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Student Artwork and Writing Awarded

(Hartford, Conn.) Four students from CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts High School, Hartford, were recently awarded for their artwork and writing by the Connecticut Regional Scholastic Art Awards program. This juried event recognized only the state’s best student work in many art media categories.

Two students received the highest honor of Gold keys. Two were awarded to junior Zackary Sladek of Stafford Springs for his photography. A Gold key, two Silver keys, and two honorable mentions went to senior Madison Culpepper of Torrington in the Writing category. Both Culpepper’s and Sladek’s Gold key work will go on to national judging in New York City in March. If they receive gold medals there, their work will be exhibited in New York and they’ll be honored at a ceremony at Carnegie Hall in June.

Two other students also received awards. A Silver key went to senior Haley Royal of Farmington for Drawing. Gabrielle Clifone of Torrington received an honorable mention in Ceramics.

The students’ work competed with more than 1,500 entries from students in 150 public, parochial, and private schools. Just 683 works were accepted for an exhibit entitled “Celebrating the Creative Spirit of Connecticut Youth” at the University of Hartford. From that accepted number, there were 259 Gold key awards (including 67 Gold portfolios), 197 Silver keys, and 225 Honorable Mention awards. Awards were announced on January 28 at the university’s Lincoln Theater.

The 27th annual Connecticut Regional Scholastic Art Awards was the largest juried student art exhibition in the state. An affiliate of the National Scholastic Art Awards and The Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, this national program was originated to honor the creative efforts of grade 7 to 12 students in public, private, and parochial schools. It is the largest and most senior program of its type in the country. The goal is to recognize and encourage talented visual artists from across the state.

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