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Two Marcellus student-artists received national awards

March 22, 2017 -- Marcellus High School junior Kayla Fogg and senior Abigail VanCamp, whose artwork won coveted Gold Keys in the regional CNY Scholastic Art Awards competition earlier this year, have been honored at the national level in the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the nation's longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 7–12.

Kayla won a Silver Medal for her sculpture, “The Strength of Decay,” and Abby won a Silver Medal for her art portfolio, “Between the Lines.”

More than 330,000 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, painting, architecture, short story, fashion design and more.

"Competition at the national level is pretty tough, so we are thrilled to have two students medal this year!" Marcellus art teachers Nathan Caza, Tara Charles and Donna de Monte said.

Kayla and Abby were two of Marcellus Central School District’s 27 regional winners in January and one of several Gold Key-winning students to advance to the national competition. Their artwork was among the 2,500 works selected for national recognition.

"Our wonder and amazement at the creative output of our country's youth—and the dedication of our extraordinary educators—never ceases, and this year is no exception," said Virginia McEnerney, Executive Director of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the nonprofit organization that presents the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. "The young people being recognized today for the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are to be celebrated for their creative and critical thinking, their bravery in telling their own stories on their own terms, and their inventiveness in recording and recreating their worlds.”

Since the program’s founding in 1923, the Awards have fostered the creativity and talent of millions of students, including renowned alumni who have gone on to become leaders in their fields, including Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Philip Pearlstein and Sylvia Plath. More recently, Stephen King, Richard Linklater, Zac Posen and Lena Dunham won Scholastic Art & Writing Awards when they were teens.

Abby Van Camp's award-winning artwork
"Rabbit Hole," one of the mixed media pieces featured in Abigail Van Camp's
award-winning portfolio.
Kayla Fogg's award-winning artwork
"Treehouse," Kayla Fogg's award-winning sculpture.

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