MHS has 3 recognized for writing, arts

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MHS seniors Kate Meier and Ella Roach and junior Madison Xiao were each recently recognized by the Scholastic Arts & Writing Awards.

Meier won a Gold Key, the highest honor, for her poetry. Roach received honorable mention recognition for her dramatic script. It is the third year in a row Roach has been recognized. She won a Gold Key in 2018 for a short story.

Xiao also received honorable mention for one of her digital art pieces.

All of this year's Gold Key, Silver Key and honorable mention recipients will be honored at a ceremony at the University of Iowa on March  7. All of this year's state winners were also honored at the annual awards day ceremony on Feb. 8 in Milwaukee. The Gold and Silver Key Awards will also be displayed Feb. 1 through March 15 at the Milwaukee Art Museum.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards program was founded in the 1920s by Maurice Robinson, the founder of Scholastic Publishing Company, and is open to students in grades 7-12.  From its inception, the program has encouraged and recognized achievements in the fine and applied arts. Hundreds of former award winners, including Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Robert Redford and Andy Warhol, have achieved distinction in the fields of fine and applied art and design.  

A jury of artists, art professionals, and teachers reviewed the nearly entries to select those works that were honored. Artwork is submitted in the categories of Architecture, Ceramics and Glass, Comic Art, Computer Art, Drawing, Fashion, Film and Animation, Graphic Design, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Product Design, and Sculpture.

The Silver Key is a statewide award, while artwork receiving a Gold Key Award goes on to compete for silver and gold medals at the national level, with entries from more than seventy-five other competitions throughout the United States.

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Program is conducted nationally by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, Inc., and is the major competition for students in grades 7-12. Students across America submitted nearly 340,000 original works this year in 29 different categories of art and writing.

Visit the Scholastic Arts & Writing Awards website to learn more.