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Nineteen USM Students Receive Awards from Scholastic Art Competition

A University School of Milwaukee record-setting 19 students won a total of 31 state recognition awards from the Scholastic Art and Writing competition, including six Gold Keys and seven Silver Keys. Student winners ranged from grades 8 through 12. The Gold Key recipients advance to the national competition in New York City this May.

All 19 students will be honored at a special closed ceremony at the Milwaukee Art Museum on Saturday, Feb. 9, and their work will be on display at the museum from Feb. 2 through March 17.
 
Congratulations to the following USM students:
  • Elizabeth Borg ’20: Gold Key in photography for “Young Man growing;” and three Honorable Mentions in photography for “Melanin;” French Country Side;” and Rest”
  • Kristen Chou ’19: Honorable Mention in painting for “Uncle Clary’s Window”
  • Aidanne DePoy ’20: Honorable Mention in photography for “Lookout”
  • Audrey Engman ’20: Gold Key in painting for “His Sleeping Spot”
  • Gianna Huff ’22: Honorable Mention in photography for “Gregorio”
  • Anyah Jackson ’20: Two Silver Keys in photography for “Contemplating” and “To Be or Not To Be”
  • Joe Jacobus ’21: Honorable Mention in photography for “Light Work”
  • Mia Johnson ’20: Honorable Mention in photography for “Streamline”
  • Xizhe Liu ’20: Gold Key in painting for “Old Boat”
  • Madeleine Megal ’21: Silver Key in digital art for “Cradled”
  • Abby Moyer ’22: Gold Key in ceramics and glass for “Geo;” and Honorable Mention in comic art for “Scribble”
  • Sheilla Nourzad ’19: Honorable Mention in photography for “Red Leaves”
  • Duncan Petrie ’19: Two Silver Keys in photography for “Farmstead” and “The Vineyards;” and an Honorable Mention in photography for “Migration”
  • Afiya Quryshi ’20: Silver Key in photography for “Quranic Melody” and two Honorable Mentions in photography for “Behind the Scenes” and “It’s Hard to Let Go”
  • Qiufeng Rui ’20: Gold Key in photography for “March” and three Honorable Mentions in photography for “Happiness;” “Through the Glass;” and “Walk Away!”
  • Mara Sadek ’23: Silver Key in sculpture for “Mara”
  • Lana Stone ’22: Honorable Mention in comic art for “Lana The Ice Cream Killer”
  • Maia Thompson ’19: Honorable Mention in film and animation for “Conceal”
  • Nolee Xiong ’22: Gold Key in photography for “Last Day of Summer”
In addition to the achievements in Scholastic Art, read about the USM students who received awards from the Scholastic Writing Competition.

About the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious scholarship and recognition initiative for creative teens in grades 7–12. The Awards have fostered creativity and talent since 1923 for millions of students and feature a notable list of alumni including: Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Sylvia Plath, Charles White, Kay WalkingStick, Ken Burns, John Baldessari, Mozelle Thompson, Joyce Carol Oates, Hughie Lee-Smith, Robert Redford, Zac Posen, and Lena Dunham. For 95 years, the Awards, presented by the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, have identified the early promise of some of our nation’s most accomplished visionaries and encouraged young artists and writers to pursue a variety of creative career paths and endeavors. In the 2017 program year, a record-breaking 330,000 works were submitted for adjudication at the regional level, with more than 2,700 public, private, and home-schooled students receiving national recognition. Each year, exhibition, publication, and scholarship opportunities are made available to students honored through the program for their creative work in 29 categories, with opportunities expanding each year.
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