The competition is the largest source of scholarships for young artists and writers.

2018 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards
Posted on 02/07/2018
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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Beaufort County high school students earn
recognition in national arts, writing contest

BEAUFORT – Beaufort County School District students have won 33 Southeast regional recognitions in the 2018 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition, with 30 of those awards going to students from Hilton Head Island High School.

The prestigious Scholastic Art & Writing Awards describes itself as the nation’s longest-running recognition program for creative teens and the largest source of scholarships for young artists and writers.  Students in grades 7 through 12 submitted more than 330,000 works of art and writing in 29 categories.  Winning students earn opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication and scholarships.

Hilton Head Island High’s 30 awards included seven Gold Keys, six Silver Keys and 17 Honorable Mentions.  The top award-winners – Gold Key recipients – advance to judging at the national level.

“These are very prestigious awards, and to earn so many of them is a wonderful reflection of the talents of our students and the quality of our teachers,” said Superintendent Jeff Moss. 

Judges evaluate student artwork based on originality, technical skill and the emergence of a personal vision or voice.  Former winners of Scholastic Awards include Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Sylvia Plath and filmmaker Ken Burns.

Hilton Head Island High’s Gold Key winners were Haleigh Gartner for “State Fair Cow” (Drawing); Abbigale Gross for “Sand” (Photography); Taj Hamilton for “Sailor Fighting Monkeys” (Digital); Taj Hamilton for “Portal to the Mind” (Drawing); Mackenzie Nicholson for “Vestigal” (Design); Ariel Shatz for “A Dive Through the Surreal” (Digital); and Madeleine Terry for “Abandoned Web” (Photography).                

Hilton Head Island High’s Silver Key winners were Abbigale Gross for “Life” (Photography); Taj Hamilton for “Demon Heart Break” (Printmaking); Max Page for “Rhinos” (Sculpture); Juliana Rosenberry for “The Wonder Bra” (Mixed Media); Ashleigh Snyder for “Scope to Reality” (Digital); and Madeleine Terry for “Ripples” (Photography).

Hilton Head Island High’s Honorable Mentions were Adam Briggs for “Emerald Reflection” (Photography); Chase Faulkner for “Blue Crab in a Barrel” (Sculpture); Alex Gentemann for “The Art of Corgi” (Drawing); Alex Gentemann for “Flying Fish” (Drawing); Abbigale Gross for “Intimate Portraits of Nature” (Photography/Art Portfolio); Abbigale Gross for “Hands Embracing Leaves” (Photography); Abbigale Gross for “Hands Embracing Sand” (Photography); and Taj Hamilton for “Red Menace” (Digital).

Additional Hilton Head Island High Honorable Mentions went to Jacob Monsanto for “Deep Water” (Digital); Max Page for “El Toro Indulado” (Sculpture); Thalia Riker for “Moose” (Drawing); Thalia Riker for “Wahoo” (Drawing); Ariel Shatz for “Splash” (Digital); Madeleine Terry for “Lance’s Contrast” (Drawing); Madeleine Terry for “The Memory Project-Selleen” (Drawing); Olivia Waters for “Smoking Kills” (Painting); and Olivia Waters for “An Orphan’s Smile” (Painting).

Bluffton High student Gabriel Morales earned a Silver Key for “Take Me Back” (Photography) and an Honorable Mention for “VOW” (Photography).  Bluffton High student Catherine McLean earned an Honorable Mention for “The Battle” (Drawing).