Teens recognized for creativity

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BRATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC) will showcase the work of 119 teenagers from across Vermont who have been recognized by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for their exceptional artistic and literary talent. Their award-winning artwork and writing will be exhibited at BMAC Feb. 13 through March 2, culminating in an awards ceremony at noon Saturday, March 2.

The awards ceremony is free and open to the public. Syndicated cartoonist Hilary Price will deliver a keynote address.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is a national recognition program for aspiring visual artists and writers. Each year, students in grades 7-12 are invited to submit art and writing in dozens of categories, including ceramics, digital art, painting, photography, poetry, science fiction, personal essay/memoir, and more. Submissions are judged on a statewide level, and then some are considered for national awards, including college scholarships, museum exhibitions, and publication opportunities.

Statewide awards consist of Gold Key, Silver Key, and Honorable Mention. This year's Gold Key winners from Windham County are listed below. A list of all Vermont award winners appears on the BMAC website: brattleboromuseum.org. National awards will be announced by the end of March.

BMAC has administered the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for Vermont since 2011. According to BMAC Exhibitions Manager Sarah Freeman, participation in the program has grown steadily since its inception. This year's award-winning work was selected from 559 submissions by 197 students from around the state.

'Gold Key' Winners

- Brattleboro Union High School: Miles Anton, grade 10; Joseph Koes, grade 11; Grace Learey, grade 10; Molly Majer, grade 11;

- Putney School: Anna Apilado, grade 11; Noa Bader, grade 9; Sophie Banks, grade 10; Steven Chen, grade 11; Ethan Hubbard, grade 12; Christopher Rodes, grade 11; Eleanor (Nora) Rodes, grade 11; Yatong Tian, grade 12; William Xuan, grade 12; Lingwen Zhang, grade 10.

- Vermont Academy: Cody Engle, grade 12; Miranda Fuller, grade 12; Sam Kendrick, grade 12; Cody Thurber, grade 12; Lance Zhang, grade 12.

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