WHS, ATHS students win gold, silver and honorable mentions

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Jacob Dyer's piece, 'Sophia,' is a Gold Key winner in this year's Scholastic Art competition.For more than 90 years, Scholastic Art Awards have been given to recognize excellent student artwork.  When this year’s regional results were announced at the end of January, a group of Wilsonville students were among those receiving the prestigious Gold Key awards.

“It is perhaps the most respected awards program for youth in the United States,” Wilsonville High School art teacher Chistopher Shotola-Hardt said.

Wilsonville artists are included in the Portland Metro region, comprising Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties. About 3,000 works were entered into the competition from that region this year. By rule, only 10 percent of those entries can receive Gold Keys. An additional 10 percent will win Silver Keys and 10 percent also receive Honorable Mention.

Individual pieces or senior portfolios that receive a Gold Key advance to the national competition in New York. The regional award ceremony was held Feb. 19 in the ballroom at the Portland Art Museum.

Gold Key winners from WHS include the following: Harley Hansen, Kayla Dahlbert, Jacob Dyer, Maddie Finklea, Ian Graham, Katie Hulshizer, Jared Lawrence, Brooke Lords and Carolina Ramirez Islas.

The following WHS students received Silver Keys: Armando Lopez, Patrick Flynn, Ariel Franklin, Ian Graham, Adrian Hardt, Chandler Patey and Courtney Powell.

In addition, a group of WHS students received Honorable Mention awards, including: Kayla Dahlberg, Jake Young, Stacy Chavez, Justine Cohen, Kayla Dahlberg, Erin Egloff, Aelis England, Patrick Flynn, Aly Godbey, Harley Hansen, Adrian Hardt, Emma Harms, Abby Humphrey, Chloe Kirwan, Jessica Land, Cinthya Loaiza, Morgan Pina, Megan Stites, Kylie Whittaker and Anne-Marie Wieland.

A record number of students from WHS submitted artwork to the competition this year, Shotola-Hardt said, with 88 individual pieces submitted. Half of the submissions, 44, received some kind of recognition in the competition.

“I was able to pay for many kids’ entry fees this year through the generous monies raised by the organizers of the Charbonneau Festival of Arts,” he said. “So I decided to put all the money into a Scholastic Art Award account so I could pay for any kids who needed the help.”

Students from Arts and Technology High School in Wilsonville also entered the competition. Camryn Remington and Austin Warren-Bates both received Gold Keys. Silver Keys were awarded to Shelbie Nove and Austin Warren-Bates. Caitlin Childress, Shelbie Nove, Camryn Remington and Ethan Rumph received Honorable Mention.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Carolina Ramirez Islas's piece 'All the Beautiful Creatures' received a Gold Key award.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - 'Dogbanecast' by Harley Hansen is a Gold Key winner.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Katie Hulshizer submitted 'Mermaid Evening Gown' to the Scholastic Art Awards. 

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Katie Hulshizer's 'Giraffe' also won a Scholastic Art award.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Maddie Finklea's 'Shirt & Tie' is a Gold Key winner.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Jared Lawrence's 'She/ He' won a Gold Key award.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Gold Key winner Brooke Lords submitted this piece, titled 'Lords Mask.'

By Kate Hoots
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