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Letter to the editor

Students sweep art awards


The art students of the Estacada High School Art Department made a strong showing at this year’s Scholastic Art Awards competition. Out of 17 students who entered work, 12 were honored with awards on 15 separate artworks.

This is an in-house record for us on both the number of students participating and number of artworks winning. The following students were honored:

  • Molly Anderson: honorable mention, ceramics & glass and painting
  • Alicia Hart: honorable mention, drawing
  • by: CONTRIBUTED - Lindy Hobart, a senior, created this piece called 'Pushing Daisies.' Her work was judged as a gold key-mixed media piece.

  • Lindy Hobart: gold key, mixed media
  • Katia K.: honorable mention, painting
  • Emma Kirchhofer: honorable mention, ceramics & glass and mixed media
  • Desteny Lewis: honorable mention, drawing
  • Elle MacMurray: honorable mention, drawing
  • Zoie Mowrey: honorable mention, mixed media
  • Peter Nelke: honorable mention, drawing
  • Kendallyn Newton: silver key, drawing
  • Lacey Piersall: honorable mention, painting
  • by: CONTRIBUTED - This piece is titled 'Coffee Gives Me Wings' and was created by Hanna Wood, a junior at Estacada High School. Wood utilized found objects for this piece.

  • Hanna Wood: gold key, sculpture; honorable mention, painting
  • The Portland Metro Scholastic Art Awards encompasses schools from Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties, with around 3,000-3,500 entries each year.

    Artworks are rigorously juried by college art professors and professional artists from the Portland metro area. Artworks are awarded on the criteria of: technical craftsmanship, original content and personal creative vision.

    Art teachers, with their students, assign artworks to various media categories (painting, drawing etc.) and upload images of the work on the Scholastic website.

    Awards in each category include: Gold Key, Silver Key, honorable mention.

    Honorable mentions are for those artworks which judges feel deserve special recognition, but may not meet the level of Silver or Gold.

    Gold Key winning works go onto competition at the national level, where students in all 50 states compete for national scholarship prizes.

    Gold Key artworks will be on display at Pacific NW College of Art in downtown Portland (Pearl District) from now through Friday, Feb. 28, and a reception for all participants will be held from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6.

    I am so proud of all the art students who participated and deep heartfelt congratulations to the winners.

    Janice Packard

    Art Instructor, Estacada High School Art Department



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