Several students win Scholastic Art Awards; senior recognized with national award

Abby Bamburg, Entertainment Editor

Recently, Blue Valley students won keys and honors for their art pieces. Art teacher Mark Mosier said there are two parts to these competitions: the regional competition and the national competition. The students sent in their entries electronically on Dec. 1.
“Regional entries are sent to Iowa and those are judged for a several state area here in the Midwest,” he said. “The national metals are sent to New York.”
Senior Sidney Miller was the only student at BV to win a national award for her photograph.
Junior Rosie Fisk won a gold key at the regional contest for her piece in Ceramics.
“We entered in the competition right before winter break,” Fisk said. “I entered two ceramics pieces into the Scholastic Art Awards, and right before spring break, we got the results back by email and notified the teacher.”
Mosier said the awards are a great honor because they date back to the 1920s.
“Historically, it’s a long-running program,” Mosier said. “It has been the place where art students can get national recognition awards [and] scholarships. It includes the whole country and has high standards of achievement and quality work. Plus, it’s also a great honor when the national gold and silver key winners get to go to New York and walk across the stage at Carnegie Hall to receive their awards.”
Mosier said the awards are a positive thing to put on a college application for scholarships in the stduents future.
“From that national recognition, there are art schools that have scholarship award programs on achievement portfolios,” she said.
Fisk said her first emotion when she saw that she won was surprised.
“It wasn’t the best out of my class so I didn’t expect to win such an honorable award,” she said. “But it was a good feeling.”
The award includes a metal and a pin to put on a letterman jacket.
Fisk is taking four art classes next year and hopes to go to Savannah College of Art and Design.
Mosier said he felt very proud of his art students that won the awards.
“It’s always exciting,” he said. “That’s why we teach. We want to help students achieve their dreams and be recognized for the cool stuff that they do.”