Brevin Scullion and Kaleb McCloud
Long hours of hard work and dedication is what it takes to create an award winning art piece. Students across the country submitted nearly 300,000 works of art to the Scholastic art show. However, only 3,259 works of art received national awards, which is less than 1 percent. Five of the national award winners are students at Jamesville-DeWitt High School: seniors Lindsey Weir, Gabriella Gibson, Sarina Alexander, and sophomores Azriel Czerniak Linder and Sophie Clinton.
The Scholastic art competition starts at the state level, students enter their painting, photos, sculptures, and drawings and it is voted on by judges for specific awards. The state competition receives thousands of entries every year, but the nation competition selects very few from the state entries to participate in the national competition.
Linder was very happy when she won because it was so unexpected. While in Finland, Linder took a photo of a plane in the sky. “I saw similar pictures on the internet so I was inspired to take the picture,” said Linder, who won a silver key in the national competition.
Weir, now a senior, has taken her art seriously since her freshman year. Though she has won at the state level before, this is her first national award. Weir won for a still life of bottles which she started as a junior and it took about a year to complete. “It was really cool to win because not many people get awards,” said Weir. She thought she had the ability to win the state award, but she was very surprised that she also a silver key in the national contests.
The national award ceremony for Scholastic will be at Carnegie Hall in New York City on June 7. Sophomore Sophie Clinton, who won a gold medal for her drawing, will be attending the award ceremony this upcoming June. Following the award ceremony, winning students have the chance to send their art to New York City to have it displayed there. After that, select students may have their art selected to travel around the country for upwards to a year.
All the students have one thing in common besides winning national art awards; they all were helped along the way by art teacher Jacob Brodsky. Mr. Brodsky worked with students, giving them tips and advice on how they could reach their potential as artist. “It’s very gratifying seeing these students work so hard and to receive such a difficult award,” said Mr. Brodsky; “Every student that won the national award was more than deserving and it was just amazing to see it.”