts"
Monday, May 11
PACE Center
20000 Pikes Peak Avenue
Parker, CO 80138

6-7 p.m.
Viewing and artist reception
7-8:30 p.m.
Awards ceremony

American Beauty

American Beauty - Camille Kireilis


Bandit - Heather Monks

Thirst for Knowledge

Thirst For Knowledge - Jordan Sandt

Walking on Eggshells

Walking On Eggshells - Amy Zhou



March 25, 2015 | By SCPaulsen | Category: District, High School Education

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