LAKE TWP.  “It’s a good feeling to be recognized for your artwork outside of the teachers and your peers.”

Lake Local Schools student Emily Weil said that about earning a Gold Key (the top award) from the 2018-19 regional Scholastic Art competition. She won for her horse head piece made of foam and covered with all of the ribbons she has earned over the past 10 years showing horses.

“I created the piece last year in art class," she said. "The assignment was to create a living form out of found objects. I had all these ribbons from showing horses and I wanted a smaller place to put them so I attached them to my horse head figure."

Weil said she was surprised to win the top award. She believes art will be more of hobby for her in the future. She is undecided about her major in college but would like to join AmeriCorps and do community projects such as disaster recovery, helping out in poverty-stricken areas and helping improve the environment.

Weil is open to winning at the national level and possibly visiting Carnegie Hall in New York City where the awards ceremony is held.

“I’m excited to think about winning at the national level. It would be nice to see my artwork displayed in New York city,” Weil said.

Weil was one of many Lake students awarded for their artistry talents at the Regional Scholastic Art Awards announced in the first week of January. Here are the others from Lake Local who earned awards:

Lake Seniors: Kali Aten-Honorable Mention-(glass sphinx); Kristen Vargo-HM-Landscape (beads), Vargo-HM, "Through my Father's Eyes," Emily Weil- Gold Key-Show Off (horse head-this piece will be displayed at the KSU art show, then be entered in a national art show in New York City). 

Lake Juniors: Gabby Nichols-Silver Key- Tranquilo (painting of truck; this piece will be displayed at the KSU art show); Jacob Parker-HM-"I Just Wanna Get Lost" (forest view)

Eighth grade: Madison Taylor-HM-Hercules

Visual Arts Department Chair and art teacher Karan Knish said that she along with other Lake staff, including Jason Keller and Heather Boxler, were excited once again to have their art students win awards at the regional competition.

“We’ve had a few kids win nationally,” Knish said. “As recently as three years ago, we had a student win National Gold Key and went all the way to Carnegie Hall. The student won scholarships from art schools and colleges. She did end up going to Ohio University and studying the arts.”

The artworks get sent in from art students all over the country for the regional level. The region that Lake students were in included Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas, Wayne and Portage counties.

“The art gets submitted digitally to the judges, who for this region, came together at Kent State Stark to make their selections. After the judges announced the awards, Kent State also held an art show for the public to come in and see the original artworks,” Knish said.

Knish is on the regional Scholastic awards Committee and encourages her students every year to submit their works. She added that the art teachers look forward to this competition every year because of the regional and national aspects.

Knish said the students will get announcements of their national competition awards in early March.

About the annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

The awards recognize student achievement in visual and literary arts in 29 categories, including editorial cartoon, poetry, graphic design, fashion, science fiction, video game design and more.

Since 1923, the Awards have recognized and encouraged millions of students, including Truman Capote, Philip Pearlstein, Sylvia Plath, Andy Warhol and John Updike, who won when they were teens.  In more recent years, famous names such as Stephen King, Myla Goldberg, Zac Posen, Lena Dunham and Richard Linklater have become alumni of the program.

The Awards offer opportunities for creative teens to earn recognition, exhibition, publication and scholarships. An Award signifies to parents, teachers, the community and colleges that a student is an accomplished artist or writer.

Through the Scholarship Provider Network, $10 million in scholarships are set aside specifically for Scholastic Award–winning high school seniors to apply for at more than 60 colleges and universities who have partnered with the Alliance.

Nearly 70,000 teen artists and writers are recognized in their regions each year. More than 1 million original works have been submitted and over $40 million has been made available in scholarships and awards to top winning students over the past five years alone. Works are judged on originality, technical skill, and emergence of personal vision or voice.

Founded in 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are presented by the national nonprofit organization, the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, and are made possible through the generosity of Scholastic Inc., The Maurice R. Robinson Fund, Command Web Offset Co., The New York Times, New York Life Foundation, The Herb Block Foundation, Blick Art Materials & Utrecht Art Supplies, Golden Artist Colors, Bloomberg Philanthropies, ESA Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Creative Circle, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Amazon Literary Partnerships, and numerous other individual, foundations, and corporate funders; and, for the National Student Poets Program, the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Poetry Foundation.