Paul Zinni, Superintendent
18 King Street
Norfolk, MA 02056
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019
Media Contact: Benjamin Paulin
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King Philip Students Recognized by Scholastic Art Awards
NORFOLK –Superintendent Paul Zinni is pleased to announce that nine King Philip High School students have been recognized in the Scholastic Art Awards.
The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards annually recognize art and writing works submitted by students in grades seven through 12. According to the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards website, 350,000 pieces of work were submitted for consideration this year.
“These awards annually recognize submissions from thousands of students across the country,” Superintendent Zinni said. “These students put a lot of hard work, and heart, into these submissions. It’s great to see them honored for that effort by these awards.”
Multiple students from King Philip were recognized for more than one submission.
Haley Johnson, a senior, was awarded a Scholastic Art Awards Gold Key for her painting “Alive in the Summertime.” Johnson was also awarded a Silver Key for her painting, “There is Hope Among the Darkness,” and she received honorable mentions for her drawing/illustrations “Drop of Life” and “Pomegranate Renderings.”
According to Cathleen Carneiro, Art Department Curriculum Team Leader at King Philip High, earning a Gold Key in the painting category is particularly challenging.
“It’s very difficult in her medium, painting,” Carneiro said. “So many people submit paintings, or mixed media, or illustrations. It’s very difficult to get something like a gold key in paint. Hers is an oil painting; it’s beautiful.”
Johnson’s painting, “Alive in the Summertime,” is also being considered for a National Medal, and medalists will be announced on March 13. Her painting will be on display alongside other Gold Key winning submissions at Breed Memorial Hall at Tufts University from March 16 through March 25. The exhibition will be open to the public.
The Scholastic Art Awards also recognized several other King Philip student artists. Jason Hehn, a senior, was awarded a Silver Key for his digital art submission, “When the lights go out.” Hehn was also given honorable mentions for his mixed media submission “Foil of Life’ and drawing/illustration “The Zoo.”
Sam Lydon, a senior, was awarded a Silver Key for a drawing/illustration titled “Caught in Shadows.” Alexis Zitomer, a senior, was awarded two Silver Keys, one for her drawing/illustration “Memory,” and another for her painting, “Lady in the Bathroom.” Zitomer was also awarded honorable mentions for her drawing/illustration “Tension,” and painting, “Reflecting on the Past.”
Several students were also awarded honorable mentions for their work.
Carrigan Andrews, a junior, was awarded an honorable mention for a ceramics/glass submission, “Slab Birdfeeder.” Melissa Campbell, a senior, received an honorable mention for a ceramics/glass submission, “Large Scale Amphora with Silkscreen Detail.” Cierra Gomes, a senior, was given an honorable mention for her ceramics/glass submission, “Large Scale Amphora.” Amy Provencher, a senior, received an honorable mention for her drawing/illustration, “macarons a la gare du sud.” Hannah Sencaj, a senior, was awarded an honorable mention for her ceramics/glass submission, “Elephant Teapot.”
Carneiro said she was impressed by the range of mediums that students submitted artwork in for consideration in the awards.
“We really covered every range of genre and medium, so it was great,” Carneiro said. “We had still life, figure drawing, surreal situations, realistic situations, and some graphic design projects. We had nature scenes and natural science themes. I was really impressed by their range, but they’re a really impressive group, period. They go above and beyond and they have been that way since their freshman year.”
“It’s a tough contest to participate in,” she added. “It’s very fluid in what they need and what they want. There’s no way you can kind of pinpoint what’s going to be that gold key or silver key. It’s very difficult to reach that level.”