Two seniors at High School North have been recognized by the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for their original pieces of artwork.
Michael Garcia's acrylic painting, Wilted, received the top honor Gold Key award in the regional contest and will now be considered for national-level competition. Caitlin Bonifacio's pen and ink drawings, Avis and Manananggal, received honorable mention recognition.
Both students will be presented with a certificate and pin at the Regional Awards Ceremony in March at Appel Farm Arts and Music Center, affiliate partner of the program for south Jersey. Their AP Studio Arts teacher, Joyce Houlihan, is also invited to the ceremony.
Additionally, Garcia's Gold Key work is currently being reviewed at the national level in New York City by panels of creative professionals. National medalists selected by these panelists will be announced in mid-March. Garcia has also been invited to exhibit his artwork as part of the South Jersey Regional Exhibit at Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts in Millville in late February, as well as onsite on the evening of the regional awards ceremony.
According to its website, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. The mission of the alliance is to "identify students with exceptional artistic and literary talent and present their remarkable work to the world through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards." Through the Awards, students receive opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication, and scholarships.
Garcia and Bonifacio are both students in Joyce Houlihan's AP Studio Art class and completed their recognized works as part of their portfolios.