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Columbia High Students Win Regional Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

CHS senior Mary Arevalo with one of her Gold Key award-winning works on display at the Montclair Art Museum. Photo by Charlotte Arevalo.

Five Columbia High School students — and one middle school student — are among those being recognized for their art and writing by the Northern New Jersey Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

In addition, Sunah Nash, a home-schooled 11th grader from South Orange, won a National Silver Medal in poetry for “The Reconstruction.”

CHS senior Mary Arevalo won 10 regional awards (two Gold Key, two Silver Key and five honorable mentions in photography, one Gold Key in mixed media and one honorable mention in sculpture); senior Max Goldstein won four awards (two Silver Key and two honorable mentions for photography); and sophomore  Elizabeth Crofton received an honorable mention for drawing and illustration.

The CHS artists were honored with other winners from the Northern New Jersey Region on February 28 at the awards ceremony and opening reception at the Montclair Museum of Art. One of Arevalo’s Gold Key awards was on display with other regional Gold Key winners at the museum until March 17.

In the Scholastic Writing Awards, CHS Junior Cameron Lipp, won silver and honorable mention for Poetry ; sophomore Skylar Yarter received and an honorable mention for Short Story. The writers will be honored at the Newark Public library on March 19.

E. Clay Hudson, an 8th grader from South Orange Middle School, won an honorable mention for Poetry for “Movement of the Mind.”

According to the The Scholastic Awards website, the judges look for work that demonstrates originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision. According to the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards website, since 1923, the Awards have recognized some of America’s most celebrated artists while they were teenagers, including: Andy Warhol, Zac Posen, Idelle Weber, Ken Burns, Luis Jiménez, and Kay WalkingStick.

Art and writing submissions are judged first at the regional level by Affiliate Partner organizations. Students who receive Gold Key, Silver Key, and Honorable Mention Awards are celebrated in local exhibitions and ceremonies across the country and Gold Key works automatically advance to the national level, where it is judged for national awards.

The 2019 medal winners will be available in the online gallery after April 15.

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