Bay High School students' creativity recognized

Bay High School junior Annie McMerrell's "True Colors" painting won a Gold Key at the recent Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition.

The 2023 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards were announced recently, and 36 Bay High School students won 60 awards in categories such as poetry, sculpture, flash fiction, photography and more. Of those 60 awards, 22 were Gold Keys, 14 were Silver Keys and 24 were Honorable Mentions. The Gold Key award is the highest honor of distinction in this competition.

Bay High School Gold Key art winners: junior Gianna Crimaldi, photography; junior Laila Florentino, photography; junior Mallory Fry, painting; senior Emilia Gulley, sculpture; freshman Martin Hausler, painting and drawing & illustration; junior Danielle Lentes, painting; sophomore Olivia McIntire, sculpture; junior Annie McMerrell, painting; freshman Sebastian Sabre, photography; senior Larson Toil, photography; and senior Emilia Ullom, painting and art portfolio. Emilia is also one of only five students in the Greater Cleveland Region nominated for an American Visions award.

“The amount of talent within this group is exceptional,” said Thomas Schemrich, chairperson of the Bay High School Art Department. “I have no doubt that many of these students will go on to successfully pursue art careers in college and beyond.”

Bay High School Gold Key writing winners: senior Amelia Bohac, personal essay & memoir; senior Isabella Fusco, poetry; junior Aaron Ingraham, personal essay & memoir; senior Charlotte Reising, personal essay & memoir; and junior Faith Teutschbein, poetry.

“We are very proud of these students and their teachers for their hard work. The Scholastic Awards are a fantastic showcase for the talent and creativity of our students,” said Dr. Beatriz Bishop, chairperson of the Bay High School English Department.

Faculty from Cleveland Institute of Art served as judges for this annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition.

Karen Uthe Semancik

Karen Misciagna is the director of communications for Bay Village Schools.

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Volume 15, Issue 3, Posted 8:59 AM, 02.21.2023