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Jesuit art students receive numerous honors, 'Best-of-show' at Oregon's Scholastic Art Awards

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Sixteen students from Jesuit High School were recognized for their outstanding artist achievements at this year's Scholastic Art and Writing Awards in the Oregon Art Region.

This is Jesuit's winningest year with over 40 individual works of art awarded a Gold Key, Silver Key, or Honorable Mention in one of five categories: photography, drawing & illustration, printmaking, painting, and comic art.

Junior Amelie Stoddard was selected as an American Vision & Voices Nominee for her photography piece "Rever Au Musee" (pictured above). Also called the "Best-of-Show" Award, her work will now be considered by a panel of jurors in New York City for an American Vision & Voices Medal, the highest regional honor.

"I was absolutely thrilled when I saw the list of winners," said art teacher Sascha Manning. "Our art students certainly deserve these awards for their hard work. Jesuit High School has a comprehensive and successful art department, and this is a wonderful way to promote our school."

The Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards is a premiere national art competition which aims to identify students with exceptional artistic and literary talent and present their work to the world. Through the Awards, students receive opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication, and scholarships.

Entries are judged by a jury of local artists and teachers. The judging criteria centers on originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal vision or voice. The Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards gives young students the freedom of expression, meaning their work may address any topic or theme.

Senior Skye Blount '19, who has entered the contest every year since sixth grade, said the Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards can be a source of motivation for young artists to experiment and try new things. This year Skye was awarded a Gold Key in drawing and illustration for her work with permanent marker on wood titled "Hero" (pictured right).

"I chose mixed media because I wanted to challenge myself with a medium I hadn't used before," said Skye. "I think it is important for artists to take risks, and it is always nice to have your work recognized by people outside your community."

All Gold Key winners from the Oregon Art Region were honored with an awards ceremony and exhibition at the Pacific Northwest College of Arts on February 7. Their work will be display at the exhibition through February 22.

Please join us in congratulating all our winners from Jesuit:

American Vision & Voices Nominee
Amelie Stoddard, Photography

Gold Key Winners
Teddy Banker, Photography
Ziggy Berkoff, Photography x2
Ziggy Berkoff, Drawing & Illustration
Skye Blount, Drawing & Illustration
Astra Medeiros, Photography
Tori Nguyen, Photography x2
Courtney Pederson, Photography x3
Abigail Rawlinson, Photography
Abigail Rawlinson, Prinkmaking
Amelie Stoddard, Photography

Silver Key Winners
Miyako Barnett, Painting
Miyako Barnett, Drawing & Illustration
Ziggy Berkoff, Painting
Skye Blount, Drawing & Illustration
Steele Clevenger, Comic Art
Sophia Gard, Drawing & Illustration
Elise Joseph, Drawing & Illustration
Courtney Pederson, Photography
Eliza Randall, Painting
Abigail Rawlinson, Photography

Honorable Mentions
Miyako Barnett, Drawing & Illustration
Miyako Barnett, Painting
Ziggy Berkoff, Painting x2
Skye Blount, Drawing & Illustration
Steele Clevenger, Comic Art x2
Victoria Nguyen x 3, Photography
Tanner Olson, Painting
Courtney Pederson, Photography x2
Abigail Rawlinson, Photography x3
Amelie Stoddard, Photography