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Students from Wauwatosa East and Wauwatosa West high schools and Longfellow Middle School fared well in the recently announced 2016 Scholastic Arts & Writing awards, a program sponsored by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.

Submissions are judged and award-winners are evaluated according to Gold Key, Silver Key and honorable mention status. The submissions represent work in a wide range of arts, from digital art to printmaking to photography, and many other media.

Wauwatosa East High School had five Gold Key winners, 10 Silver Key winners, and 23 honorable mention awards.

Wauwatosa West had two Gold Key winners, six Silver Key winners, and 11 total honorable mentions, including two for one student, senior Lizzie Kniffin.

Longfellow eighth-grader Lilly Frank won two Silver Keys, for drawing and architecture. Alex Albert, also an eighth-grader, won honorable mention in drawing. The Longfellow art teacher is Megan McKay.

Isabel Bitner's sculpture won Gold Key.

Gracie Pionek's untitled work won a Silver Key award in mixed media.

 

East award-winners

Gold Key winners from East are: seniors Benjamin August and Anne Oleniczak (who won for her art porfolio); and juniors Aaron Markiewicz (photography), Jordyn Summerfield (photography) and Samuel Zanowski, (design).

Silver Key winners from East are: seniors Joseph Romfoe (art portfolio), Jacob Schultz (photography), Leah Pulz (sculpture) and Hannah Woods (printmaking); sophomore Sally Salkin (photography); and freshmen Cecelia Kartz (drawing), Genevieve Koprowski (printmaking), Gracie Pionek (mixed media), Abby Schermerhorn (drawing), and Arabella Vallee (printmaking).

Molly Brennan, Kelly Frederick Mizer, Megan McKay, and James Smessaert are the students' art teachers at Tosa East.

Jessica Llanas won a Silver Key award for this work.

Geneieve Koprowski won a Silver Key award in print-making for "Self Portrait."

West award-winners

Gold Key winners from West are: seniors Autumn Ritenour (drawing); and junior Isabel Bitner (ceramics).

West's Silver Key winners are: seniors Eli Paul (film and video), Alicia Picard (digital photo), and Sean Van Zeeland (darkroom photo); and juniors Jessica Llanas (drawing), Michaela Miller (drawing), and Juli Stark, (comic art).

West High School's art teachers are Jessica Belich and Selena Marris.

The program

Founded in 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are awarded by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. It is called is the longest-running, most prestigious recognition program in the United States for creative teenagers.

Gold Key awards are given to students whose work demonstrates the highest levels of originality, technique and personal vision. Gold Key artwork is forwarded to New York for national adjudication; students are recognized with Gold Key lapel pins and certificates.

Silver Key awards are given to students whose work demonstrates achievement worthy of recognition on the regional level; students are recognized with Silver Key lapel pins and certificates.

The work of the Gold and Silver Key winners will be on display at the Milwaukee Art Museum beginning Jan. 30 through March 13. Gold Key winners will go on to compete nationally for scholarship money.

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