Lake Travis High School students earn prestigious ‘keys’ at art event

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Lake Travis High School students have received a total of 36 Gold and Silver Key awards—as well as 15 Honorable Mentions—for artwork juried at the regional level of the 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

According to its website, the art contest was established in 1923 by Maurice Robinson, founder of Scholastic Books.  It is the largest and most prestigious recognition program and source of scholarships for creative teens in the U.S. Students in grades 7 through 12 from public, private, or home schools can apply in 29 categories of art and writing.  Students’ submissions are blindly judged by leaders in the visual and literary arts who look for works that exemplify the awards’ core values: originality, technical skill, and the emergence of personal voice or vision.

Each year, increasing numbers of students participate in the program, many who become young artists and writers, filmmakers and photographers, poets and sculptors, video game artists, and educators.  During the 2015 program, students across America submitted more than 300,000 original works.

Winning entries are awarded Gold Key, Silver Key and Honorable Mention. Additionally, a portfolio portion of the competition is open only to senior art students with multiple pieces of art.  Gold Key winners will advance to compete at the national level where 16 high school seniors will be awarded the Portfolio Gold Medal—the program’s highest honor—accompanied by a $10,000 scholarship.  In all, more than 1,500 students receive national awards each year. Past winners include Truman Capote, Robert Redford, and Andy Warhol.   

Click here for a list of Lake Travis High School regional Gold Key recipients. They were recognized at a reception and awards ceremony January 24 at St. Stephens Episcopal School - Helm Fine Arts Center.