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Mexico Middle, High School Students Win Art Honors

Mexico Middle School eighth grade studio art students Marcus Babcock and Alexis Plumley show off their art pieces, which received awards in the regional Scholastic art competition.

Mexico Middle School eighth grade studio art students Marcus Babcock and Alexis Plumley show off their art pieces, which received awards in the regional Scholastic art competition.

MEXICO – The talent of several Mexico Academy and Central School District middle and high school students stood out among thousands of entries in the recent Scholastic art competition.

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Mexico Middle School eighth grade studio art students Marcus Babcock and Alexis Plumley show off their art pieces, which received awards in the regional Scholastic art competition.

The highest level of achievement, a gold key, was awarded to Mexico Middle School eighth grade studio art student Alexis Plumley for her “Golden Giraffe” entry in the ceramics and glass category.

A core belief of the school district is its value of creativity and innovation, and the Scholastic art competition is just one way students have shown off their hard work from their own raw talent and lessons learned in MACS schools.

The regional competition included participation from schools throughout 13 counties and more than 5,000 submitted pieces of sculpture, printmaking, video game design, art portfolio, jewelry, digital art, ceramics and glass, editorial cartoon and fashion, among other art categories.

Award winners were recently announced and will be recognized during a special Jan. 11 ceremony at the SRC Arena at Onondaga Community College, Syracuse.

The “Bears in Traffic” painting earned Mexico High School 11th grader April McConnell a Silver Key in the regional Scholastic art competition. Her work will be among 1,500 entries displayed at Onondaga Community College.
The “Bears in Traffic” painting earned Mexico High School 11th grader April McConnell a Silver Key in the regional Scholastic art competition. Her work will be among 1,500 entries displayed at Onondaga Community College.

About 1,500 pieces of work will be showcased in OCC’s Whitney Applied Technology Center from Jan. 12 to March 3.

Additional MACS award winners include:

• Marcus Babcock, Mexico Middle School eighth grade studio art student, for his “Beyond Earth” Honorable Mention.
• Megan Shaw, Mexico High School 12th grader, for her “Floral Escape” photography Honorable Mention.
• Kimberly Heagerty, Mexico High School 11th grader, for her “Heavydirtysoul” painting Silver Key award.
• April McConnell, Mexico High School 11th grader, for her “Bears in Traffic” painting Silver Key Award.