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MHS students' artwork receives national awards

April 5, 2018

the award winners poseArtwork created by students in Monticello High School’s STREAM journey (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) has been recognized regionally – and nationally-- for its excellence. Monticello students received awards in all levels of the 2018 National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

The students drew upon the skills that they have been learning in courses that are part of the STREAM journey, such as Digital Art and Graphic Design and Animation to create these award-winning works. The recipients designed and printed out the fabric they used to construct the award-winning fashion pieces and used digital art and animation techniques to create their award-winning film and animation pieces. The high school’s art club served as a support to encourage students to make works for the annual Fashion Faux-Pas show.

Submissions were eligible to receive “honorable mention,” “silver key” or “gold key” distinction at the Regional level, which included Sullivan, Dutchess, Ulster and Orange counties. Silver key and gold key artwork was displayed in SUNY New Paltz’s art gallery during the annual Regional Scholastic Show, and gold key artwork became eligible for national medals. Students around the nation submitted 350,000 works of art and of those, 19,000 received gold keys. 3,259 of the gold keys received national medals. Monticello students received distinctions at each of these levels.

Rachel Whitbeck’s work, “Hashtag Black Power,” received a gold medal at the national level, placing it in the top 1% of submissions. Rachel’s fashion piece also received the Civic Expressions Award and $1,000 scholarship, a distinction awarded to a work that expresses the views of its creator on a contemporary topic. She will also have the opportunity to attend various celebration events in New York City, including an awards ceremony at Carnegie Hall and the Scholastic Show at Parsons New School, where her winning piece will be displayed.

Monticello students received the following distinctions:

Honorable Mention:
Dylan Broder, Fashion, “Floral Set”
Emma Hildebrandt, Film and Animation, “Scary Scarecrow”

Silver key:
Wilson Bances-Hernandez: Digital Art, “The Circle” and “Impatience”
Dylan Broder, Fashion, “Journey Skirt” and Film and Animation, “Life Cycle of a Dandelion”

Gold key, National Gold Medal, and Civic Expressions Award and Scholarship:
Rachel Whitbeck, Fashion, “Hashtag Black Power”
All of these award-winning pieces will be featured alongside many other wonderful works of art at MCSD’s annual district-wide Art Show on May 18 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the high school gym. The Fashion Faux-Pas show will kick-off at 6 p.m.