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County students win regional art honors

By From staff reports
Published in News on January 25, 2012 1:46 PM

Twelve area student artists and photographers earned Gold and Silver Key awards at the regional level of the national Scholastic Art & Writing Awards program, held recently at Barton College in Wilson.

Four Wayne County Public Schools were represented at the event, with students competing against hundreds of entries from across 62 counties. Students in grades seven through 12 whose artwork or photographs were selected at their local school were allowed to compete at the regional competition.

"We are proud of the hard work and accomplishments demonstrated by these students in the regional competition," said Hope Meyerhoeffer, WCPS director of visual arts. "Year after year, our district is represented by students in the regional and national levels of the Scholastic competition. We wish the 2012 Gold Key recipients the best of luck in the next stage of the Scholastic competition."

In addition to being honored at a reception in Wilson, the Gold Key winners will have their work displayed at the Barton Museum. Their entries will then be sent to New York City for the next level of the national competition. There, the regional Gold Key recipients will compete against thousands of other regional Gold Key winners from across the country. In June, students who become national award winners will be celebrated at a prestigious ceremony held at Carnegie Hall, as well as have their work exhibited in reputable galleries in New York City.

Local student winners included:

* Charles B. Aycock High: Nicholas Hilker, Gold and Silver Key awards; Karen Craig and Sydney Langley, Silver Key awards.

* Eastern Wayne High: Alaina Ruggery, Gold and Silver Key awards; and Stephanie Smith, Silver Key.

* Mount Olive Middle: Mya Coleman, Gold Key; and Eric Gonzalez, Dominic McClarin and Leandro Mora, Silver Keys.

* Spring Creek High: Jessica Wallace, Gold Key; and Morgan Howell and Alicia Loy, Silver Keys.