Five students from Eaglecrest High School have earned awards in the prestigious Scholastic Art Awards program. Congratulations to the following students:
• Anastasiya Shabunevich, a senior who wants to become a doctor, received a Gold Key award for her drawing titled “Feet” and an Honorable Mention award for her mixed media piece “Lily.”
• Molly Quinn, a senior who plans to major in English and minor in art, received a Gold Key award for her drawing “Cherry Pie” and an Honorable Mention award for her mixed media piece “Café Flora.”
• Valerie Nelson, a senior who wants to become a veterinarian, received a Silver Key Award for her watercolor titled “Valencia” and Honorable Mention for her mixed media piece “Elephant Extinction.”
• Lindsay Sellers, a junior, received an Honorable Mention award for her torn paper collage titled “Color My World.”
• Shawna Redler, a senior who plans to study elementary education and art, received an Honorable Mention award for her mixed media piece “Applesauce.”
The Scholastic Art Awards program begins at the state level and includes all media: drawing, painting, sculpture, photography and mixed media. In Colorado, more than 5,000 works of art were submitted by students from across the state. A jury of art experts evaluated those pieces and selected 140 award-winning works, including the eight pieces from Eaglecrest.
Those pieces will be on display at the Colorado History Museum from Feb. 14 to March 6. Then 40 works of art will be selected to be part of an exhibit at the Denver Art Museum, and then a smaller group of pieces will be chosen for a national exhibit in New York later this year.
“We guide our students toward academic excellence and that becomes our ‘ordinary’ path,” said Lisa Adams, art teacher and visual arts coordinator at Eaglecrest. “This is what makes a student ‘extraordinary.’ It’s that special gift, the ability to tap into their own personal mystery.
“In the art world, Scholastic is a big deal. It’s huge!” continued Adams. “This success is a reflection of these students – the intense focus and commitment they have to that part of themselves.”
The Scholastic Arts Awards are part of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards program, which was established in 1923. Today, more than 90,000 teens in grades 7 through 12 from around the nation annually submit more than 185,000 works of art and writing in 28 categories. Winning students earn opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication and scholarships.
The Awards, now presented by the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, not only celebrate the rich future of artistic America, but also document its past. The program has been credited with identifying early talent in generations of America’s cultural icons, including Truman Capote (1932), Richard Avedon (1941), Andy Warhol (ca. 1945), Sylvia Plath (1947), Robert Redford (1954) and Zac Posen (1998), each of whom won the award when they were in high school.