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Islanders earn recognition in Scholastic Art Awards show

Artistic talent and creativity is present at Grand Island Senior High as several art students were recently recognized in the state Scholastic Art Awards.

Twenty-three pieces of art and one senior portfolio earned recognition, including six students who earned Gold Key awards. 

Art teacher Micki Nuss said her students continue to amaze her.

“They continue to impress me with their skill sets and creative ideas every single day,” Nuss said.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards were founded in 1923 and aim to inspire bold ideas in creative teens throughout the country.

Gold Key entries are automatically considered for national awards, including Gold Medal, Silver Medal with Distinction, Silver Medal, and scholarship awards.

Here are the list of award winners:

Gold Keys

Cindy Garcia- Clay- Bust

Kalyssa Littlejohn- Graphite Drawing- Self Portrait

Angella Nguyen- Ink Pen Drawing- Self Portrait

Aspen Poltack- Cardboard Mask- Lion Head

Amy Smith- Graphite Drawing- Their life

Eboni Sughroue- Oil Painting- Connections

Silver Keys

Hailey Jakubowski -Oil Painting- Familiar Faces

Kalyssa Littlejohn-Clay- Eyebowl

Kyra Rundle- Crochet- Mind behind the eye

Ashlyn Ruzicka- Clay- Fruit Bowl

Ashlyn Ruzicka- Clay- Pinch Pot

Amy Smith- Graphite Drawing- My Life


Honorable Mentions

Kaylah Andrade- Ink Pen- Self Portrait

Brianna Guzman- Plaster Sculpture- Untitled (Red and Black Form)

Hailey Jakubowski- Painting-Familiar Faces 2

Briannah Kutschkau- Graphite Drawing- Family

Briannah Kutschkau- Ink Pen- Self Portrait

Clarissa Lucas-Oil Painting- Scapes

Diana Salas- Crochet- Me doll

Diana Salas- Graphite Drawing- Two sided drawing

Amy Smith-Clay- Bust

Mak Terrill- Oil Painting- Bathtub and shower

Diana Venegas- Clay- Self Portrait

Kyra Rundle- Multiple Mediums- Portfolio


Congratulations to our Islander artists!

View the gallery of award winning GISH art here.

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