Middle School Students Take Home Top Honors in Scholastic Art Awards

Five Mequon-Thiensville School District middle school students received honors in the recent state Scholastic Art Awards competition.

Giana Lim of Steffen Middle School and Leila Mohsenian of Lake Shore Middle School both took home Gold Key top honors for their work in the categories of drawing and printmaking, respectively. In addition, Lake Shore’s Colin Corday (printmaking) and Max Miller (drawing) received Silver Key awards, while Miller and Steffen’s Ayelia Moore both received honorable mention in printmaking.

“This is a huge honor for our students, who have worked very hard and demonstrated some impressive natural talents in drawing and printmaking,” said Diane Berndt, art educator at both Steffen and Lake Shore. “These middle school students were competing with many high school students at a statewide level. We are incredibly proud of Giana, Leila, Colin, Max and Ayelia for their remarkable accomplishments.”

The Scholastic Art Awards recognize students for work that demonstrates originality, technical skill and a personal voice and vision. All Gold and Silver Key recipients will have their work displayed at the Milwaukee Art Museum, and there will be a Wisconsin Awards Day celebrating the winners on Saturday, Feb. 11 at the museum. Students, families, teachers and principals will all take part in the event. 

“At MTSD, we believe in providing students with opportunities in the arts, fostering their creativity and allowing them to explore talents they might not even have known they had,” said Dr. Demond A. Means, superintendent. “This is yet another great example of the extraordinary things happening in our schools.”

Gold Key recipients will move on to the national Scholastic Art Awards competition, with the opportunity for students to have their works displayed in New York City. To learn more about the program, visit http://www.artandwriting.org.

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