Oswego Students Hold the Key to Scholastic Art Awards

OSWEGO, NY – The 2013 Central New York Scholastic Arts competition is the elite show of the year for talented high school students.

Once again the Oswego High School was well-represented when the awards were distributed.

Click here to view Oswego City School District Scholastics 2013

Five students earned individual Gold Key Awards while six Silver Key Awards were presented to OHS artists.

This year 4,600 entries were considered for recognition, but only a handful of Gold Keys are awarded. The competition includes nearly 90 Central New York School Districts.

Judges recognized the accomplishments of several talented Oswego High School students.

Oswego Art Teacher Melissa Martin said, “Only a handful of the 4,600 entries received awards. Oswego High School students had an outstanding showing this year receiving the most ‘Gold Key Awards’ of any school in Oswego County. Overall we won 26 awards.”

The “Gold Key” works are considered the best in New York State and continue on to national competition.

This year’s “Gold Keys” were presented Criszer Cabanlig and Rebecca North for drawing, Lauren Dafoe for photography, and Mike Edwards and Makayla Carson for graphic design.

The individual “Silver Key” recognition was given to five students as Emily Henderson earned two for drawing; Kayla Volkomer also received a drawing award.

Michaela Moran earned a jewelry design “Silver” and Chrissy Abare along with Allie Henderson graphic design recognition.

Abare also received a “Silver Key” for her art portfolio.

Lauren Dafoe and Patricia Talamo each received honor mention for their own photography portfolio.

A dozen individual honorable mention awards were also presented to Oswego High School students.

Abare received one for digital art and another for photography.

Lauren Dafoe earned recognition for graphic design and photography.

Other honorable mentions included Victoria Gardner (drawing), Senna Handley (drawing), Shea Hewitt (architecture), Rebecca North (drawing), Michaela Moran (jewelry design), Mike Edwards (graphic design) and Criszer Cabanlig (drawing).

Martin was quite proud of the Oswego students and noted, “You can see a lot of these kids have strong parental influences that support the arts. They have supported the kids all the way through. It was an amazing year for Oswego High School as our students are among the best in all artistic areas.”