Avon Lake High School Students Excel at Scholastic Art Awards Program

Nathan Peachman’s Gold Key winning piece (he earned 3 Gold Keys). Those works earning a regional “Gold Key” advance directly to national jurying in New York City this spring.

The Lorain County Regional Scholastic Art Exhibition has been providing a program to recognize, exhibit and honor excellence in visual art from 7-12 grade students for over 50 years.

The Scholastic Art Awards program is the largest annual art competition in the country. Students in schools across the United States and Canada create the 150,000 entries each year.

The Lorain County region includes public and private middle and high schools from Lorain, Erie and Huron counties. Over 1,700 works were entered from the three counties. Local art teachers entered a variety of two and three-dimensional works this year.

Work was juried by an esteemed panel of art and design professionals and professors from northeast Ohio. Work was judged by originality, technical skill and emergence of personal vision and voice. The high school students are competed together, grades 9-12, at the “varsity level” within various separate media categories.

Students earn third place “Honorable Mention”, second place “Silver Key” and the first place of “Gold Key.” Placing among the 500 pieces in this show is like placing in “districts” in sports. Those works earning a regional “Gold Key” here advance directly to national jurying in New York City this spring.

The exhibit is hosted at the Stocker Center gallery on the campus of Lorain County Community College and funded by Nordson Corporation Foundation, C. Paul Stocker Arts Foundation and Lorain County Community College. The exhibit runs now through Feb. 22 and is open to the public. A Gold Key awards ceremony and reception will be held on Feb. 10 for the Gold Key winners. Beth K. Stocker Gallery hours are Mon. – Fri. 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with Tues., Wed., and Thurs. evenings 4 to 6:30 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. The gallery is also open during Stocker Center Hoke Theater performances.

Avon Lake High School art teachers are Christian Fredriksen and Yvonne Craigo.

Scholastic Art Avon Lake winners (name and grade) 2019:

Gold Key: Evelyn Hartsel, 11; Bradley Lloyd, 12; Liam Mealey, 11 (2 Gold Keys); Nathan Peachman, 12 (3 Gold Keys); Evie Powers, 9; Israa Salem, 12; Mackenzie Tyson, 12; Abigail Walsh, 9; Kathleen Whalen, 12

Silver Key: Sydney Affolter, 9; Noah Castillo, 11; Nicole Duvall, 11; Brett Enders, 10; Evelyn Hartsel, 11; Corinne Madej, 9; Shannon Masa, 9; Liam Mealey, 11 (3); Nathan Peachman, 12 (3 Silver Keys); Emma Prettyman, 10 (2 Silver Keys); Lily Purks, 10; Kate Radca, 9; Kameron Riggs, 9; Lucy Ross, 12 (2); Abigail Schaefer, 9; Mackenzie Tyson, 12 (3 Sliver Keys)

Honorable Mention: Jackson Armbrecht, 12; Corrine Bowman, 9; Annette Breton, 9; McKenna Casto, 12; Andrea Crimaldi, 9; Sophia DelRegno, 10; Vivian Duvall, 9 (2); Brett Enders, 10 (2); Luke Farthing, 10; Mitchell Fedders, 10 (2); Bridget Geary, 12; Zach Glesius, 9; Allora Gobert, 12; Paige Grabowski, 11 (2); Omer Keles, 9; Asriel Kimmel, 9; Hannah Lengel, 9; Bradley Lloyd, 12; Leah Mangano 10 (3); Sophia McGinness, 12; Brock Meyers, 12; Emma Nelson, 9; Nathan Peachman, 12 (2); Evie Powers, 9; Emma Prettyman, 10; Lily Purks, 10; Kate Radca, 9; Ryan Sabo, 12; Abigail Schaefer, 9; Emilie Stack, 9; Abigail Sugerik, 11; Mackenzie Tyson, 12

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