Annual Scholastic Arts Competition

APS Art Students, Teachers Awarded
Posted on 01/08/2019
Image of Artwork by Grace Duryea, Firestone CLCAkron Public Schools students received awards in the 2018 North-East Central-Ohio Scholastic Art Awards. The NECO awards cover six counties, including Summit, Stark, Wayne, Tuscarawas, Medina and Portage. Students in seventh through 12th grade enter artwork in multiple categories, including drawing, painting, sculpture, mixed-media and photography.

Firestone High School students received 42 Honorable mentions, 12 Silver keys and 10 Gold keys under the direction of Daniel Coffield, Steve Csejtey, Patrick Dougherty and Julianne Hogarth.

Senior Kalia Horner received a Gold Key Portfolio for her painting, titled, “Cultural Identity." She was one of 15 high school seniors in the region to receive this honor. Kalia is in the Akron School of the Arts program and is a former Miller South Visual and Performing Arts student.

Kalia says of her work, “The people I chose to represent within my work are reflections of myself. The backgrounds of others are just as important to me as my own cultural heritage. Expressing the likeness of others’ feelings given their cultural background is important when representing diversity.” Kalia is Hmong and Caucasian.

Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts students received 49 Honorable mentions, 17 Silver keysand 20 Gold keys in the middle school category under the direction of Malia Tschantz and Alison Rich.

The National Inventors Hall of Fame STEM Middle School received an Honorable Mention under the direction of Emily Butler.

Kent State University at Stark will have all of the Gold and Silver Key artwork on display in its Fine Arts building January 14-30. The awards ceremony will be held on January 27 at 10 a.m. for high school seniors and at noon for students in grades 7-11.

All Gold Key pieces will have the opportunity to receive a National Gold or Silver Key in March. Winning National Keys will be eligible to be on display in New York City this June.

Image of Artwork by Bri'el Sojourner

(“Self Portrait” in Mixed Media, by Bri’el Sojourner, Miller South VPA, Gold Key)

Image of Artwork by Grace Duryea, Firestone CLC

(“Catalina” by Grace
Duryea, Firestone High School)

Image of Artwork by Kalia Horner, Firestone CLC

The Dance” by Kalia Horner, Firestone High School, Gold Key Portfolio)

Image of Artwork by Kalia Horner, Firestone CLC

 (“Too Foreign for Home, Too Foreign for Here, Never Enough for Both” by Kalia Horner, Firestone High School, Gold Key Portfolio)

Image of Artwork by Raina Smith,

Mylena," Charcoal, by Raina Smith, Miller South VPA, Gold Key)

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