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WHS artists receive 55 awards in the 2017 Minnesota Scholastic Art Awards Contest

South Washington County Schools is excited to announce Woodbury High School has received 55 awards in the 2017 Minnesota Scholastic Art Awards Contest, setting a new record in awards brought home from this prestigious competition.

Awards received include 10 Gold Keys, 15 Silver Keys, and 30 Honorable Mentions. 50 of the 55 Awards were given to WHS students who are or have been in the WHS Advanced Placement Studio Arts Program.

Additionally, Senior Isabella DelCastillo received The American Vision Award as “Best of Show” for her photograph titled, “Discussion of Cheese.” Her artwork will represent the midwest at the national level. The artists of the five most outstanding works of art from all of the artwork entered in each regional competition receive the American Vision Award. All regional winners will then compete on the national level as “American Vision nominees.”

All award recipients from Woodbury High School are as follows:

10 Gold Key Awards

Photographs - Olivia Boffeli Portfolio (8 photographs), Isabella DelCastillo, Emma Lyons, Gemma Warren

Paintings - Felix Oh (3 awards), Nadia Porycky (2 awards)

Graphic Design - Shawna Reagan

15 Silver Key Awards

Photographs - David Blong (2 awards), Olivia Boffeli, Ally Griebler (2 awards), Emma Kranz (3 awards), Emma Lyons, Roya Ojarood (2 awards), Jenna Penticoff (3 awards), Jazmin Weidell

30 Honorable Mention Awards

Photographs - Jill Ahmann (2 awards), Olivia Boffeli (3 awards), Chaya Gangsei (2 awards), Roya Ojarood (2 awards), Jenna Penticoff (2 awards), Johanna Nevin, Gemma Warren, Jazmin Weidell (3 awards)

Ceramics - Myranda Broich, Ava Frase, Madison Frederick, Ryan Hamilton, Cecile Kieger, Beatrice Peters (3 awards), Aleah Ryan

Painting – Jenny Li, Nadia Porycky, Felix Oh (2 awards – 1 Painting, 1 Portfolio – 9 drawings and paintings)

Graphic Design - Shawna Reagan

This year the MN competition had more than 4300 entries submitted. Any student (Public, Private, or Home Schooled) in 7 through 12 grade was eligible to submit one or more works of art. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have become the nation's largest and longest running program of its kind.

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. The Jurors look for originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal vision or voice. Works that are judged as being successful for inclusion in the 2017 exhibit are awarded: a Gold Key Award, a Silver Key Award or an Honorable Mention.

The Art exhibition is held at the U of M Regis Center for Arts from Jan. 31-Feb. 18.