WHS students earn Gold Keys in art, writing awards
Westlake High School senior Mary DeFeo won a Gold Key for a creative writing piece, and senior Jace Lee won two Gold Keys for artwork in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Gold Keys are the highest award in the regional level of the competition. Winning works are automatically considered for national-level recognition.
Earning Silver Keys are WHS junior Katherine Mazzella and seniors Mary DeFeo, Julia Kiss and Sneha Ramachandran.
Honorable mentions were earned by seniors Sara Massa and Ashley Crise; juniors Katherine Mazzella, Patrick Lee and Madelyne Dunn; and sophomore Howard Duangkla.
This year, more than 330,000 works of art and writing were submitted to 118 affiliate regions across the country. In this region, nearly 10,000 pieces were submitted.
Presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards program is the nation’s longest-running, largest and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens. Over the past 90 years the awards have recognized and encouraged artists and writers such as Sylvia Plath, Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Robert Redford, Tom Otterness and Zac Posen.