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February 20, 2014

Oldenburg Academy artists take top honors in regional competition

OLDENBURG – Students from Oldenburg Academy recently took several top honors in the regional Scholastic Art Awards competition.

The highest distinction in the Scholastic Art competition is the ‘Gold Key’ award followed by the ‘Silver Key’ award. In addition to individual entries, seniors may also submit portfolios. Fifteen senior portfolios were selected from the region and Oldenburg’s Luke Hammoor was one of them.

In the individual category Luke Hammoor received two Gold Keys, Josh Hollingsworth received a Gold Key and an Honorable Mention and Pamela Chen received two Silver Keys. Meredith Zitnick, Kirsten Ricke, Mary Brunsman and Elizabeth Schulte received Honorable Mentions.

The award winning pieces are currently on display in the Rivercenter Building, Covington KY. Portfolio nominees and Gold Key winners will have their work sent to New York City for the national competition.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards has an impressive legacy dating back to 1923. Over the years, the awards have grown to become the longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in the U.S., and the nation’s largest source of scholarships for creative young artists and writers. A noteworthy roster of past winners includes Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford, Joyce Carol Oates, Stephen King, John Updike, and many more.

Each year, the Alliance partners with more than 100 visual and literary-arts organizations across the country to bring The Awards to local communities. Teens in grades 7 through 12 can apply in 28 categories of art and writing for the chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited or published. Submissions are juried by luminaries in the visual and literary arts, some of whom are past award recipients. Panelists look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.

In the last five years alone, students submitted nearly 900,000 original works of art and writing. During that period, more than 60 top arts institutes and colleges have partnered with the Awards to make $40 million in scholarships and financial aid available to regional and national Scholastic Award winners.

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