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Academy Students Awarded Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

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St. Johnsbury Academy Fine Arts students won a total of 45 regional awards in this year's Scholastic Art & Writing competition. Three students received Gold Key awards, qualifying them for the national competition; five students won Silver Keys; 37 students received honorable mentions.

The three Gold Keys were awarded to: seniors, Sofia DiMartino and Sydney Benjamin in Printmaking, and Samantha Storz in Photography. The five Silver Keys were awarded to: seniors, Samantha Storz (2) in Photography, Kristi Hannett in Photography, Sohee Koh in Painting, and Thyme Plummer Krause in Printmaking.

Honorable mentions in Photography were received by: seniors, Holly Brown, Tyler Emerson, Kristi Hannett, Samantha Storz, Aren Tulp and Amber Wood; and juniors, Jessica Brink, Elijah Buzby, Eli Hale, Emily Luther, Linus Nygard and Hannah Roberts.

Seniors, Sofia DiMartino, Thyme Plummer-Krause and Aren Tulp, and junior Zhe Wang received honorable mentions in Printmaking. Seniors, Zichao "Angelina" Zhang and Tian Tian "Tina" Wang received honorable mentions in Fashion Design. Junior Joseph Uyanik received an honorable mention in Digital Design.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards website reads, "Since 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have recognized the vision, ingenuity, and talent of our nation's youth, and provided opportunities for creative teens to be celebrated. Each year, increasing numbers of teens participate in the program, and become a part of our community -- young artists and writers, filmmakers and photographers, poets and sculptors, along with countless educators who support and encourage the creative process. Students across America submitted 255,000 original works during our 2014 program year."

Head of the Fine Arts department Rosie Prevost said, "Making art, as with any pursuit of excellence, takes time and dedication. Behind that finished piece of art there is a process of practice, trial and error, revisions and reshoots, successes and failures. Our fine art students have actively engaged in this creative process resulting in their work being recognized in this prestigious competition."

Headmaster Tom Lovett said, "To have 45 students honored in a national competition of any kind is a tremendous achievement, and to have so many honors in a creative competition is even more impressive. Rosie and her arts faculty, as well as our creative writing faculty, are able to inspire such excellence because they are professional artists and published authors in their own right. They understand the creative process, hard work, and revision that go into creating great works of art. So, while we are extremely proud of the accomplishments of these students, we are equally proud of the excellence of our faculty."

Students' award-winning work was exhibited at the Brattleboro museum through last weekend; a special ceremony celebrating the award recipients took place on March 7.

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