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Saugatuck Students Take Awards At 2018 Scholastic Art Awards/MAEA Regional Competitions

The art department at Saugatuck Public Schools is proud to announce the success of thirteen student artists! These artists, ranging from grades K - 11, placed at the 2018 Scholastic Art Awards and Michigan Art Education Association (MAEA) Regional Competitions.

The Scholastic Art Awards are 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.

Saugatuck High School students did an exceptional job in the Printmaking division with seven of eight works placing in that category. Juniors Madelyn Moore and Kierstyn Stoin received Silver Keys for their prints titled “1961” and “Ryker Harlan Stoin.”

Stoin received an additional Honorable Mention for her print titled “Extended Family.”

Sophomore Luke Lencioni also received a Silver Key for his reduction print titled “Lonely Okonma.”

In addition, Honorable Mention Awards went to Megan Jenkins (11th), Justyce Hunter (10th), Emma Firmiss (10th), and Keiran Boerema (9th).

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 are 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 ended with three pieces headed to both the regional and state competitions. Madelyn Moore (11th), Justyce Hunter (10th) and Luke Lencioni (10th) will all have pieces compete at the state level.

Middle School students Ava Fink (8th), Gracie Ramos (8th), and Eleni Persinger all 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 Shaap (K), Maci Barman (1st) and Lincoln Church (2nd) each winning Regional awards and continuing on to the state competition.

Saugatuck Students Take Awards At 2018 Scholastic Art Awards/MAEA Regional Competitions

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