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Newton Students Earn More than 80 Scholastic Art Awards

Newton South topped the list with 42 awards, more than any other Newton school.

With more than 80 awards won by 70 students, Newton was certainly well-represented in this year's Boston Globe Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Among Newton's high schools, Newton South High School took home the most honors, with 42 awards between 33 students. 

The 42 awards at Newton South included 20 Gold Key Awards, 12 Silver Key Awards and 10 Honorable Mentions, according to a press release issued by the Newton South Arts Department. 

In addition, Newton South students won the most film and animation awards of any school in the state, the press release said. 

Over at Newton North High School, 24 students took home a total of 29 awards, including six Gold Key Awards, 14 Silver Key Awards and nine Honorable Mentions.

For a full list of the students honored, check out spreadsheet the .pdf section above.

According to the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards website, the awards are broken up in to multiple regions across the country. Submissions are judged by a panel of jurors made up of artists, writers, educators and creative professionals.

The Gold Key awards are the highest regional award, representing approximately 7-10 percent of all regional submissions. Gold Key Awards are also considered for national-level recognition.

Silver Key awards represent 10-15 percent of all regional submissions and Honorable Mentions represent approximately 15-20 percent of all regional submissions, the website says.

In addition to Newton North and Newton South, 11 Newton Country Day Students were recognized with awards, including 10 Honorable Mentions and one Silver Key Award, according to information released by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

Two Mount Alvernia High School students were also recognized with Honorable Mentions.

This year's Gold Key Award winners, who will be considered for national awards and scholarships, include:

Newton North:

  • Audrey Derobert, Photography
  • Xiang Ding, Painting
  • Lee Moriarty, Ceramics
  • Daniel Seaward, Painting
  • Sophie Sokolov, Printmaking
  • Amalia Sweet, Printmaking 

Newton South:

  • Jasper Barbash-Taylor, photography 
  • Sophia Canning, painting 
  • Benjamin Eisenberg, drawing 
  • Gianna Fernandes, ceramics 
  • Ellie Goldsmith, photography (2 Gold Key Awards)
  • Olivia Hamilton, sculpture
  • Henry Nelson, photography
  • Victor Qin, architecture and painting (2 Gold Key Awards)
  • Francesca Sands, photography (2 Gold Key Awards)
  • Sonam Shankar, photography
  • Oleksiy Skrynnyk, drawing
  • Jonathan Stricker, photography
  • Nicole Varpahovsky, photography
  • Nicole Vertescher, photography
  • Maggie Whalen, photography
  • Yaara Yacoby, mixed media
  • Amanda Yong, photography

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