Eleven students received a total of 12 awards – including seven Gold Keys – at this year's Connecticut Regional Scholastic Art Awards Program.
Westover's 2017 Scholastic Art Award winners and their instructors (from left): front row - Molly Galusha '18, Olivia Sena '18, Serena Hogan '19, Emily Desjardins '18; second row - Jasmine Chung '19, Jenny Zhang '17; top row – teacher Tom Juvan, Associate Arts Chair Sara Poskas, Bridget Gattinoni '19, Allie Hawley '17, Jovial Karenzi '17, teacher Caleb Portfolio (missing from photo: Maya Neuhoff '17, Callie Boogaert '17, and teacher Jill Verzino '12).
Westover Students Receive 12 Scholastic Art Awards
Eleven Westover students received a total of 12 awards – including seven Gold Keys – at this year's Connecticut Regional Scholastic Art Awards Program.
"The 12 awards Westover students received this year is one of the largest number our students have ever been given in the Connecticut Scholastic Art Awards program," said Sara Poskas, Associate Chair of the Arts Department. "We are especially proud that seven students received Gold Key awards for their work, which will now compete on the national level of the Scholastic Arts Awards."
Two students, Callie Boogaert '17 and Allie Hawley '17, each received a Gold Key in photography for their portfolios; Callie's was entitled "Uncomfortable" and Allie's was entitled "Racism." Two students, Maya Neuhoff '17 and Jenny Zhang '17, each received a Gold Key for painting, Maya for a work entitled "Pressed" and Jenny for one entitled "Dancer." Molly Galusha '18 received a Gold Key in drawing for a value pencil self-portrait. Bridget Gattinoni '19 received a Gold Key in printmaking for a letterpress/lino cut of Joseph May's poem "Tiger."
Olivia Sena '18 received two awards in printmaking, a Gold Key for a dry point etching entitled "Mushroom" and a Silver Key for a letterpress/lino cut of Mary Oliver's poem, "Wild Geese." Jasmine Chung '19 received a Silver Key in drawing for a value-pencil self-portrait.
Three students received Honorable Mentions at the competition. Serena Hogan '19 received one for a dry point etching entitled "Rainbow Serpent." Jovial Karenzi '17 and Emily Desjardins '18 each received an Honorable Mention in photography, Jovial for a photograph entitled "American Dream" and Emily for a photograph entitled "She's Plastic."
Sara Poskas teaches drawing and printmaking, Jill Verzino '12 teaches painting, Caleb Portfolio teaches photography, and English instructor Tom Juvan teaches letterpress printing.
Westover students consistently receive recognition each year from the Scholastic Art Awards and Westover is usually among the schools with the highest number of students honored for their work. A total of 145 public, private, and parochial middle and high schools from throughout Connecticut participated in this year's Connecticut Regional Scholastic Art Awards. During two days of judging, the jurors selected 575 works from approximately 3,000 entries in categories ranging from ceramics and sculpture to painting, drawing, fashion, and digital art. This year there were 184 Gold Keys (including 23 Gold portfolios), 173 Silver Keys, and 218 Honorable Mention awards granted.