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Art Kids Get the Win

Lauren Pennington, writer, photographer

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This Friday, art students received their results from Scholastic Arts and Writing Competition. This is a nationwide competition where high school students of all ages submit all forms of art and writing for a chance to win an Honorable Mention, Silver Key, or Gold Key. Bob Jones came back with many wins in the 2017 Awards. One recipient was Maggie Moore.

Maggie won an Honorable Mention for her portfolio and a Gold Key for her painting “Commuovere.” Maggie explained, “It was inspiring to place, especially since I essentially painted my piece that placed with my tears. Art is difficult… but exceptionally rewarding, not just because of the recognition, but because it is enjoyable… and freeing and connects people to each other.”

Bob Jones art teacher, Robin Lakso, explained the competition as “a wonderful opportunity to get work out there for professionals to look at what high school students are doing.” Lakso then added, “Sometimes there is disappointment, but that’s everywhere when you open yourself up for critique. It depends on who is looking or watching what you do. It depends on how a piece of artwork ‘speaks’ to an audience.”

Elisa Castaneda was not disappointed as she won a Gold Key for her piece. “When I found out, I was really confused because I didn’t know what it meant. When I looked it up and saw I was eligible for a scholarship, I got so excited that I almost started crying and I was blushing really hard; it was good motivation.”

Scholastic Arts and Writing competition is a great opportunity for creative students. Those who have won will not only receive a nice pat on the back but also a chance for a scholarship. 

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