Local students net regional art, writing awards

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Pioneer Explorer teacher Dan Calzaretta said 11 students received regional Scholastic Art and Writing awards.

In its 91st year, Scholastic Arts and Writing awards has become the longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in the U.S., and the largest source of scholarships for young artists and writers, Dan said.

Winners include: Natty Dalan, Gold Key, the highest award, for her flash-fiction story “A Loop in Time” and Honorable Mention for her animated film “Erratic;” Hally Ruff and Kyndal Locati, Gold Key for their film “Piece of You.”

Marieke Hess, Miya Freeman, Sky Druffel and Mikayla Hardin, Silver Key for their film “One Day; ” Keelin Pogue, Silver Key for her poem “Reversal Poem.”

And honorable mentions for flash-fiction stories went to Amanda Loney, for “History;” Rachel Prull, “For a Reason;” and Christiana Zaugg, for “The Mediator.”

Gold Key winners now compete for national medals, which will be announced March 17. National Medal winners are invited to attend a ceremony in New York City.

Since 1923, the awards have recognized exceptional vision of the nation’s youths. Each year, increasing numbers of creative teens submit their work in writing, art, photography and film making.

In the past six years there have been more than 1 million submissions to the awards. Past winners include artists like Andy Warhol, Philip Pearlstein and Cy Twombly, writers Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote and Joyce Carol Oates, photographer Richard Avedon, actors Frances Farmer, Robert Redford, Alan Arkin and John Lithgow, filmmakers Stan Brakhage, Ken Burns and Ned Vizzini, among others.

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