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Seniors win Scholastic Gold Key Art Award

Sarah Hibberd
Senior Ella Reaugh works with pen. Reaugh also received a perfect score on the AP exam and a nomination for the US Presidential Scholar in the Arts award.

Seniors Madisyn Stutler, Fariba Avali, Jenna Garcia, Karlee Williams and Ella Reaugh won Scholastic Gold Key awards in the 2022 Scholastic Art & Writing regional competition. Avali won a Gold Key award from her print titled Bingo. With approximately 320,000 total entries, 1% of students receive the Gold Keys.

“They give out different keys or levels of recognition of people that submit work, so if you receive a gold key, you are automatically admitted to consideration for you to get flown out to New York and participate in the next step in the gold key process,” Alavi said. 

Scholastic hosts the competition, in both writing and visual art fields. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the longest-running scholarship and recognition organizations across the country. The panel of judges seek work that exemplifies originality, technical skill and emergence of a personal voice or vision.

“I wanted to win, so I submitted a bunch of them,” Reaugh said. “I got a gold key for my sustained investigation from last year, this book I made, a fabric piece I made and another for one of the individual pieces in my sustained investigation.”

Gold Key winners receive a key pin in the mail for their achievement. After they’re awarded the keys, the artists’ pieces are submitted for evaluation for the national competition. Karlee Williams is the Lovejoy record holder for receiving the highest number of Gold Keys at the high school. She has won multiple awards for four consecutive years. 

Senior Madisyn Stutler works with paint. Stutler frequently works in the back art room with senior Ella Reaugh. (Sarah Hibberd)

“It’s an accomplishment, obviously, but Scholastic isn’t a good example of how good you are or if your work is the best,” Williams said. “[Having the record] makes me feel accomplished.”

Scholastic Art & Writing take entries from grades 7-12. Some of the organization’s notable alumni include Amanda Gorman, Andy Warhol, Stephen King and Sylvia Plath. The organization will mark its 100th year anniversary in 2023.

“I was really surprised because I don’t want to say that it was just for fun, but I did it in like a day,” Avali said. “I had submitted at least four pieces every year for the past four years and not once had I received anything, so I ended up kind of submitting [Bingo] for fun and it ended up winning me a gold key.” 

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Entering her third year writing for TRL, junior Marisa Green is excited to get back into the newsroom. Outside of TRL, Green spends most of her time in the art room, binge watching netflix, running or getting boba with friends. Green loves to read and is always open to hearing new book recommendations. She is a huge dog lover and loves to talk about her dogs, Lulu and Mozart, who take up 90% of her camera roll. Green can’t wait to see what her next year on TRL will have to offer.
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All good things must come to an end, but what about great things? Although she’s approaching the end of her high school career, senior Sarah Hibberd is confident her TRL adventures will last a lifetime. With one year left to make her mark, Sarah returns as an over-optimistic Editor-In-Chief eager to maintain The Red Ledger's multi-award-winning legacy. When out of the newsroom, you may find her in scrubs working towards her pharmacy technician certification, stressing over the application process or gushing over her haircare regimen. Sarah is a proud member of HOSA, the Helping Hands Club, and the National Honor Society. As a victim of the baby fever phenomenon and an aspiring healthcare professional, Sarah will stop at nothing to work with tiny humans in the NICU; she believes in speaking for those who can't speak for themselves. She loves Novo Amor music, smelling candles, making lists and laughing with family. Though fiercely independent, Sarah dreads the thought of leaving home, driving her to make this year one for the books.

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