Young artists and writers receive recognition for their work
Shorewood students annually participate in a competition called the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. This competition includes awards for visual arts such as film, photography, sculpting, graphic arts and painting, as well as written work including poetry, short stories, essays and scripts.
Students in grades 7-12 can enter visual art or writing pieces and seniors have the option to enter a senior portfolio every year, which consists of eight pieces and as an essay about the entries. After submitting these, the artists or writers can receive a gold key, silver key or an honorable mention within the regional competition. All gold key awards immediately are entered in a national competition. Gold and silver key works of art are displayed at the Milwaukee Art Museum.
Shorewood entered a total of 144 visual art entries this year.
“This year we have got more silver and gold’s then we’ve ever had,” said Sonja Juffer, art teacher.
Shorewood won two gold keys, two silver keys and two honorable mentions for senior art portfolios and eleven gold keys, four silver keys and 18 honorable mentions for individual art pieces.
“It’s good for our students to get recognition,” said Juffer, contrasting the visual arts to performing arts that have more opportunities to showcase students’ talents.
“It was pretty exciting … always a good experience,” said Marcus Hoffman, senior, who won several gold keys, silver keys and honorable mentions. “I think anybody that takes an art class should [do it].”
According to Juffer, Shorewood is a smaller school, and by extension has a smaller art department than many others who compete for these awards.
“We can look at what other schools have done and … there are several schools in the area that usually seem like half of the display is their work,” Juffer said. “We did comparably for our size of department.”
The writing side of this competition is not as popular at Shorewood.
“There is this smaller and growing group of people that are submitting written work to Scholastics,” said Mike Halloran, English teacher.
This year, three students, Elena Cruz and Clarence Corbett, juniors, and Annalise Lozier, sophomore, submitted written works along with art pieces. In the past, Dylan Larson-Harsch, senior, and Ellie Wells, 2014 alumnus have submitted written works. Larson-Harsch received a gold key for his work.
This year, Corbett won a gold key, Cruz won two silver keys and Lozier won three silver keys.
According to Halloran, the written portion of the awards are becoming more of an option.
“It seems like now it’s starting to get talked about amongst the students, because I don’t do anything [and] they come to me,” Halloran said.
According to Corbett, it takes a different mindset to create a creative writing piece than it does to create one in the visual arts category.
“The mindset you have to be in for either [is different]” Corbett said.
“Given that it’s on a national stage there, is some prestige associated with it,” Halloran said.
The upsides of receiving this award are numerous. The recognition that comes from the displayed art at various museums is helpful for college applications, and there are also cash awards.
by Leah Jorn