The Nevada Foundation of the Arts announced the Southern Nevada winners of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards at a ceremony on Feb. 25. The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards offer high school seniors scholarship opportunities and recognize the creativity of youths. The awards program is administered by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers.
More than 400 art and writing entries from 17 high schools, and three middle schools from Clark, Esmeralda and Nye counties were submitted. All Gold Key winners in the writing and arts categories were awarded scholarships from the Art Institute of Las Vegas, and cash awards from the NFA.
All Gold Key winning entries advance to the national level of competition. Of the Gold Key award recipients, seven were named nominees of the American Visions and Voices award. The American Visions and Voices award is the “Best of Show” for the Southern Nevada region.
The American Voice nominees from the writing awards are seniors Shaan Patel of Clark High School and Rachel Rodriguez of Eldorado High School. Shaan and Rachel were also Gold Key winners in the general writing portfolio and individual writing entry categories.
The following five Gold Key art award winners are nominees for the American Visions award: junior Damien Dawahare and senior Susan Isakson, both of Green Valley High School; junior Ramy Lam of Spring Valley High School; junior Lindsey Leger of Community College High School; and senior Alexander Quagge of Eldorado.
The Gold Key Portfolio art award winner is Sin Man Kan, a senior at Las Vegas Academy of International Studies, Visual and Performing Arts.
The Gold Key Art Individual Entry award winners are: Hannah Lardent, Shane Gormley and Stefano Kajatt, seniors at Green Valley; Coronado seniors Nana Matsumoto, Kyle Johnson and Lindley Stephenson, juniors Ana Lerma, Desiree Niegsch and Brennan Kaye, and sophomore Keenan Korth; Spring Valley seniors Angela Radford, Allison Phillips, Rachael Wilson, Oscar Segundo and Wilfred Cabalo, and juniors Erica Chan and Joe Murphy; Alexander Quagge and Rebecca Lawrence, seniors at Eldorado; Allison Goodfellow, a junior at Boulder City High School; Afiyah Beauchamp, a sophomore at Liberty High School; Barbara Smith, a senior at Del Sol High School; Neal Gaffin and Brittany Paulk, seventh-graders at the Alexander Dawson School; and Ben Winokur, a seventh-grader at Southern Highlands Preparatory School.
In addition, Silver Key art and photography portfolio awards were given to seniors Hannah Lardent, Scott Valladares of Eldorado, and Nathaniel Regis of Coronado. Also, entries from 43 students were chosen as Silver Key Individual Art awards, and 62 students received certificate of merit awards in art and photography portfolio, individual art entry, and individual writing entry.
According to Scholastic’s Web site, national winners will be notified at the end of April.
In other news:
• Coronado High School, 1001 Coronado Center Drive, will have an opening reception for Aperture, the school’s photography gallery at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Coronado School Library. A silent auction is scheduled, with proceeds to benefit the school and its photography program.
• Lifeguards 2U will be having a job fair and barbecue at 5 p.m. Saturday at Clubsport Green Valley, 2100 Olympic Ave., Henderson, for youth interested in being lifeguards this summer. A $2 entrance donation includes a food coupon. For more information, call Lifeguards 2U at 558-1548.
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