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Marcellus artists bring home 47 CNY Scholastic Art Awards

Jan. 20 – Twenty-six Marcellus students received a total of 47 awards in the 2016 CNY Scholastic Art Awards competition, including 12 prestigious Gold Key and 15 Silver Key awards, during an awards ceremony this month at Onondaga Community College.    

More than 5,000 pieces of art were submitted from approximately 2,000 students in grades 7-12 in the 13-county Central New York region. Individual pieces and eight-piece portfolios were awarded Gold Key (highest honor), Silver Key and Honorable Mention. Gold Key award winners will be considered for national-level recognition.

“This is a tough competition, and we are proud of all our students who participated,” Marcellus High School art teacher Tara Charles said. “Kudos to all those you brought home awards and get the honor of appearing in the show!”

Following the awards ceremony at host site Onondaga Community College, an exhibit of over 1,500 winning works was unveiled. The exhibit is free and open to the public at OCC’s Whitney Applied Technology Center between Jan. 15 and Feb. 26. The exhibit is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends.

Onondaga Community College, as part of their Arts Across Campus initiative, has hosted this program for 17 consecutive years. Other area supporters include Syracuse Ceramic Guild, Light Work, Delavan Center, Syracuse Cultural Workers, Everson Museum, John D. Barrow Art Gallery, The Art Store/Commercial Art Supply, Tracy L. Haylor Memorial Fund, Rudy Hellmann Photography, and OCC Foundation.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, which includes regional competitions in more than 100 communities around the country, have an impressive legacy dating back to 1923 and a noteworthy roster of past winners, including Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford and Syracuse University alumna Joyce Carol Oates. To date, the Awards have encouraged more than 13 million students, recognized more than 9 million young artists and writers, and made available more than $25 million in awards and scholarships. They continue to be the longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in the United States.
Award winners from Marcellus High School included:
Portfolio Awards:
  • Bryce Boynton: Silver Key
  • Maryrose Cioci: Honorable Mention
  • Madolyn DiCaprio: Two Silver Keys (submitted two portfolios)
  • Bekah Herold: Silver Key
  • Sha-Lee LaMarre: Silver Key
  • Rickie Mixon: Silver Key
  • Shyanne Rosetti: Gold Key
  • Schuyler Stuart: Honorable Mention
  • Kayley Wagner: Gold Key and Silver Key (submitted two portfolios)
Individual Awards:
  • Bryce Boynton: Three Gold Keys and one Silver Key, ceramics
  • Abigail Delaney: Silver Key, drawing
  • Madolyn DiCaprio: Two Silver Keys, photography; four Honorable Mention, photography
  • Tom Fiacchi: Gold Key, photography
  • Sage Hall: Honorable Mention, photography
  • Bekah Herold: Honorable Mention, drawing
  • Jillian Hunt: Silver Key, design; Honorable Mention, design
  • Sha-Lee LaMarre: Honorable Mention, photography
  • Evelyn Leubner: Gold Key, photography
  • Andrew Marsh: Honorable Mention, drawing
  • Bella Matro: Honorable Mention, photography; Honorable Mention, digital art
  • Rickie Mixon: Honorable Mention, photography
  • Luke Norstad: Silver Key, painting
  • Shelby Panek: Silver Key, photography
  • Sarah Posecznick: Gold Key, design; Honorable Mention, drawing
  • Rachel Randall: Honorable Mention, photography
  • Abigail Ryan: Honorable Mention, design
  • Michaela Snook: Honorable Mention, photography
  • Matt Strempel: Honorable Mention, ceramics
  • Abby Vetsch: Honorable Mention, photography
  • Kayley Wagner: Gold Key, digital art; two Gold Keys and a Silver Key, photography
Award winner from C. S. Driver Middle School: Grace Femano: Gold Key, painting

Congratulations, one and all!

Watch a slideshow featuring some of the award winners below.


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