High school students’ art wins awards and benefits charity auction

posted Mar 16, 2018, 1:23 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Mar 16, 2018, 1:23 PM ]

Each year, the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers partners with more than 100 visual arts and literary arts organizations across the country to bring the Scholastic Awards to local communities. Teens in grades 7–12 apply in 29 categories of art and writing. In 2018, students submitted nearly 350,000 works of art and writing to the Scholastic Awards.

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.

Four Bartlesville High School students were honored at an awards ceremony in January as Scholastic Regional Gold Key Winners: Mae Glock, senior; Hannah Smith, senior; Kelsie Graves, junior; and Mary Miller, sophomore.

Sixteen other BHS students received Silver Key Awards: Amber King, Logan Demaray, Izzy Vaclaw, Christina Guernsey, Audrey Munkirs, Rohon Patel, Maria Snider, Rosemary Davis, Chandler Henderson, Meg Gilliland, Heather Rawlings, Elizabeth Galvan Munoz, Allison Johnson, Sariah Greenhalgh, Liberty Peatling, and Birdi Collins.

Students receiving Gold Keys, Silver Keys, Honorable Mentions, or American Visions & Voices Nominations are celebrated within their communities through local exhibitions and ceremonies. Gold Key works are then judged nationally by an impressive panel of creative–industry experts to receive National Medals, including Gold, Silver, American Visions & Voices, Portfolio Silver with Distinction or Portfolio Gold Medals and Special Achievement Awards. National medalists are recognized at a ceremony in Carnegie Hall in New York City.

A later art event was on February 23. The Black Employee Network at Phillips 66 hosted an Art Gallery in honor of Black History Month, displaying a variety of art that had relevance to African American history. They auctioned off the art and donated the proceeds to charity. BHS art students’ work was a part of the auction.

Some students were able to attend the auction and a luncheon held at Phillips 66. Students who had work in the auction were Mae Glock, Izzy Vaclaw, Heather Rawlings, Elizabeth Galven Munoz, Honesty Hester, Kelsi Graves, and former BHS student Teonna Goree. A few of the students were also asked to complete some commissioned pieces of artwork by people attending the event.

Mae Glock
Art student Mae Glock at the Phillips 66 Black Employee Network luncheon and auction; click here for a photo album of the event

By Mae Glock; more artworks in Regional Gold Key Art Winners Gallery