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March 1, 2017


Saugatuck High School art students WIN BIG


The art department at Saugatuck Public Schools is proud to announce the success of twenty-five student artists! These artists, ranging from grades 1 - 12, placed at the 2017 Scholastic Art Awards and Michigan Art Education Association (MAEA) Regional Competitions.


The Scholastic Art Awards is one of the most time-honored competitions for middle and high school students. Since 1923, Scholastic has recognized outstanding creativity in art and writing at the regional and national levels. At the Regional Competition (exhibited annually at Kendall College of Art and Design), students from grades 7-12 vie for either Honorable Mention, Silver Key, or Gold Key awards in 29 categories. Gold Key works are then judged nationally to receive National Medals, including Gold, Silver, American Visions & Voices, Portfolio Silver with Distinction or Portfolio Gold Medals and Sponsored Awards. National Medalist are recognized in part at the National Ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City.  National winners will be announced on Tuesday, March 14th.


At the high school level, senior Erin Rookus was awarded four Gold Keys for her individual works and one Gold Key for her portfolio of eight illustrated works titled Children of the World. Julie Kiger (12th) and Paisley Sipes (11th) also took home Gold Key awards for their pieces. Paige Wilson (12th), Claire Conley (12th), Melody Antel (11th), Madelyn Moore (10th), and Olivia Ayers (9th) all came away with Silver Key Awards, while Kalie Lavery (12th), Evan Hotary (12th), Riley Howell (12th), Sydnie Avery (12th), and Justyce Hunter (9th) all received Honorable Mention A


wards. At the Middle School level, eighth grade students Kasey Losik and Ansely Ellison both took home Gold Key Awards. Gracelynn Miller and William Wheeling walked away with Silver Key Awards, and Khloe Pratt along with Ansley Ellison received Honorable Mention Awards. Saugatuck Public Schools totalled 9 Gold Keys, 7 Silver Keys, and 7 Honorable Mention Awards, accounting for 23 Scholastic Awards!  Good luck to our Gold Key recipients at the national competition!


Following the Scholastic art competition, student work from Douglas Elementary and Saugatuck Middle/High School was entered into the Michigan Art Education Association (MAEA) Regional Adjudication. Art teachers from across the state of Michigan were allowed to enter five of their best student works at each the Elementary, Middle School and High School levels.  The competition begins at the regional level with select pieces chosen to be on display at the Grand Rapids Art Museum.  Work is then juried to decide which pieces move on to compete at the state level. Saugatuck High School swept the competition with five works selected for both the regional and state competitions. Kalie Lavery (12th), Carsie Walker (12th), Paisley Sipes (11th), Alana Abbott (11th), and Madelyn Moore (10th) will all have pieces compete at the state level. Middle School students Nathan Schaefer (6th) and Gracelynn Miller (8th) both were regional winners and their pieces will continue on to be judged at the state level. Douglas Elementary School was also a part of the MAEA competition and took home three awards with Nolan Lalonde (1st), Lily Lokker (3rd) and Ethan Smith (5th) each winning Regional awards and continuing on to the state competition.


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