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Marcellus students win 54 CNY Scholastic Art Awards

Feb. 2, 2017 -- Marcellus student-artists won a total of 54 awards in the 2017 CNY Scholastic Art Awards competition, including 20 prestigious Gold Key and 22 Silver Key awards, during an awards ceremony Jan. 12 at Onondaga Community College.    

More than 5,400 pieces were judged in 14 categories for entry in national competition, as well as for local awards, cash prizes, and special recognition. Individual pieces and eight-piece portfolios were awarded Gold Key (highest honor), Silver Key and Honorable Mention. Gold Key award winners will be considered for national-level recognition.

The competition is open to all students in grades seventh through 12 in the Central New York region. Students may submit individual pieces of art, which are judged in separate categories based on the medium/material used, and seniors may submit up to two portfolios, consisting of eight pieces of art each.
“This is a tough competition, and we are proud of all of our students who have participated,” Marcellus High School art teacher Tara Charles said.

Following the awards ceremony at host site Onondaga Community College, an exhibit of over 1,817 winning works was unveiled. The exhibit is free and open to the public at OCC’s Whitney Applied Technology Center through March 3.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, which include regional competitions in more than 100 communities around the country, have an impressive legacy dating back to 1923 and a noteworthy roster of past winners, including Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford and Syracuse University alumna Joyce Carol Oates. To date, the Awards have encouraged more than 13 million students, recognized more than 9 million young artists and writers, and made available more than $25 million in awards and scholarships. They continue to be the longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in the United States.

Here is a slideshow of Marcellus students' award-winning work:

Marcellus winners are:


  • Tori Boos: Honorable Mention Photography Portfolio
  • Isabella Matro: Gold Key Photography Portfolio
  • Abigail VanCamp: Gold Key Fine Art Portfolio  

Individual Awards:


  • Layla Aydelott: Gold Key Painting 
  • Grace Femano: Silver Key Painting 
  • Deanna Nutting: Silver Key Painting 
  • Bronte Stahl: Gold Key Mixed Media

Marcellus High School:

  • Natalie Caldwell: Silver Key Sculpture
  • Daniel Cusick: Silver Key Ceramics and Glass
  • Abigail Delaney: Silver Key Drawing
  • Kayla Fogg: Gold Key Sculpture
  • Sean Marais: Honorable Mention Drawing
  • Tori Boos: 3 Silver Keys and 3 Honorable Mention Photos
  • Mackenna Caryl: Silver Key Painting
  • Allison Comer: Silver Key Photography
  • Thomas Fiacchi: Gold Key Photography, Silver Key Photography
  • Emma Hutchings: 3 Gold Key Photos, 2 Silver Key Photos and 1 Honorable Mention Photo
  • Isabella Matro: Honorable Mention Digital Art
  • Anna Perry: Gold Key Drawing
  • Emily Pidkaminy: Silver Key Drawing
  • Rachel Randall: 2 Silver Key Photos
  • Michaela Snook: 2 Gold Key Photos, 2 Honorable Mention Photos
  • Matthew Strempel: 2 Gold Keys Ceramics, Silver Key Ceramics and Syracuse Ceramic Guild Award for Best Work in Ceramic and Glass
  • Abigail VanCamp: 5 Gold Keys Mixed Media, Silver Key Mixed Media
  • Caroline Buff: Gold Key Drawing
  • Kenai Cameron: Silver Key and Honorable Mention Photography
  • Sophia Donalds: Gold Key Photography
  • Emily Durand: Silver Key Photography
  • Emily Gravatt: Silver Key Photography
  • Robin Orzech: Silver Key Sculpture

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