Athens High School students recognized at Scholastic Art Awards

Pictured is Under the Lights (acrylic) — one of Arin Rockwell’s Gold Key Paintings.

ATHENS — Several art and ceramics students at Athens Area High School received recognition in this year’s Scholastic Art Awards.

In fact, Athens had more pieces accepted than any other school in the region, which includes several counties from New York and Pennsylvania.

The Scholastic Art Awards is the nation’s longest running (since 1923) and most prestigious art competition for high school students. Many famous artists and creatives received their first recognition in this program, including Andy Warhol. Students who receive Gold Key Awards have their work go on to be judged at the national level. These students completed the work as part of the AAHS art program under the direction of drawing and painting teacher Dr. Andrew Wales and ceramics teacher Mrs. Elizabeth Ellis.

Senior Arin Rockwell received a Gold Key award for her portfolio The Circus of Life, as well as two Gold Keys in Painting, a Silver Key in Painting, a Silver Key in Drawing & Illustration, and three Honorable Mention Awards in Painting. Other Athens students receiving recognition include:

  • Connor Brown- Gold Key, Painting
  • Zachariah Earls — Gold Key, Ceramics & Glass
  • Emma White — Gold Key in Mixed Media and Silver Key, Photography
  • Christine Daugherty- Silver Key, Printmaking
  • Katie Gorman — Silver Key, Digital art and Honorable Mention, Digital Art
  • Vegas Alfred -Honorable Mention, Ceramics & Glass and Honorable Mention, Art Portfolio
  • Nyanna Beeman, Honorable Mention, Drawing & Illustration
  • Michael Gee — Honorable Mention, Photography
  • Kaylee Grazul — Honorable Mention, Ceramics & Glass
  • Madelyn Jones — Honorable Mention, Drawing & Illustration
  • Hali’a Kocsis — Honorable Mention, Photography
  • Nora Le — Honorable Mention, Painting
  • Shelby Morris — Honorable Mention, Ceramics & Glass
  • Madison Park — Honorable Mention, Ceramics & Glass
  • Taegan Williams — Honorable Mention, Painting
  • Brandon Wilson — Honorable Mention, Editorial Cartoon.

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