Marcellus High School senior Kayley Wagner, whose artwork won four coveted Gold Keys and two Silver Keys in the regional CNY Scholastic Art Awards competition earlier this year, was honored at the national level in the 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the nation's longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 7–12.
A record-breaking 320,000 works of art and writing were submitted for judging at the regional level – through the more than 100 local affiliates of the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers Alliance – in 29 categories, including poetry, photography, sculpture, humor, editorial cartoons, video game design and more.
Wagner was one of Marcellus Central School District’s 26 regional winners in January and one of six Gold Key-winning students to advance to the national competition.
Her digital art image, titled “Stressed,” (right), was among the 2,200 works selected for national recognition. At an awards ceremony in June, she will receive a silver medal.
“We are always astonished by the sheer energy and ingenuity of the creative work that students produce, and by their bravery in putting it into the world for feedback from arts professionals,” said Virginia McEnerney, executive director of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the nonprofit organization that presents the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. “We hear from alumni of the program every single day that receiving a Scholastic Award is life-changing, and we are thrilled to give that opportunity to talented students from across the country again this year.”