Art students receive national recognition

Jessica Peyton


A black and white rendering of Gordon’s Golden Key piece, “Airglow.” Taylor Gordon


Gordon won a Gold Key for this piece, entitled “Third World Living.” Taylor Gordon


Setelin’s piece, “Around We Go,” which earned the title of Honorable Mention. Emily Setelin

A competition with past winners
including Andy Warhol, Truman
Capote, Robert Redford and Richard
Linklater, the Scholastic Art and
Writing Awards is a competition
that takes its entries very seriously.
This year, a few talented students at
Hanover were added to that prestigious
list of alumni.
These awards began in 1923 and
have been recognizing “vision, ingenuity
and talent of our nation’s
youth” ever since. Students upload
their works online with information,
like the size of the artwork, a title
and how it was created. The selection
process for one of these awards
consists of a panel of judges. These
judges go through each work and
determine whether it should receive
nothing at all, an honorable mention,
a silver key or a gold key. If a student
receives a gold key, his or her
art moves on to national judging.
Scholastic states that approximately
255,000 original works were
submitted for the 2014 program
year, so even an honorable mention
is a significant achievement. The
competition is meant to recognize
the talent of the artistically inclined
youth in America and to foster interest
in creativity.
Students can enter in either an
art or writing category, with each of
those categories encompassing subcategories;
Art mediums can range
from sculpture, video, graphic design
photography, etc. Writing can
be submitted in different forms, including
Four students at Hanover were
presented with a level of recognition
in the competition this year. Senior
Taylor Gordon won three gold keys,
a silver key and two honorable mentions
for the artwork she submitted.
She thinks the competition is a good
way to allow students to be recognized
outside the classroom for their
“I like having that recognition for
my work and seeing that my hard
work pays off. It’s also fun to be
able to see how my work compares
to other people’s across the state,”
Gordon said.
This is the second year of entering
the competition for Senior Emily
Setelin. “I was in it last year, and
I got honorable mention.”
She entered again this year because
she had an idea for a piece of
art she was excited about. “I made a
window basically, and put an actual
image onto the glass. I put photo paper
onto glass and then put an image
on that so you could see through the
glass and you could see through the
picture,” Setelin said.
This year the deadline for entries
was in December rather than January
like it was last year. “I found out
about it a week before it was due,”
Setelin said.
Despite the last minute notice,
Setelin received an honorable mention
for her photograph of a carousel
titled ‘Around We Go’ that she also
Junior Connor Parsley received
two silver keys for his graphic designs
and senior Erin Thorn received
one gold key, three silver keys and
four honorable mentions for her
works of art. This was Thorn’s first
year of entering and Parsley’s second.
Last year, Parsley took home a
gold key regionally and went on to
win a silver key nationally. Parsley
received the national silver key for
designing a deck of playing cards.
“It started with this graphic arts
project. We had to make a whole
deck of playing cards. They had to
have a theme, and mine was themed
off of robots. We printed some of
them out to make the actual cards.”
Along with the honor of saying
he has received a national art award,
Parsley also received a pin.
“I’d like to think my art has progressed
since last year,” Parsley said.
In years past Scholastic has partnered
with the Virginia Museum of
Fine Arts, and the artwork of award
recipients would be hung in the
museum. Because Scholastic did not
partner with the VMFA this year
there was no prize for regionals, but
if a student’s art is selected in the
national competition, his or her artwork
will be hung in Carnegie Hall.
Gold key winners found out about
nationals the week of March 9.


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